Motorcyclists more than double in Manitoba, fatalities up

As the number of motorcyclists in Manitoba grows, so does the number of deadly crashes.

Nearly half of all motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle

A 19-year-old Winnipeg man was killed Tuesday night after his speeding motorcycle crashed with an SUV on the city's south side. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

As the number of motorcyclists in Manitoba grows, so does the number of deadly crashes. 

And nearly half of all motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle.

Manitoba Public Insurance says the number of registered motorcycles in the province has more than doubled since 1996, going from 6,734 to 14,141 in 2014. 

The number of fatalities has increased from two in 2008 to six in 2012 and five in 2013. 

MPI says on average, 150 people are injured in crashes involving motorcycles every year.

Interestingly, the number of injuries has gone down slightly, with 161 in 2009 to 147 in 2013.

MPI says it is still analyzing data for 2014. 

The public insurer says July is the worst month for fatalities involving motorcycles.

Fatalities: 

  • 2013: 5 
  • 2012: 6
  • 2011: 1
  • 2010: 3
  • 2009: 4
  • 2008: 2

Injuries:

  • 2013: 147
  • 2012: 135
  • 2011: 142
  • 2010: 147
  • 2009: 159
  • 2009: 161

Number of registered motorcycles:

  • 1996:   6,734 
  • 2004:   8,709
  • 2009:   11,908
  • 2014:   14,141

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