ANNOUNCEMENT – RIDING DURING COVID-19
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Lots of talk about should we ride, should we not ride during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Let's just face reality, riding season is going to happen, COVID-19 be damned. So let's talk about how we can help as a community to not be a part of the already strained healthcare system and protect not just ourselves but those we love.
- ease back in to riding like you would every spring
- roads are full of gravel, potholes and in some cases there still might be ice under that puddle
- your tires will react differently on cold pavement as they will take longer to warm up
- wear all your gear, all the time
- be a little more diligent on the roads - just because there is less traffic doesn't mean you get to ride irresponsibly - you don't want to be a statistic or more important, a patient in a hospital right now
- take the precautions you need to keep safe from COVID-19 anywhere you may need to stop including space between you and your friends when off bikes
Riding with a Passenger
For those riding solo, you can ride with friends but asked to keep your groups under 5 bikes and that when stopped and off your bikes, you observe the 2 meter distance. It has always been a safety recommendation to keep group riding to 5-6 bikes to help with motorcycle safety. Off bike gatherings are still limited to 15 people observing physical distancing.
However, if you are planning to take a person for a ride on your bike and they do not live at the same address as you, much like in your car, the following message comes straight from enforcement legal. Please keep in mind that enforcement did not issue the health order, they are however asked to enforce the health order.
"If they are within 2m of each other in public or private (which would be the case riding a motorcycle together) and they aren’t from the same household they are in breach of a CMOH order and could be charged under the public health act. They could be given a part 3 ticket with a voluntary payment option of $1200 ($1000 fine + $200 victim fine surcharge) or given a part 2 ticket or sworn information either of which has a max fine of $100k for a first offence and $500k for any subsequent offence.
We still have discretion to assess the full circumstances and have an unofficial guide to not charge people who are commuting to work together but that isn’t technically an exception to the official order.
The best plan to avoid tickets is to ride solo or only with household members.”
Our partnered riding schools have been suspended until further notice. They felt that they could not guarantee any incidents during training and also want to ensure that physically distancing is observed. We appreciation their professionalism in the decision they made. If you have registered with any of our partnered schools including Alberta Safety Council, TNT Motorcycling, Too Cool Motorcycle School, SAIT or Motology, please reach out to them for more information.
Please be smart when making your decisions. This will pass if we all are doing our part.