We all know motorcycling is dangerous, right? Motorcyclists are somewhere between 10 and 30 times as likely to die in a motor vehicle accident as automobile drivers. The chances of this dire outcome are small, and we individually do what we can to increase our odds, but the statistics do not lie.
So it's interesting to read this article from Common Thread, which covers an examination of the ratio between number of registered motorcycles by state with the death rates for motorcyclists in those states. And the conclusion, that the better the riding conditions, therefore the more riders ride, which leads to higher death rates, seems logical to the point of being blindingly obvious. In fact, that's what common sense tells us, and even what we tell each other - ride more; accept more risk.
Of course, the story is way more complicated than examining one factor makes is seem, but accepting complication does not undermine the truth of the observation. A key element is that alcohol is still involved in a quite a high percentage of motorcyclist deaths, and that's an easy factor to eliminate.
Btw, I dug a bit in Stats Can and elsewhere. There are about 68,000 registered motorcycles in BC as of 2017. Over the past half dozen years or so, there have been on average about 35 motorcyclist deaths per year in BC. That's roughly 5 deaths per 10,000 registrations, or about middle of the pack, compared to the US data.