Motorcycles on Manitoba roads more than double since '96
Riders, drivers alike have to be ‘doubly cautious’ to avoid collisions, safety expert says
The number of motorcycles on Manitoba roads has more than doubled in the last 20 years.
In 1996, 6,734 motorcycles registered with Manitoba Public Insurance. In 2014, that number was 14,141.
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Dave Remington is the chief motorcycle instructor of Safe Manitoba and said drivers have to be extra cautious to spot motorcycles on the road.
Motorcycle registrations in Manitoba
1996 — 6,734
2004 — 8,709
2009 — 11,908
2014 — 14,141
"We're hard to see out there, and people make the same mistakes they do with other cars. The only difference is though, with a motorcycle, it's that much easier," he said.
Safe Manitoba teaches motorcycle safety to about 2,000 students per year.
"We can ask car drivers as many times as we want to watch for us, to look for us, but what we always tell the students is, 'You guys have to be on the lookout for yourself because nobody else is looking for you,'" said Remington.
Remington said riders and drivers alike need to slow down, wait and be "doubly cautious that that guy is not going to turn or that person behind you is going to stop."