“Motorcycling is a passion,” explains Dave Millier, MCC Chair. “It’s a sport, a hobby, an efficient means of transportation, and an important economic industry in Canada. Our vision is for all motorcyclists to be able to safely experience the sheer joy and sense of freedom that only motorcycling can offer.”
Here in Canada we are fortunate to have beautiful scenery, great trails, and fantastic travel destinations. The unfortunate fact is that motorcycle fatalities are increasing, and it continues to be higher risk for vulnerable road users – including motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – to share the roads with cars and trucks.
“Motorcycle safety needs to be a greater priority across Canada and our road culture needs to change,” says Millier. “A growing number of drivers have a sense of entitlement on the roads and operate with a ‘me first’ attitude. We want to remind drivers that safety and common courtesy on the roads is the responsibility of all road users.”
Motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility
In 2017 MCC launched the Motorcycle Safety Pledge to encourage motorcyclists, drivers, riders and loved ones to recognize that everyone plays an important role in motorcycle safety. The Pledge became an immediate success with both riders and non-riders. It gave people a way to participate and share their support for an important cause. This year MCC is encouraging even more people to take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge because even if you do not ride a motorcycle, chances are you know someone that does.
The Motorcycle Safety Pledge is a promise you make to yourself, friends, and loved ones to help support motorcycle safety. It includes simple things you can do to help promote safety among all road and trail users across Canada.
We all know that driving requires our full attention. We ask that all motorists commit to fully participating in driving, and to put away the distractions, because the consequences of distracted driving are potentially deadly for everyone sharing our roads.
We encourage motorcyclists to wear full protective riding gear every time they get on their motorcycle. Be visible and fully prepared for the responsibility of riding, so you can make arriving alive your greatest priority.
Today our roads present a danger due to distracted drivers. Technology and entertainment is too easily within reach. We’re prepared to start a dialogue on road safety and the role each of us play in being responsible road users. Are you?
Take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge
Join the many Canadians that support motorcycle safety by taking the Motorcycle Safety Pledge. Visit motorcycling.cafor all the details, and tell us why you’re taking the #MotorcycleSafetyPledge on motorcycling.ca, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a public awareness campaign that began as a grassroots movement in the Ottawa valley in 2013. Since then it has evolved into a national initiative to promote motorcycle safety among all road users across Canada. In 2017 MP David Sweet officially declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the House of Commons.
About the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC)
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the voice of motorcycling in Canada. Our purpose 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.
MCC is the national not-for-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of motorcycling interests.
Motorcycling is a vital part of our Canadian experience and an important form of transportation and recreation. Motorcycles take us where we need to go. We ride for the sheer joy and sense of freedom motorcycling offers. Today, there are close to one million motorcyclists riding on and off-road motorcycles across Canada.
About Motorcycling in Canada
Recreational motorcycling has a significant impact on the Canadian economy.
A major socio-economic study of motorcycling in Canada found direct and indirect expenditures on recreational motorcycling were $2.68 billion in 2014. Here are some other facts about the impact of motorcycling, and the contributions made by motorcyclists:
- There are 708,700 people participating in recreational motorcycling in Canada.
- $332 million a year goes to Canada’s three levels of government in the form of taxes to support valuable public services including the building of roads, health care and education.
- $118 million federal
- $167 million provincial
- $47 million municipal
- Based on the widely accepted Regional Economic Model Inc. (REMI) methodology it is estimated that recreational motorcycling will meet or exceed $4 billion annually between 2020 and 2040.
- At least 17,500 Canadians are currently employed in motorcycling-dependent jobs with the number expected to increase to between 20,000 and 23,100 between 2020 and 2040.
- From a purchasing power perspective, motorcycling families typically have higher than average household incomes.
- Recreational motorcyclists raised and donated $13.2 million in charitable donations in 2014.
Read the Recreational Motorcycling in Canada Summary Report and the full Recreational Motorcycling in Canadaand its Provinces – 2014-2040 Report and access the accompanying Infographics that feature national and provincial highlights for both on-road and off-road motorcycling.
SOURCE Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC)
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By Liz Jansen | Riders Plus Insurance
It may seem counterintuitive to spend time and money on something you may never need. Yet buying the best motorcycle gear you can afford can be the wisest investment you make.
To help you, we’ve prepared a list of guidelines that apply to pilot and pillion. As a rule, keep the three “F’s”—fit, function, and fashion—in mind, in that order. If it doesn’t fit, even the best gear can’t do its job. Save your money.
Here’s what to look for when selecting jacket, pants, gloves, and boots.
1. Size. Try it on. Gear should be snug without being too tight or impeding built-in ventilation. In the event of a slide down the road, it’s more likely to stay in place on your body and give you the greatest protection. Look for adjustable waists to fit different sizes and accommodate layers. Zip-in linings extend the utility and take you through three seasons. Find a bike with a riding position like yours, sit on it, and assume the riding position. Make sure the gear is not constricting your movement or binding at knees, hips, or shoulders.
2. Length. Gear is designed to protect you while riding. Having it show off your good looks is secondary. Standing, your jacket and pants will look too long. While in your riding position, you want sleeves to cover your wrists. Make sure the jacket back is long enough to overlap your pants. Likewise, pant legs should cover your ankles.
3. Armour. The best gear has quality impact protection, like CE-rated (a European standard) D30. Look for jackets with extra coverage at the elbows, shoulders and back. Pants should be armoured at hips and knees. This protection will fall below the joint it’s protecting when you’re standing with arms at your side. Make sure it’s properly placed when in the riding position. Good gear will have adjustable pockets for armour at joints to allow for varying leg and arm lengths. You’ll want armour that can be removed when the garment is cleaned. Mid-shin height is best for boots, along with a reinforced shank and ankle protection.
