Summer in the Drumheller Valley is heaven for bike riders, both pedal and motor powered, but it's also a time to be on one's guard. Last Saturday, July 21 saw not one, but two accidents involving motorcycles send their riders to hospital.
Around noon, a bike lost control on Highway 56 as it leaves the valley east of Rosedale, injuring a man from Calgary. About four hours later, another bike crashed on North Dinosaur Trail at Bridge Street.
"A motorcycle making a turn there misjudged the turn and he went up on the curb and over the median (and) the bike ended up falling on top of him," related Corporal Gerald Sherk of the Drumheller RCMP. "He was rushed to hospital; he had some serious, but not life threatening injuries; he's undergone surgery, but he's still in the hospital at this point."
The rider's name has not been made public, but Sherk confirmed he is from Drumheller.
"I was a little surprised that we had both on the same day (but) I'm not surprised that we have motorcycle accidents in town with the increased traffic of motorcycles," stated Sherk. "Drumheller's actually a popular destination for motorcycle enthusiasts and, with the increased tourist traffic there's a lot going on in town and if people aren't careful and attentive when they're riding their bikes, accidents happen."
"We tell car drivers all the time to watch for bikes, but with motorcycles, they have to basically ride with the assumption people aren't seeing them clearly," he added. "We have tourists from all over the place who don't necessarily know where they're going and we need people to be patient as they're traveling through town or on the highways with the increased traffic."