Victoria Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year to travel on our highways, but not just in cars and trucks. Bicycles and motorcycles are hitting the roads in growing numbers across Nova Scotia. The result is an increase in the number of collisions involving two-wheelers. Police across Nova Scotia will be holding a series of events, such as bike rodeos, to promote safe riding skills over the coming days. Events like bike rodeos are a fun and exciting way to provide children with safety tips. “Bicyclists and motorcyclists share our roads, and, for their own safety, they need to be more cautious than other road users,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell. “Police are providing important and timely safety tips, encouraging everyone to wear proper helmets and clothing and to be better riders.” While reported bicycle and motorcycle collisions spike in the summer months, the month of May is when police begin promoting safe riding each year. “With the good weather coming out we are seeing a lot more bicycles and motorcycles on the roads,” said Const. Keith McGuire of the RCMP. “The bike rodeos are great to teach children the rules of the road, but the important thing is that motorists acknowledge the safety of these more vulnerable drivers. For the safety of all drivers, we ask that the motoring public be more conscious of the bikers and motorcyclists who share our roads.” The province is marking May 17-23 as National Road Safety Week, an initiative designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and, ultimately, to save lives. It is a special week to focus on safe driving practices, and is timed in conjunction with Canada’s first holiday weekend of the summer, when the travelling public will be out in great numbers. Nova Scotia is working toward benchmarks set by Road Safety Vision 2010, a national plan to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world. Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee helps government develop road safety priorities and programs. The committee includes members of nonprofit organizations, government, industry, police and others.