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Motorcycle Safety


Make Changes, Not Excuses.

Drivers play a large role in motorcycle safety. On a motorcycle, a rider is vulnerable. Be aware of motorcyclists on the road and give them the space they need.

Motorcycle riders need to concentrate on the road and make sure other drivers see them. 

For motorcycle operators:

  • Stay out of blind spots! Make sure other drivers see you.
  • Be alert at intersections. Make eye contact with other drivers/riders before making your move.
  • Protect yourself with the right gear and an approved motorcycle helmet.
  • When it comes to other drivers, your speed can be easily misjudged.
  • Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance your visibility.
  • Be aware of what is going on behind you to avoid deadly rear end collisions.
  • Showing off and speeding do not pay off.
  • Sharing the road is one of the keys to having other road users respect you as a motorcyclist. 

For drivers of other vehicles:

  • Share the road – look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.
  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive.


  • Between 2008 and 2012, 3,581 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions. These collisions resulted in 155 deaths and 3,703 injuries.
  • Nearly two thirds of the collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This compares to approximately one in ten for all collisions.
  • In Alberta, wearing a helmet is the law when you are on a motorcycle. Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to incur a fatal injury in a crash than a helmeted rider. 

Source: Government of Alberta Transportation –

2016 Motorcycle Awareness Gazette Advertisement

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Last edited: September 17, 2018

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