Reduce your chances of crashing your motorbike—or being seriously injured if you are in a crash.
Here are some great ways to reduce your risk out there:
Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet is now the law in B.C.
B.C.'s new helmet and seating laws—effective June 1, 2012 (PDF)
Choose a helmet that
Note: Replace your helmet if you’ve been in a crash, or if it’s been dropped or is showing signs of wear. Also, check the manufacturer’s manual for the helmet’s expiry date.
Street clothes don't protect you that much from the elements—or in a crash.
New laws takes effect June 1, 2012:
Motorcycle riders and passengers must have their feet on the foot pegs or floorboards, or be properly seated in a sidecar.
Also, you’re responsible to ensure passengers younger than 16 are properly seated. Anyone who can’t reach the foot pegs is not allowed to ride.
Before riding, always make sure your motorbike is in good operating condition. Check the tires, wheels, rims, drive system, electrical, fluids, clutch, throttle, mirror and brakes.
Read vehicle language—never rely on other road users’ judgment or assume they’ll respect your right of way. They may not see you. Even if they do, they may misjudge your distance or speed.
When in doubt, yield the right of way.
When overtaking vehicles in traffic, watch out for signal lights, front wheel movements or drivers who are shoulder-checking or checking their mirrors.
Do your best to stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
* ICBC injury data from 2006–2010. Police-reported fatality data from 2005–09.
Motorcycle riders are
than other road users in B.C.*