Make Yourself Conspicuous - Motorcycle Safety

image of a conspicuous motorcycle and riderConspicuous motorcycles are under represented in crashes, so being conspicuous could be a good thing for a rider. The right gear helps prevent look but failed to see crashes (SMIDSY) according to research.


Currently, any motorcycle built in 1975 or newer and operated in British Columbia must have a headlight that lights and stays lit when the motor is running. In addition, motorcycles are permitted a modulating headlight, or one that visibly changes brightness to draw a driver's attention.

image contrasting a conspicuous motorcycle and one that is not

Fluorescent and Reflective Gear

Large, brightly coloured fairings and fluorescent or reflective riding gear will also enhance conspicuity. Choosing a colour for fashion rather than it's ability to stand out could create problems for a rider. Dark leathers and helmets blend in with the surroundings and are over represented in right of way violation crashes.

Choosing the Right Lane Position

Never take a position in traffic that will obscure you from other traffic. Following too closely or following behind large vehicles can make you invisible to other drivers. Once you become visible and the driver perceives you, it could be too late to avoid a collision.

Control Your Lane

Finally, control your lane. The rider is entitled to the full lane width just like any other vehicle. Taking a position in the left hand half of the lane discourages drivers from passing by because you are using that space.

Consider making your right turn from here instead of moving next to the curb. The law on right turns requires that you be as close to the curb or edge of the roadway as is practical, not that you must be on the right in all circumstances.

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