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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Everyone plays an important role in motorcycle safety. Even if you do not ride a motorcycle, chances are you know someone that does. That’s why at the MCC we believe motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility. Behind the helmet, motorcyclists are mothers, fathers, children, and friends. Please help others think about motorcycles this riding season. Increased visibility and awareness will improve the chance of motorcyclists being seen on the roads and trails this year.

Did you know May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?

Warmer spring weather signals the start of the motorcycle season where motorcyclists are eager to get back on the roads and trails. At the MCC our long-term goal is to make Canada the safest place to ride a motorcycle.

You can make a difference to help improve motorcycle safety

Motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility. Help spread the word and encourage others to be aware of motorcycles on the road. Encourage your friends and family to be safe when they are riding, driving, and heading out on the trails. Here are five ways to help support motorcycle safety:

1. Take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge

We’re encouraging riders, passengers, motorists, and loved ones to take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge. This is a promise to yourself and others to put safety first. Join the many Canadians that support motorcycle safety by taking the #MotorcycleSafetyPledge at motorcycling.ca. Then share your pledge with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

2. Download and share our safety toolkit

We have put together a toolkit of resources – posters, logos, social media graphics, and tips on how to host a motorcycle safety event. Visit the resource section of our website for all the details.

3. Attend a motorcycle safety event in your area

Attend a motorcycle ride in your community, add a safety component to an existing event, or create your own event. Find out what events are happening across Canada, and access event planning tips and resources by visiting motorcycling.ca. If you’re planning a motorcycle safety event this season, let us know. We’ll post it on our events calendar and share it on our social media channels.

4. Follow these safety tips

Read up on some important safety reminders and suggestions. Here are a few tips, for more, visit the resource section at motorcycling.ca.Safety tips for off-road riders

  • Make a plan, share the plan: Before you ride make a plan that includes where you are going and when you expect to return then make sure your family and friends are aware of your plan in case they need to come looking for you. Bring your mobile phone.
  • Ride with a buddy: In the event of a crash or breakdown having someone with you to provide assistance could make the difference between life and death.

Safety tips for on-road riders

  • Ride sober. Impaired driving kills. Period. As with so many other forms of driving, drugs and alcohol severely impair judgement and reaction time leading to serious injury and death.
  • Watch your speed. Speed kills: Yes, motorcycles are fast but that does not give you permission to disregard speed limits or to overlook their responsibility to ride according to traffic, weather conditions or your ability.

Safety tips for motorists

  • Be alert: Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles you share the road with.
  • Check your blind spots: It’s hard enough to see cars and other vehicles when looking in your mirrors, always shoulder check before making a turn or changing lanes.

5. Keep up to date on the latest news

 Explore our new website at motorcycling.ca. Here you can take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge and uncover helpful resources. Find out what’s happening at the MCC by signing up for our newsletter, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for interesting articles, news and tips.

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The Passion of Two Wheels

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“Are we there yet” and “I think we’re lost” are familiar phrases bandied around when traveling inside a four wheel vehicles. But these phrases have a different meaning when you “try life on a bike”.

On a bike, no one ever asks “are we there yet” and anyone who has tried “life on a bike” is sure to admit that it’s unlikely that they “ever discovered themselves in a minivan”. And the best thing about life on a bike is the sense of freedom and the knowledge that “you are never lost on a bike”.

This is the passion of “two wheels” and at the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) we want to re-awaken your senses to the world outside. We want you to remember what it was like when in your youth you rode a bike. It was never about where you were going but about the trip to get there.

It’s about the exhilaration of the ride. Because we love motorcycling so much, we think everyone should have an opportunity to discover for themselves the unrestricted joy of riding.

In fact, this is the message we want past, present and future motorcycle & scooter enthusiasts to be reminded of during our motorcycle & scooter campaign.

It’s also about choice and that choice could be two-wheel riding on a scooter. Life on a scooter introduces the savvy urban or city dweller to an exciting alternative vehicle for those business or fun loving commutes. Remember, it’s about the quality of life; scooters are just one-way of making it better.

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Motorcycle Industry’s Efforts on Safety

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The MMIC is a member of the IMMA – International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association.  This linked page will bring you to the IMMA website for the free download of the industry publication: The Shared Road to Safety -A Global Approach to Safer Motorcycling.

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The Shared Road To Safety – A Global Approach for Safer Motorcycling

The safety of motorcycle riders is a high priority of the global motorcycle industry. Safer motorcycling leads to more sustainable motorcycling and the realization of the key benefits that motorcycles can bring to transport and the economy.  Road safety strategy should be focused on a progressive improvement of both road safety policy and practice.  The industry believes that the most sustainable route to safer motorcycling lies within taking a comprehensive approach to safety policy and practice, based on a ‘shared responsibility’ approach. In order to realize this and ensure that safety is managed with an even hand and on a level playing field, the first and most important step is to recognize motorcycling’s place within society and overall transport strategies.

