As Nova Scotians prepare to greet summer, the province’s 10,000 motorcycle users are tuning up their two wheelers for the open road. To make sure all road users stay aware of the summer increase in motorcycle traffic, the Nova Scotia government, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Safety Council, is proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Nova Scotia. “With the freedom that comes with motorcycling there are also great risks,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Already this year two people have been killed on motorcycles in Nova Scotia and that’s definitely not a trend we like to see.” “Before you ride — whether it’s for the freedom, the journey, the adventure, or for cheap transportation — take the time to assess your risks,” said Nancy White of the Nova Scotia Safety Council. “Prepare yourself mentally and physically. Wear a proper helmet and protective gear. Get training. Practise your skills, and know your bike.” While the onus is on motorcyclists to drive safely and wear their helmets, Mr. MacIsaac said all drivers need to be aware of the increased number of motorcycles on the road during the warmer months. “One careless moment can cost a life.” More information about motorcycle safety and motorcycle safety training courses available can be found on the Nova Scotia Safety Council website at www.nssafety.ns.ca .