#ShareTheRoad Saskatchewan: vulnerable road user safety the focus in April
April 6, 2016
Vulnerable road users, which includes pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists, is the traffic safety spotlight for the month of April.
Police will be paying particular attention to vehicles not yielding to pedestrians, making unsafe lane changes around motorcycles, and driving without due care and attention around bicycles and motorcycles. Police will also be watching for motorcyclists not wearing the proper gear, bicyclists not following the rules of the road, and jaywalking pedestrians.
“Now that spring is here, please be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists and be cautious and courteous as you share the road,” said Earl Cameron, Vice President of the Auto Fund. “For those vulnerable road users, remember that your smaller size makes you harder for vehicles to see, so walk and ride with care.”
Vulnerable road users – motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians – are at a higher risk of injury in a collision than people in passenger vehicles (due to the lack of occupant protection). In 2014, 18 pedestrians, two bicyclists and three motorcyclists were killed in collisions in Saskatchewan, and 593 more were injured.
SGI recommends drivers and vulnerable road users follow these tips to help everyone stay safe when sharing the road:
- Stay alert. Ride, bike and walk with caution.
- Walk on sidewalks, cross at marked crosswalks and obey walk/don’t walk signals. Make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
- Be visible. Wear bright, reflective clothing so others can see you.
- Always wear a helmet and any required gear.
- Drivers should be alert for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and share the road.
- Drivers should look, then look again to make sure it’s safe to go.
View more information on vulnerable road users, including tips for sharing the road and guidelines around required gear for new motorcyclists. Follow SGI on Facebook and Twitter for tips on how #wecandrivebetter.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.