Bikers make noise to improve Malahat safety

Protest planned at legislature to send message, create solution

Kristy Falconer hopes to make some noise when she jumps on her hog Saturday (Nov. 5).

She estimates more than 80 motorcyclists will come together to raise awareness, as well ask the province to place concrete barriers in the centre lane of high-crash sections of the Malahat Drive on the Trans-Canada Highway.

“There’s been seven (fatalities) in four years,” Falconer said, adding tomorrow’s ride marks a week since Langford resident and motorcyclist Colin Grant was killed on that same stretch of road.

Falconer has helped spearhead the Riders for Safety ride, which she hopes will send a loud message to the region’s MLAs and B.C.’s Minister of Transportation, Blair Lekstrom.

Many of the riders are making their backseats available so that Lekstrom and the MLAs can join them.

Enough is enough, said Falconer.

“There’s a common pattern and that’s crossing the centre line, and fatalities resulting because of head-ons from lack of centre barriers,” said Falconer, adding concrete barriers at the Malahat’s high-crash zones make sense considering there are already barriers farther along the road and on the Pat Bay Highway.

“I don’t believe people are going to change,” Falconer said. “We need to put something in place that will be there 24-7, that … will reduce the fatalities and the severity of accidents.”

Motorcyclists are asked to meet at Ogden Point at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 5). They are expected to arrive at the legislature around 3:30 p.m. 

emccracken@vicnews.com