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Motorcycle season is here; share our roads to keep riders safe, urges ICBC

With the arrival of warmer spring temperatures, many motorcyclists throughout the province will set off on their first ride of the season. In B.C., motorcycle crashes significantly increase from May to September with 212 people injured in crashes with motorcyclists each month.* ICBC is asking riders and drivers to do their part to prevent crashes and share our roads together safely.

Motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of being injured in a crash than drivers due to their lack of protection. The average age of a motorcyclist injured or killed in crashes in B.C. is 45 years old and these crashes occur most often in the Southern Interior (28%) followed by Vancouver Island (22%), Greater Vancouver (21%), and the Fraser Valley (17%).

“We know motorcyclists are enthusiastic about seeing our beautiful province by bike and we want to help keep them safe this season,” said Shabnem Afzal, ICBC’s director of road safety. “As a rider, wear gear every time you ride. Riders and drivers need to stay focused on the road, leave plenty of space, and choose safe speeds to prevent crashes.”

“As we embrace the warmer weather and motorcyclists take to the roads, it’s imperative to remain vigilant and aware of our surroundings,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “Let’s work together to promote safe riding practices, enhance visibility, and foster mutual respect among all road users. Together, we can ensure that every journey on two wheels is a safe one.”

Motorcyclists are invited to practice their riding at free skills course events taking place this spring in the Lower Mainland: Abbotsford on May 18, Surrey on May 26, Coquitlam on June 15, Chilliwack on June 22, and North Vancouver on July 13. Police motorcycle riders will guide riders of all experience levels through a challenging training course to help improve their skills. ICBC’s road safety team will be doing gear giveaways at these events and demonstrating protective clothing and gear options for riders.

ICBC’s collision coverage for motorcyclists now includes improved coverage for gear.

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