Police are spreading the word about motorcycle safety this week. This first full week of May is motorcycle awareness week and the tips are aimed at helping keep everybody safe on the roads. Riders have been waiting to bring their bikes out and the warm weather is finally allowing that.

The OPP would like to offer a few safety tips to assist both riders and non-riders:

Motorcycle Riders:

• Dress to be seen and protected. Most riders wear approved helmets, gloves and jackets; consider wearing bright colours that are easily seen by other motorists.

• Slow Down. Driving at or near the posted speed limit will give the rider extra time to react to a situation on the roadway.

• Drive Defensively. Assume other motorist don’t see you. Get eye contact with vehicles that might pull out in front of you.

• Take it to the track. The street is no place to test the limits of your sport bike. Take a lesson at a local race track or sign up for a track day.

Passenger Vehicles:

• Look twice, at intersections and when changing lanes. Motorcycles are small and easy to lose in a blind spot. It is also easy to misjudge the speed of an approaching motorcycle.

• Back off. Having a rear end collision with a car is one thing, but having one with a motorcycle could have fatal consequences.

• Give them room. Leave yourself time to react when motorcycles are around. If a rider were to fall off, could you avoid the downed rider?

• Let them swerve. Motorcyclists will often be active in their own lane. Many times moving, to avoid pot holes or roadkill. Hitting any of these could cause an issue for the rider.