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Importing Motorcycles and OHVs

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Importing Motorcycles and OHVs into Canada

Both MMIC and COHV receive many calls from Canadians wishing to import motorcycles (including enclosed motorcycle, open motorcycle, limited-speed motorcycle or motor tricycle), and restricted-use motorcycles (including all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles) into Canada from foreign countries. Many of these potential importers are surprised to learn that there are regulations that must be met as a condition of admitting these vehicles into Canada. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act and regulations administered by Transport Canada establish the safety standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada. The Canadian Environment Protection Act 1999 and regulations administered by Environment Canada establish the exhaust emission standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada,

A Quick Guide to Importing Motorcycles Under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations

Emission standards for on-road motorcycles are governed under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations (Regulations) established under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The Regulations have been streamlined to enable acceptance of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a means of demonstrating compliance with Canadian emission standards in recognition of the fact that many motorcycle models are offered for sale in both Canada and the United States during the same period.

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Motorcycle Roadside Sound Test

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The SAE J2825 Sound Test for Motorcycles

On-highway riders and their bikes don’t have to be victims of questionable sound-level checks anymore, thanks to a new procedure developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) in partnership with SAE International, and the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC), as one of its funding partners.

The MIC and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) established the SAE J 2825 sound test, which will provide a quick, easy, economical, and science-based tool for accurately identifying motorcycles with excessively noisy sound emissions.

Now, law-enforcement authorities have a simple, quick, economical tool for accurately identifying motorcycles with excessively loud exhaust systems. The SAE document J2825, “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles,” meets the need for a practical, consistent roadside sound test.

MMIC and its member manufacturers and distributors recommend the new SAE J 2825 stationary sound test procedure for on-highway motorcycles and encourage the implementation of these standards across Canada.

To order the SAE J2825 standard go to:www.sae.org/technical/standards/J2825_200905

Also please see our pamphlet entitled “Sound Advice: Motorcycle Roadside Sound Test” .

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About Rider Training

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Motorcycle Rider Training in Canada

Even before you have purchased a motorcycle, the best way you can learn about motorcycling is from the experts. Whether you are new to motorcycling or returning to an old passion, you will benefit from a motorcycle Rider Training course. And, yes, the motorcycle is supplied for the basic learner’s course. As well, as an added bonus, you may qualify for savings on your motorcycle insurance!

MMIC supports motorcycle rider training programs across Canada. The MMIC believes that rider training is one of the best ways, if not the best way, to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

All recognized rider training programs have certain characteristics in common:

  • they are ‘recognized’ by the provincial licensing ministry or agency;
  • they use highly trained instructors who must meet established standards;
  • they use an approved curriculum.

To get started you need to understand the following:

  • You need a separate motorcycle license to ride a motorcycle;
  • Motorcycle licence requirements differ from province to province; and
  • In most provinces, rider training can help you obtain your motorcycle license.

General Guidelines for Rider Training Courses

For those who are inexperienced, or for those with some experience but require basic licensing, or for those of you who are returning to the sport after an extended absence, we recommend:

Introductory Riding Basics Programs

These basic training programs are a comprehensive 18-hour experience to give you necessary motorcycle handling skills. They are conducted away from traffic on motorcycles that the course provides. They are geared toward personal coaching and a relaxed approach to put you at ease while also challenging you.

The typical course is scheduled on a weekend or two week days. The weekend starts Thursday or Friday evening with a three-hour classroom discussion of risk factors and basic riding strategies.During the course you will ride a series of exercises that builds one skill after another until you have a sense of control and accomplishment.

The program concludes on the afternoon of the second day with an on-site riding exercise to meet provincial ministry standards. If you are successful, the riding school is authorized by the ministry to issue you a certificate for your next level of motorcycle licence (in applicable provinces).

Advanced Training: Riding Strategies Programs

For those motorcyclists who presently have your probationary licence and need to obtain your full motorcycle licence, or who want a higher comfort level in traffic, we recommend Advanced Training.

This higher level training program qualifies you to obtain your full motorcycle licence in many provinces. Advanced training assumes that you have basic motorcycle handling skills in traffic. It fine-tunes your traffic observation and management practices on your own motorcycle in a real traffic environment.

The training differs from province to province and usually involves a minimum of nine to fifteen hours.

