Look out for each other returns as the theme for May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, promoted by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC).
— Chris Bourque, Chair of the CMC Board of Directors
FOREST, ONTARIO, CANADA, April 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pay attention to each other as the theme for May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, promoted by the Motorcyclist Confederation of Canada (MCC) .
“Our goal is to remind everyone that motorcycles are back on our roads and trails in full force, and that we all have a responsibility to help keep each other safe,” said Chris Bourque, Chairman of the Board of Directors. of the MCC. “We always want everyone to be Every spring, we take this opportunity to encourage safe riding habits in all motorcyclists and safe driving habits in all road users.
Interest in motorcycling has increased dramatically over the past two years. Sales of all types of motorcycles rose 8.45% in 2021. Sales of street bikes rose 18.1% last year, after an even bigger jump in 2020 when shutdowns fueled sales of what could be considered the ultimate form of “social distancing”. travel and leisure.
All these new bikes mean there are a lot of new riders and returning riders. “Young and young-at-heart motorcyclists are the primary focus of safety messaging this year,” Bourque says. “Whether you’re joining the sport for the first time or returning after a long time away, we want cyclists to be aware of everything they can do to increase their safety.”
This includes some basics: Get trained. Practice your skills. Develop safe driving habits. Ride within your skill limits and under the conditions. These are the best ways to ensure that you can safely enjoy all the pleasures of driving. There are a number of excellent resources available to riders, many of which can be found on the MCC website (motorcycling.ca). Locate basic and advanced training schools and certified instructors. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your machine.
If you haven’t ridden in a while, contact an experienced motorcyclist and soak up their tips and tricks. Experienced riders are usually generous with their knowledge, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. They can remind you that in early spring there is often gravel and debris on the roads left over from winter, which can make turning, braking and stopping safely more difficult. And there is ATGATT – All The Gear All The Time. Wearing the right safety gear and appropriate clothing is a must for all runners.
In collaboration with Watch Out For Each Other, this year’s campaign features faces of motorcyclists to highlight the fact that when you see a motorcycle, whether on the road or on a trail, you are actually seeing a person. Bourque adds: “Under this helmet, behind this visor, is a person. A biker. A friend you haven’t met yet. Let’s all look out for each other.”
The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign is delivered primarily on social media platforms of clubs and organizations across Canada, and through supportive print and online media. This year, new tools make it easy for individuals, businesses and organizations to show and share their support. Filters, frames and stickers containing short messages and branding for the campaign are available on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. They can be added to profile pictures or a favorite picture of your bike, and displayed to show your support for motorcycle safety. By using these tools, you are also reminding your friends, family, and followers to do the same. With the help of the equestrian community, we hope to reach as many people as possible through this grassroots effort.
Be careful! Tips for better riding and driving
Motorists are reminded to watch out for motorcycles on the road. May is the start of peak riding season and there are more motorcycles on our city streets, country roads and highways. Take this second look to better judge the speed and distance of a motorcyclist in your vicinity. Always check your mirrors and blind spots, especially before turning or changing lanes. Allow extra space to avoid cutting into a motorcyclist and allow extra space when riding behind a motorcyclist.
Let’s all look out for each other throughout the season.
About the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the voice of motorcycling in Canada. Our goal is to create a better riding experience for all Canadians and to make Canada one of the safest countries in the world to ride a motorcycle.
Motorcycling is an essential part of our Canadian experience and an important form of transportation and recreation. Today, there are over one million motorcyclists riding on-road and off-road motorcycles across Canada. We are here “So You Can Ride”.