4. Construction. Make sure seams are double or triple stitched and have a smooth finish. They’ll be more durable and resistant to popping open during a slide. Seams you feel when trying pieces on will be uncomfortable and distracting during use. Choose a boot with ankle protection, a steel shank, shifter pad, and toe protection. Choose oil-resistant soles and make sure they’re stitched on, not just glued in place.
5. Closures. Manufacturers use a variety of fasteners from zippers, laces, and Velcro, to snaps. Choose adjustable closures at wrists and neck. Although Velcro works anywhere else, stay away from it at your neck. It catches on helmet straps and degrades the material. Avoid laces on boots, unless they have an extra covering to prevent snagging. Velcro closures make boots easy to get on and off, while providing a snug fit.
6. Ventilation. On hot days, good ventilation is a lifesaver. Look for zippered openings on the chest and back to promote airflow. Underarm vents also add comfort. Big pulls make zippers easier to open and close with gloves while riding.
7. Visibility. Reflective surfaces, especially on your upper body, increase your conspicuity. While the larger the surface the better, piping, insets, and panels can all help. The reflections picked up by headlights may be what saves you from getting hit. Wearing a high-viz vest over your jacket is another option.
8. Water resistance. Ideally water proof. You’ll pay a premium for waterproof apparel but if you ride a lot, it’s worth it. Separate rain gear is the next best alternative. Removable waterproof linings sound practical, but I shun them. They’re hot, uncomfortable, and make you perspire. Because the moisture can’t escape, you end up just as wet as being in the rain. It’s also inconvenient to remove jacket or pants at the roadside and zip in a rain liner, or remove it. Rain still soaks exterior fabrics. They become soggy, heavy, and take time to dry.
9. Pockets. Easy to access interior and exterior pockets add much convenience. If your garment is waterproof, make sure the pocket seals are too.
10. Skills. Although listed last, sharp skills are the best protection you can have. But they’re not enough. Choose the best gear based on your riding style, budget, and how much you ride. Take your time, ask lots of questions, try it on and sit on a bike in a position like the one you ride in.
Determine which features are important to you and don’t settle for less. You’re making a decision about your safety so choose wisely.
Motorcycle show season will be here soon. You can get great deals on apparel, but nothing is a deal if it’s not going to protect you.
Source: Riders Plus Insurance
Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You! This is probably the biggest concern among motorcycle riders everywhere and with good reason. Last year in B.C., 1,600 motorcyclists were injured in 2,600 crashes. In addition, on average, 34 riders die in crashes each year on our roads. This is what a snapshot looks like today.
ICBC has the following tips for drivers:
ICBC has the following tips for riders:
- Wear all the gear, all the time: This includes a helmet that meets DOT, Snell or ECE safety standards and safety gear designed for riding. In all weather conditions, wearing proper motorcycle safety gear is key to reducing the severity of injuries in the event of a crash.
- Be bright and visible: Protect yourself and your passengers from serious injury by choosing gear that has bright colours and reflective materials.
- Manoeuvre intersections safely: Especially where oncoming traffic is waiting to turn left, adjust your lane position and reduce your speed so you’ll have an escape path or time to stop if you need it.
- Share the road with vehicles: Never assume a driver has seen you. They may not accurately judge your distance or speed of approach. As best you can, stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
SGI is implementing the next phase of the Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) program changes in an effort to improve safety for new motorcyclists.
“New motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in collisions than experienced riders, especially in the first three years of riding,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Training is critical to improving motorcyclist safety, and that’s the driving force behind these changes.”
The MGDL program exposes new motorcycle riders to increasing levels of risk as they gain riding experience. Riders must move through three stages, Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2, before graduating to a full and unrestricted “M” motorcycle licence. Effective immediately changes include:
- A $500 MGDL fee will be added to the current driver’s licence fee upon entering each of the three stages of the MGDL program, for a total of $1,500 – this fee will be waived for those who provide proof of successfully completing an SGI-approved motorcycle training course (20-hour Canada/Saskatchewan Safety Council “Gearing Up” Training Course or equivalent). See the media backgrounder (pdf, 37 kb) for a summary of the fee.
- New motorcyclists will be eligible for a $450 training rebate if they meet the following requirements:
- they entered the MGDL program after January 1, 2016;
- they completed an approved motorcycle course after January 1, 2016; and,
- they graduate from the MGDL program incident-free (no suspensions or motorcycle-related traffic convictions/at-fault collisions).
The changes stem from recommendations made by the Motorcycle Review Committee (MRC). The MRC was formed in 2013 to find solutions to issues with motorcycle safety, insurance rating and coverage in the province.
The average cost of a claim for a person injured on a motorcycle is 4-5 times higher than the average cost for a person injured in a private passenger vehicle. The average injury claim for a passenger vehicle costs $29,000, whereas an average motorcycle injury claim costs $141,000.
“Motorcyclists, by virtue of being so exposed while riding, compared to those better protected in an enclosed passenger vehicle, are more vulnerable to injury in the event of a collision,” Cartmell said. “Safety is so important, and that’s what the training focus is getting at: being safe while riding.”
In 2014 in Saskatchewan, there were 199 collisions involving a motorcycle, moped or power cycle, resulting in 144 injuries and three deaths.
SGI has implemented multiple MGDL program changes based on approved MRC recommendations during the 2014 and 2015 riding seasons. Examples include new equipment requirements for riders in the MGDL program, licence placards for learner and novice riders, engine size restrictions, and the requirement to either pass a basic ability road test on a motorcycle or complete approved motorcycle training prior to obtaining a motorcycle learner’s licence.
View more information about motorcycle safety and the MGDL program.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link underOnline Services on your motor licence issuer’s website or SGI’s website.
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