The ratio riders to each instructor is small and ranges around three or four to keep your learning intimate and relaxed. Typically, training will take place on Friday evening and either a Saturday or Sunday.

This course is enjoyable for the camaraderie of group riding, and especially for the development of confidence in your skills.

Questions to Ask Before You Register

We know from our students what contributes to an enjoyable and effective learning experience. Ask about:

  • the size of the group
  • the number of instructors available to you
  • the size and variety of the training motorcycles available
  • if it is a ministry-approved course
  • if there is any cost for re-test should you not pass on the first attempt
  • whether you will be encouraged to try more than one style of motorcycle
  • the flexibility of payment options and scheduling
  • if more practice time is available to you should you need to get more comfortable with your skills
  • if you will enjoy yourself with instructors that are there exclusively to pass on to you their expertise and enthusiasm for the sport.
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Graduated Licensing Requirements

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Canadian Motorcycle Licensing Requirements

British Columbia Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of British Columbia maintains up-to-date information regarding their graduated motorcycle licensing online. You can get information regarding British Columbia’s Graduated Motorcycle Licensing from the province’s website by following this link.

Alberta Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of Alberta has information about Alberta Graduated Motorcycle Licensing at www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/drivers-licence.cfm . Transportation Alberta also offers downloadable drivers guides at www.transportation.alberta.ca/531.htm .

Saskatchewan Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program

The province of Saskatchewan has published some details relating to ther Graduated Licensing regulations online. Please visit the website of the province of Saskatchewan.

If you have any questions with regards to the Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program please call SGI toll free at 1-800-667-9868.

Manitoba Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

Manitoba’s Graduated Licensing Requirements for Motorcyclists are located online at the province’s website. You can obtain Graduated Licensing Information for the province of Manitoba by following this link to the province of Manitoba’s website.

Ontario Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of Ontario maintains information about Graduated Licensing online via their website. Ontario’s Graduated Licensing Information is available online via their website.

Quebec Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of Quebec maintains a webste where you can learn about Graduated Licensing and motorcycles. Quebec’s graduated licensing information is available via their website.

New Brunswick Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of New Brunswick has prepared an english version of its Driver’s Handbook, available for quick download in the PDF document format. This handbook describes all levels of graduated motorcycle licensing in New Brunswick and tells you how to begin the licensing process as a perspective motorcyclist. The manual is available for convenient download here.

Nova Scotia Graduated Licensing

Information for the province of Nova Scotia’s Graduated Licensing program is available online via the Service Nova Scotia website.

Newfoundland Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of Newfoundland runs an informative and publicly accessable website where they are pleased to provide you with up-to-date information about their motorcycle Graduated Licensing regulations.

You can obtain Graduated Licensing information from the province of Newfoundland’s website:

Prince Edward Island Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of Prince Edward Island runs the infoPEI website where they are pleased to provide you with up-to-date information on their motorcycle Graduated Licensing regulations. Please visit the InfoPEI Website.

Yukon Graduated Licensing

The Yukon Territory has a graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program. Information about the program is available through this site

Northwest Territories Graduated Motorcycle Licensing

The province of the Northwest Territories runs an informative and publicly accessable website where they are pleased to provide you with up-to-date information on their motorcycle Graduated Licensing regulations.

For more information about Graduated Licensing in the Northwest Territories please visit their website.

Nunavut Graduated Licensing

Nunavut does not have a graduated licensing program. For information about general driver’s licensing please click here.

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Rider Information

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Getting Started into Motorcycling

040708-N-8970J-002 San Diego, Calif. (July 8, 2004) - Motorcycle safety class instructor Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Dan Ganet shows a student where he should have stopped, during motorcycle driver training at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF), Imperial Beach. Drivers use their own motorcycles for the half-day class, which is currently mandatory for active duty personnel who choose to drive motorcycles on military installations. U.S. Navy photo by Deris Jeannette (RELEASED)

The MMIC wants to extend that warm welcome to those who may now be thinking about getting started into motorcycling.

There are a number of practical reasons to ride a motorcycle but there are even more very human ones. As MMIC’s President, Robert Ramsay, puts it: “There is no feeling like experiencing the world on two wheels. Because we love motorcycling so much, we think everyone should have an opportunity to discover for themselves the unrestricted joy of riding.” “And,” adds Mr. Ramsay, “because most motorcyclists tend to regard each other as members of a distinctive group, sharing unique experiences and feelings, the idea of presenting those who ride as a kind of family of individuals, has tremendous appeal to us.

“Our industry wants to send out the message that the world of motorcycling is an inclusive, welcoming one in which just about everyone can participate safely, easily and have an awful lot of fun while they’re doing it.”

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