The Manitoba government is recognizing the importance of making motorcycle safety by declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

"Spring is the start of riding season as more motorcycles return to our streets, highways and roads," says Transportation and Infrastructure Minster Doyle Piwniuk. "We remind all motorists that safe driving and riding practices should be exercised and to always be on alert and to share the roads with motorcyclists. All road users have the right to travel safely on our roadways."

It is the hope that by bringing awareness to motorcycle safety, motorists will understand it is their duty to watch for motorcycles while on the road, but the responsibility also goes the other way.

"It is not only important that motorists watch for motorcycles, but as well that motorcyclists be reminded of their responsibility to maintain that 'safety bubble' around them by being visible, maintaining safe traffic separations and riding at speeds appropriate for the unpredictable spring road conditions," says Carolyn Peters, President of the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups.

The Manitoba government will continue to work in partnership with organizations such as the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups to promote road safety across the province.