Kelowna and District Safety Council emphasize rider responsibility in motorcycle safety – Kelowna News

The bikes have been back on the streets and highways for several weeks now, but with the busy summer season fast approaching, the Kelowna & District Safety Council is raising awareness.

“The motorcyclist who overrides self-control, becomes involved in alcohol or drugs, [or] involved in speeding on dangerous roads will be injured. That’s a fact,” says longtime instructor Bill Downie.

He wants to bust the myth that it’s up to other drivers to keep motorcyclists safe, noting that studies from the US have shown in many motorcycle crashes that the rider did not stop or lose control.

“We have to look at ourselves,” Downie said.

“We need to understand that serious injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists are related to a lack of rider control, a lack of safe traffic control by the relevant ministries and a loss of control. Really important, a loss of control.

“Many, many fatal accidents are not multi-vehicle accidents, they are single-vehicle accidents. And they are much, much more deadly than multi-vehicle crashes.”

Downie adds that the southern interior is one of the most dangerous parts of the county, accounting for 36 percent of motorcycle deaths and just 16 percent of BC’s population.

“Constant learning, lifelong learning is especially crucial for motorcyclists because we are at so much risk.”

That’s where the Security Council comes in.

It is offering 12 ready-to-ride training sessions this year, such as the weekend it held in the Rutland Senior Secondary parking lot.

You can find more information or sign up through the KDSC website.

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