Over the next few weeks, more than 12,000 Nova Scotians will blowthe dust off their helmets, fire up their motorcycles and take tothe streets. Nova Scotia’s transportation minister is remindingthem to put safety first. “Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation for many NovaScotians,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “Because of vehicle design, motorcyclists facerisks over and above operators of cars and trucks. All motoristsmust be aware of motorcycles, their drivers and theirpassengers.” For the fourth year running, the province has proclaimed May asMotorcycle Awareness Month. The goal is to encourage riders toreceive proper training and to encourage all motorists to beaware of motorcyclists. In 2003, the Registry of Motor Vehicles registered 12,580motorcycles, an increase of more than 700 over the previous year.Over the last five years, from 1998 to 2003, the province hasrecorded an increase of about 10 per cent in the number of peoplelicensed to ride a motorcycle. While motorcycles have become more popular, the fatality rateassociated with motorcycle use has decreased. In 2003, threepeople died in collisions associated with motorcycles, comparedto seven in 1999. “The Nova Scotia Safety Council offers motorcycle trainingprograms from May until September,” said Noel Facey, trafficsafety coordinator for the Nova Scotia Safety Council. “More than1,100 people complete our courses each year, learning how tohandle their vehicles safely and responsibly.”
Ontario is increasing train and bus services across the GO network this coming fall.The province says the changes are an effort to provide commuters with more travel options that will help manage congestion and ensure strong customer service.The changes include more peak period GO train service on the Barrie line, providing more travel options to commuters in Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, King City, Vaughan and Toronto. The province will also increase GO bus service on some of the most in-demand routes that serve customers in Burlington, St. Catharines, Guelph, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton and Richmond Hill.“Providing more train and bus service on our most in-demand routes is just one more way we are making transit a convenient choice for commuters. These new Barrie GO train trips also bring us one step closer to our goal of transforming the GO rail network to provide faster and more frequent rail service throughout the entire region,” said John Jensen, President and CEO, Metrolinx in a press release.The changes will be in effect as of September 2.