May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups (CMMG) and the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada’s (MCC) remind us that we all have a responsibility to help keep each other safe on our roads.
Last year’s message to riders and drivers was that “motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility”.
For 2021 we encourage all on-road and off-road users to “Watch Out For Each Other”. Everyone needs to double down on being safe.” This year, more than ever, none of us wants to end up in the emergency room and burdening our healthcare systems with a preventable injury.
As always, motorists are reminded to Watch Out for motorcycles. May is the start of peak riding season and there are more motorcycles on our city streets, country roads, and highways. Take a second look to better judge the speed and distance of a motorcyclist in your vicinity. Always check mirrors and blind spots, especially before turning or changing lanes. Allow extra room to avoid cutting off a motorcyclist and allow extra space when driving behind a motorcycle. Riders need to “Watch Out For Each Other” too. Motorcycling’s popularity is increasing. If you’re an experienced rider, you can “Watch Out” for new riders by encouraging them to ride safely, ride within their skill limits, and according to the road conditions. Encourage them to wear “All the gear, all the time”. Most importantly, “Watch Out for yourself”.
For more information and safety posters, visit motorcycling.ca/resources to access and download the latest 2021 Safety Awareness Month logo and graphics and help spread the importance of motorcycle safety.
We are inviting everyone to join the MB WRC in the “Celebrating Sadie Grimm” Motorcycle Ride and Celebration. It’s on Sunday June 11, 2017 starting at Headingley Sport Shop between 10 AM and 11 AM and ends with a celebration at the bandstand on Winnipeg Beach at 3 PM with reserved motorcycle parking on the main street, use of the bandstand and a live band provided by Town of Winnipeg Beach.
Please pre-register on www.eventbrite.ca. Its listed under “Outdoor and Travel“. Pre-registration is $20.00. Registration on event day, June 11, will be $25.00. Donations also welcome. All proceeds are going to erect a permanent structure for motorcyclists and the public in Winnipeg Beach. Work is in progress for approval of a covered picnic area and a metal motorcycle sculpture.
Rain or shine, use 4 wheels if you feel its not safe to ride. If you are unable to participate in the ride join us at 3 PM at the bandstand in Winnipeg Beach.
Who is Sadie Grimm? Sadie Grimm is the young woman who made history in 1914 by being the first woman to reach Winnipeg Beach, beating out many who tried the ride before her. Not too many roads back then and she was participating in the Antique Motorcycle Clubs Enduro ride. She got the gold! Descendants of hers are joining us in the ride and at Winnipeg Beach!
Thank you to Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba for kick starting the research and interest i Sadie Grimm in 2015 and to Carolyn and Paul Peters for all their research that has made this event a reality.
Thank you once again to CMMG for the great support they demonstrate for women riders and their enjoyment of the sport as well as their continued work towards a safer world for motorcyclists and reasonably priced quality insurance rates. Heads up everyone. To register or donate to the celebrating of Sadie Grimm Gold Medal Victory Ride on June 11, 2017, click here.
DATE AND TIME
Sun, June 11, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
Headingley Sport Shop
5160 Portage Avenue
The Office of United States Trade Representative requested comments on Dec. 28 regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles imported from the European Union with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc in the E.U. – U.S. beef hormone trade dispute. The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 30.
The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed tariff, because trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products.
Specifically, a 100 percent, or higher, tariff on these motorcycles is proposed. This will cause serious and potentially irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners selling the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.
Manufacturers that will be impacted: 1) Aprilla; 2) Beta; 3) BMW; 4) Ducati; 5) Fantic; 6) Gas Gas; 7) Husqvarna; 9) KTM; 10) Montesa; 11) Piaggio; 12) Scorpa; 13) Sherco; 14) TM; and 15) Vespa.
Should the availability of product be hindered through unjustified trade sanctions on European-produced motorcycles, dealerships may close, leaving countless Americans without jobs.The negative effects of the proposed trade sanctions will not only harm the motorcycle sales industry, but will spread through the aftermarket equipment sector, recreation equipment sales, the sports entertainment industry and further down the line.
You can do something to prevent this from happening!
Use the AMA’s easy to use tools to submit comments to the USTR by Jan. 30 to say you oppose the idea to penalize motorcyclists in the beef trade dispute.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
CMMG lawyer Raymond Oakes recently presented at the Manitoba PUB hearings on October 19, 2016 and October 25, 2016 regarding MPI. Below are the links to download the full PDF transcripts from the PUB site. They are quite long and in dept (too long to post here) but very much worth the read.
CMMG recommends everyone give these a good read as there is some great information and it really shows just how much work Mr. Oakes is putting into the fight on CMMG’s behalf.
MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And we see in
21 those two Roman numerals, I and II, further
22 explanation of the general statement about the
23 increase driven by higher claim costs and a negative
24 financial climate. And there, Mr. Johnston, you see
25 that they're further described as:
1 "...an increase in comprehensive
2 claims forecast driven by higher
3 than expected hail claims, and
4 overall -- and higher overall
5 comprehensive severity growth in
7 Do you see that as the corp –
8 Corporation's rationale?
9 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: I do.
