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DON'T TURN "MAY" INTO MAYHEM – MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH IS TIME TO SHARE THE ROAD
OTTAWA - With warmer weather and clear roads on the way, Motorcycle Awareness Month in May is a time for motorists and motorcyclists to be aware of one another and stay safe, says the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada.
"Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather gets warmer, which makes May the perfect month for Motorcycle Awareness," says Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. "All motorists are reminded to safely share the road with motorcycles to help keep our roads safe."
Kellee Irwin, Chair of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada says "promoting the safety of motorcyclists to all drivers and vehicles on the road is the top priority for the month of May."
More than 670,000 licenced motorcycles and scooters are back on the roads each spring across Canada with over 52,000 new street-legal and off-road motorcycles sold each year.
"More and more Canadians are discovering motorcycling as a safe, convenient and affordable mode of transportation, says Irwin. Our goal is to educate all motorists on one another to keep the roads crash-free."
Irwin says safety campaigns such as Motorcycle Awareness Month play a big role in ensuring this trend continues. To ensure a safe riding season, the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada offers these tips for motorcyclists and other drivers:
Tips for Motorists
- Keep a safe distance when following a motorcycle – at least two seconds
- Motorcyclists use a full lane – treat them like all other vehicles
- Check mirrors and blind spots frequently – motorcycles can be hidden entirely in your blind spot
- Pay special attention at intersections where almost 50% of motorcycle collisions occur
Tips for Motorcyclists
- Keep a safe distance around you and maintain proper lane position
- Check your mirrors and blind spots frequently
- Be extra alert at intersections
- Be seen! Wear bright colours and reflective clothing, and ride with your lights on
- Be safe! Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and protective gear
- Ride at your own comfort level, be aware of wildlife and road conditions
Motorcyclist Confederation of Canada
The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the national not-for-profit advocacy organization for the promotion of motorcycling interests "pursuing a better riding experience for all". For more information and to download your own Motorcycle Awareness Month safety poster, visit www.motorcycling.ca.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Kellee Irwin, please contact
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NEW MODELS AND ENTERTAINMENT HI-LIGHT THE TORONTO SHOW
TORONTO, ON – A good sign that spring is on its way is when The Motorcycle Show Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, opened its doors at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place on February 20 – 22, 2015. A great crowd of over 28,000 enthusiasts flowed through the gates to check out the new 2015 bikes, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, as well as take advantage of the added bonus of a jam-packed schedule of entertainment over the three-day event.
Friday kicked off with She Rides Nite with half price tickets after 5pm for the ladies and free parking. Special guest Valerie Thompson, 7X Land Speed Recorder Holder was on hand signing autographs in the BMW booth all day and interviewed on stage for She Rides Nite. Numerous performances could be taken in all weekend with features showcasing Canada’s top Superbike and Trials competitor, Jordan Szoke’s along with Dan Johnson and his son Aiden age 8 at the Trials Demonstrations; Team Empire’s adrenaline packed freestyle stunt show, Frank Woods hosted interviews in the Race Café, the OPP Golden Helmets Team took their machines through a series of complex patterns, learn from Clinton Smout’s “How To” Seminars and the always popular Yamaha Riding Academy for Kids allowed youngsters ages 6-12 a chance to test out a Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle.
The weekend was capped off on Sunday afternoon with the Grand Prize finalists coming back to the show to try their luck at winning a new 2015 Triumph Bonneville Newchurch Commemorative Special Edition Motorcycle from Triumph Motorcycles and Q107.There are only 25 of these Motorcycles available in Canada for 2015. So, when all was said and done, George, from Mitchel Ontario was the lucky winner who walked away with this awesome bike!
Show Manager Neil Fardy, on behalf of the show team, would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2015 Toronto Motorcycle Show a success this year. The partners, exhibitors, performers, suppliers and attendees all contributed to making it the great show that it is. “The show looked great, we heard positive comments from exhibitors and attendees about the entertainment, and the crowds in and out all weekend were proof that the passion for the sport of motorcycling is still alive and well.” added Fardy .
Produced by Power Sport Services, the 2015 Motorcycle Show Toronto boasted an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am BRP, Deeley Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Hyosung, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.
Preparations are now underway for the 2016 Motorcycle Show - Toronto. For more information about the Motorcycle Show - Toronto, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca. Become part of the Motorcycle Show’s online community by following on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow).
ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces seven premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
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2015 Motorcycle Show-Toronto Show Media Advisory
Toronto will be center-stage for Canada’s motorcycle industry as the world’s top brands showcase their newest products to enthusiasts at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, during the Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, Friday, February 20 to Sunday, February 22.
This is the 28th edition of Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ show, and much like the auto show, this will be the first opportunity for enthusiasts to see the new 2015 motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side and scooter models that will be on sale at dealerships when the spring riding season rolls around.
In addition to the 400+ bikes on display, there’s a wide-range of exciting features, plus the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations, in a space equal to three-and-a-half football fields, all under one roof.
Friday, February 20, 2015 12 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, February 21, 2015 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, February 22, 2015 10 am – 5 pm
Direct Energy Centre, Hall B, Exhibition Place, Princes' Blvd., Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Visuals & Interview Opportunities:
Harley-Davidson’s First Electric Motorcycle - The Project Livewire™ Experience. Media can take a ride on the Livewire Jumpstart™ Demo, a simulated riding experience that doesn’t require a motorcycle license.
America’s Queen of Speed, Valerie Thompson - A seven-time land speed record holder (with a career best of 350.35 kph) and one of the fastest females on two-wheels, Thompson is at the Toronto Show on Friday only.
She Rides Nite (Friday, February 20) - Women make up the fastest-growing segment of motorcycling. This is an evening of celebration for women who ride and those considering the sport. Female riding experts and examples of riding gear designed for women available.
Yamaha Riding Academy For Kids - This popular feature introduces children, aged 6-12, to the world of riding with certified instructors and riding gear provided.
Team Empire Freestyle Stunt Team - American stunt masters Nick “Apex” Brocha and Aaron Twite will showcase their streetbike freestyle stunt-riding prowess during all three days of the Show.
2015 Triumph Special Edition Bonneville Newchurch Grand Prize – only 25 of these special Triumphs are coming to Canada this year and one lucky person at the Show Sunday afternoon will win one.
Trials Demos With Jordan Szoke - the Wayne Gretzky of Canadian motorcycle racing, Brantford’s Jordan Szoke is a 19-time Canadian champion who will demonstrate his motorcycle mastery riding over cars and the occasional jump over a trusting person.
Plus several experts to talk about the business and enthusiast side of the motorcycle industry.
For media credentials, interview requests and show information, please contact:
Jerry Priddle Accelerate Marketing & Communications
(416) 312-9491 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo-Anne Farquhar Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council / Power Sport Services