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Motorcycle skills challenge offered free after 3 fatal motorcycle crashes in Surrey in 6 weeks

Surrey RCMP, ICBC partner to offer free May 28 event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
The Surrey RCMP and ICBC are partnering to offer a free motorcycle skills challenge on May 28 in the wake of three fatal motorcycle crashes in the city over the past six weeks. (Tricia Weel photo)

With the arrival of warm weather, there are more motorcycles on the road.

In the past six weeks in Surrey, there have been three fatal collisions involving motorcyclists, and the number of fatalities in a short time is very concerning to Surrey RCMP.

The most recent, on May 7, happened at the intersection of 24 Avenue and 164 Street in South Surrey, where a memorial with photos, flowers and candles now pays tribute to the life lost in the crash.

The other two crashes – one on March 30 and one on April 26, both in the Clayton area of Surrey, caused the death of both drivers as well.

“We all have a role to play in sharing the road safely,” Surrey RCMP said in a release.

“It is important that drivers pay attention, especially when changing lanes, and that riders leave room to ensure they are seen.”

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That’s why Surrey RCMP – in partnership with ICBC – is hosting a Motorcycle Skills Challenge, where participants will have the opportunity to navigate a skills course.

Police motorcycle riders will be there to provide tips and guidance to riders and help both new and experienced riders to develop valuable skills to stay safe on the roads.

The event happens on Sunday, May 28 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 82 Ave., in the parking lot, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is open to all riders with a class 6 licence, class 6 learners or class 8 with supervisor; all riders are required to wear proper safety equipment and bring their own insured street legal motorcycle.

“We are encouraging motorcyclists of all abilities to come and put their skills to the test,” said Sgt. Jason Barrett, with Surrey RCMP Traffic Services.

“This is the place to push your limits, make mistakes and learn in a controlled environment with the guidance experienced motorcycle officers.”

RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn said the event is free, with no need to pre-register.

“People can just show up anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” she said, noting that motorcyclists will have the chance to experience similar training to what RCMP motorcycle members receive.

“Hopefully they’ll take these skills with them and are better able ride on the road.”

May 16-22 is also National Road Safety Week, with this year’s theme being Take the Wheel, a popular expression that not only means to drive but also to take control.

“We want to remind people that they are in control of their driving and that they should be adopting safe driving behaviours to keep themselves, their passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians safe,” the release said.


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Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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