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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Alberta’s Office of Traffic Safety urges drivers of all vehicles to
be extra vigilant when sharing the road with motorcyclists.


Drivers play a large role in motorcycle safety. On a motorcycle, a rider is vulnerable. Be aware of motorcyclists on the road and give them the space they need.

Motorcycle riders need to concentrate on the road and make sure other drivers see them.

Facts to Know

  • Over five years, 3,415 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions. These collisions resulted in 155 deaths and 3,548 injuries.

  • Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities.

  • Two-fifths (41 per cent) of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. More than half of these errors were running off the road or following too closely. Almost one-fifth of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions, half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds. (2009 – 2013).

  • When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and therefore are more likely to be injured or killed.

  • Nearly two-thirds of collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.

  • Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider with a helmet is 37 per cent less likely to incur a fatal injury in a crash than a rider without a helmet.

  • The younger the motorcyclist, the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders age 16 to 17 years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed motorcyclists.

  • Wear appropriate gear to provide an optimum level of comfort and safety.

For motorcycle operators:

  • Stay out of blind spots! Make sure other drivers see you.

  • Be alert at intersections. Make eye contact with other drivers/riders before making your move.

  • Protect yourself with the right gear and an approved motorcycle helmet.

  • When it comes to other drivers, your speed can be easily misjudged.

  • Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance your visibility.

  • Be aware of what is going on behind you to avoid deadly rear end collisions.

  • Showing off and speeding do not pay.

  • Sharing the road is one of the keys to having other road users respect you as a motorcyclist.

For drivers of other vehicles:

  • Share the road – look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.

  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive.

    View the motorcycle safety videos.

    Learn more about motorcycle safety in Alberta.

    Listen to the road rash radio spots.

Last Updated June 29, 2015