It’s May, and that means across most of North America, motorcyclists are finally getting serious about riding season. And that means government, law enforcement and riding organizations are cranking out the annual reminder that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
What does that actually mean, though? Welp, it means organizations like Canada’s MCC has its 2021 safety toolkit out now, with Zoom meeting backgrounds, posters and other resources to remind people inside your organization to look out for bikes. In the US, the AMA is also promoting May as Motorcycle Awareness Month, with AMA prez Rob Dingman reminding drivers that motorcycles are still using the roads, despite pandemic restrictions: “Although a number states have travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many riders use a motorcycle as their primary vehicle, commuting to essential jobs, making deliveries and running errands,” Dingman said on the AMA’s website. “As travel restrictions are relaxed, many more motorcyclists will take to the nation’s roads and highways, so we implore motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists.”
The primary message for this safety-focused month is always telling cars to expect bikes to return to the roads, in areas where they’ve been garaged throughout the winter. But, riding organizations also see this as a good time to remind cagers about issues that affect riders all season long, even in areas where the riding season stretches for all 12 months of the year. The AMA presser reminds drivers to double-check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, to maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles, and to pay careful attention when making left turns across traffic.