10 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And then secondly
11 the other item, the deterioration in forecasted
12 investment income. Is that correct, sir? 1
3 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: That's correct.
14 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: So just staying
15 with that first bullet then, you'll agree with me that
16 this rationale doesn't relate to the need to extract
17 more money from motorcyclists.
18 Is that correct?
19 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: The first bullet
20 point on comprehensive claims, motor -- motorcycles do
21 not have comprehensive coverage as part of Basic, so,
22 correct, this is unrelated to motorcycles.
23 MR. RAYMOND OAKES: And certainly the
24 motorcycles aren -- aren't out in wintertime. And
25 their experience, their losses, are mostly PIPP and
1 not physical damage.
2 Is that correct, sir?
3 MR. LUKE JOHNSTON: That's correct.
4 Injury claims are about 85 percent of their loss
MR. RAYMOND OAKES: Thank you for
25 that. If we can take a peak at CMMG Exhibit number
1 10, and last year we'd asked the Corporation to
2 compare the budgeted amounts for wildlife collision
3 initiatives with seatbelt and distracted driving
4 safety initiatives by comparing the budgeted amounts
5 for each of these road safety concerns with the
6 estimated losses.
7 The Corporation responded that that was
8 not possible at that time. The Corporation had
9 tentative plans in 2016/'17 for a costing study that
10 may be used for, or in the future for estimating the
11 losses attributed to distracted driving.
12 Where are we at with respect to being
13 able to answer that question, and the budgeted amounts
14 for those initiatives?
The Rumble the Road Ride for Muscular Dystrophy is less than one week away.
This year we have 5 leather jackets the following is how you can win a jacket:
As an incentive to get people to register online 2 Ladies and 2 Mens leather jackets will be used to encourage folks to visit www.muscle.ca by registering online their name will automatically be put in to win one of these jackets. For each additional pledge of 25$ they collect they will receive another entry.
The remaining 3 jackets will be available to win by ticket draw. Tickets are 1 for $10 OR 3 for $20
The draw for all the jackets will take place at our final destination, Gas-Light Harley Davidson in Morden, MB.
Co-President of the Manitoba Chapter for Muscular Dystrophy
Ride Smart to Ride Again Campaign Aims to Keep Riders Safe
Toronto, ON April 29, 2016
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is thrilled to announce the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which runs annually from May 1st to May 31st to promote a better and safer riding experience for all.
“Motorcycling is a great sport and recreational activity and riders can do a few simple things like riding sober, keeping their speed in check and riding according to their abilities,” said MCC Chair, David Millier. “It’s also important to remind motorists that motorcycles are back on the road so motorists use extra caution and look twice when making left hand turns.
And when having fun on the trails, riding with a friend and having a plan is key to a having a great day of fun.
For 2016, MCC has launched Ride Smart to Ride Again to raise awareness about the importance of safety as the motorcycling season gets underway.
The recreational motorcycling community in Canada is made up of both on-road and off-road riders. The Ride Smart to Ride Again campaign asks riders to take these actions to help them come home safe:
Be Alert for Left Turning Vehicles
Watch Your Speed
Make a Plan, Be Prepared, Share the Plan
Build Skills and Confidence, Take a Course
“We want everyone to have a great and safe riding season in 2016”, said Millier. “May is a time to redouble our safety efforts, celebrate the many benefits of motorcycling and
remind other motorists to keep an eye out for us.”
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the national not-for-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of motorcycling safety and interests. For more information on the Ride Smart to Ride Again campaign, visit www.motorcycling.ca/ridesafe and stay connected with the campaign by following along on Twitter and Facebook for updates, events and safety tips!
Registration: Saturday May 7, 2016 @ 11 am – Manitoba Legislature
Free Poker Derby with $500 in Prizes
Free Draws – Free Rally Pins
Short Runs Between Stops
Scooter Friendly Routes
All Motorcyclists Welcome
Celebrate International Female Ride Day
INVITATION TO CMMG’s MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS RALLY MAY 7
Some of you may get this invitation twice, but we don’t want to miss anyone. All riders are invited to this weekends Safety Awareness Rally and Poker Derby at the Manitoba legislature.
This is a great time to let Manitoba motorists know “that Motorcycles are once again on the road”. If you can help out, just email Doug at the address below. Send this invitation to all your riding friends as well.
There was a great attendance and the meeting flowed really well filling up almost every available weekend in the riding season. 2016 is going to be a load of fun behind bars. Keep an eye on the CMMG Events page as it fills up with more and more events. Or grab a printed copy of the 2016 Ride Guide at any of the events you see a CMMG table.
Thank-you to all the dealers and clubs who made it out for the short meeting!
PS: For anyone hosting a motorcycle event, please email us your event details and posters so we can help you promote it.