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  Introduction

  A motorcycle rider must have skill,
  knowledge and a responsible attitude to
  operate a motorcycle safely. The thought of
 safety first must be present for every ride.

  Riding a motorcycle can be an
  enjoyable experience, but riding can also
  be a high-risk activity. Motorcycles are not
  like a vehicle with four or more wheels.
  Two-wheeled vehicles are smaller and
  less stable. A rider who loses control of
  a motorcycle or is involved in a collision
  will likely receive a serious injury. In some
  cases, even death can be the result.

  New riders have a greater risk of being in
  a collision than experienced riders. Lack of
  practice with the control and safe handling
  of a two-wheeled vehicle is a major factor.
  Even drivers who have experience with
  other types of vehicles are beginners when
  learning to operate a motorcycle.

  In an average year collisions involving
  motorcycle riders where there was injury
  or death:
  • 42 people were killed and 852 injured
  • motorcycle riders under the age of 25
     had the highest involvement rate per
     1,000 licensed drivers. In particular, 16
     to 17 year olds had the highest rate
  • the most common improper actions of
     motorcycle riders were running off the
     road (45%), following too closely (18%),
     or passing unsafely (8%)
  • compared to drivers of other types of

 

  April 2014

 

 

 

   vehicles, motorcycle riders were most
   likely to have consumed alcohol before
   the crash
• dry roads were present 85% of the time

Those wishing to ride a motorcycle
should not attempt to do so without
full knowledge of how to operate one.
The operation requires the complex
coordination of clutch, throttle, and
brakes, in varying traffic conditions.

The Office of Traffic Safety strongly
recommends that anyone wanting to learn
to ride should obtain training and education
from a licensed motorcycle rider training
school. New knowledge and skills will be
learned, as will how to avoid or reduce
the risk of dangerous situations. For more
information regarding rider training schools,
please refer to your local directory.

Riding a motorcycle is not like driving
a car, or riding a bicycle or moped. Some
people make the mistake of thinking they
can get on a motorcycle and ride. This
has led to deaths. Also, for this reason, a
rider should not lend his or her motorcycle
to anyone who has not had training in
riding and does not hold a valid class 6
(motorcycle) licence.

For the safety of all drivers, riders and
pedestrians, everyone in control of a vehicle
must cooperate with other road users, and
follow all laws and regulations.

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