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, MLA St. Norbert
May 23, 2013

CMMG's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Rally

Mr. Speaker, everyone who knows me knows that I love all things motorcycle. What's essential to enjoying freedom on the road is that enthusiasts like me take safety precautions at every turn. In an effort to promote road safety, I was honoured to deliver the proclamation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month at the rally organized by the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycles Groups, or CMMG. This annual rally is successful in raising consciousness of motorcycles being on the road after a long Manitoba winter.

Come spring time, many drivers forget about checking for bikes that are now back on the road. So on May 4th, all levels of riders with all kinds of motorcycles came out for the safety rally. These riders met at the Legislature, received bingo cards, depending on where they travelled, and received stamps from sponsor dealers. They rode around Winnipeg, Selkirk and even as far as Morden! The rally ended up with a wind-up dinner and there were lots of great prizes.

CMMG, the driving force behind the rally, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of motorcycle safety, and this is achieved by supporting legislation reforms, encouraging education and spreading information to assist and continue enjoyed safe enjoyment of two-wheeled motorization transportation.

The coalition has many effective campaigns over the year. Key to initiating the Mandatory Motorcycle Training Program, CMMG's recommendations were incorporated in the graduated licencing program. It was instrumental in securing “pleasure” and “all purpose” classes for motorcycles, and they have helped 145 motorcycles removed from the higher, premium sport-bike category and successfully advocated for insurance-rate rebates. By working with MPI and Safety Services Manitoba, CMMG has prepared motorcycle awareness and training videos.

Thank you to the CMMG for the important work that you do. Through your strong determination, you are undoubtedly protecting and saving lives. And as the saying goes: watch for motorcyclists, check and check again.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.