Motorcycle Training Calgary – Safety

Motorcycle Training Calgary
With the record set last year for fatalities involving a motorcyclist, you can’t help but wonder what can happen to prevent this number from growing, as there are only more people, and more riders on the road. Traffic Sgt. and motorcyclist Mike Ted Kuile says “When going double the speed limit on a motorcycle it is going to have catastrophic, life-ending, or altering results”.  Speed is the single largest cause of motorcycle accidents when the rider is determined to be at fault. Pierre Gosselin, a biker, says taking a safety and training course, wearing protective clothing, and riding defensively helped save his life when he had to go into an emergency braking situation after a car went out in front of him.

Alberta is not only seeing a raising number in fatalities, but also seeing a tremendous amount of baby boomers that are getting a motorcycle-class license. This number has nearly tripled in the last decade and there are now over 92,000 people (aged 55 and above) that are licensed and own motorcycles.  They aren’t your stereotypical rebellious biker, they are doing it for the thrill, the excitement and something different to do as they enter retirement. Although more of the baby boomer generation is getting into biking, a study shows that older riders are three times more likely to be injured from a motorcycle than younger bikers. The study also shows that proper driving training is critical for anyone who has never experienced driving motorized two-wheelers.

The Hurt Report, conducted by Professor Harry Hurt in 1976-1977, was a motorcycle safety study conducted in the city of Los Angeles, California. The Hurt Report provided data that clearly showed that helmets significantly reduced the risk of brain injury and death. It showed that three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved a collision with another vehicle, which was often a passenger automobile. In single vehicle accidents the most often rider errors were slide-outs and wide turns driving at excessive speeds. The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves and all other bike wear is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations. Injury increases with lack of experience and training, speed, alcohol involvement, and motorcycle size. 

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