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May STEP and BEEP Initiatives
Posted Date: 5/14/2018

SELECTED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (STEP)

Motorcycle Safety


During the month of May, Enforcement Services will focus on Motorcycle safety. Drivers are encouraged to be aware of motorcycles on the road and give them adequate space.

Interesting Facts (Source: Alberta Transportation)
  • Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high performance capabilities.
  • 46% of motorcyclists involved in collisions committed an improper driving action. More than half of these errors were running off the road or following too closely (2012-2016).
  • Almost one-fifth of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at a speed too fast for the given conditions.
  • More than two-thirds of collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury.

Driving Tips
  • The most common error that other drivers make in casualty collisions with motorcycles is turning left across the path of the motorcycle.
  • Look twice for motorcyclists at intersections and when changing lanes.
  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive. 
  • Ensure you allow extra space between your vehicle and motorcycles as they can stop faster than other vehicles around them.

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM (BEEP)

Bicycle Safety


With the spring upon us, motorists in Grande Prairie can also expect to see more bicycles on the road. Motorists are reminded to use extra caution when approaching or passing someone riding a bicycle.

During the month of May, Peace Officers may stop to talk to young riders about bicycle safety. Under the Traffic Safety Act, all cyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet when cycling. In Grande Prairie, residents are allowed to ride a bicycle or skateboard on City sidewalks, however, the rider must not obstruct the sidewalk or prevent the safe passage of pedestrians.

Register your bicycle with Enforcement Services by visiting eServices.cityofgp.com