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Motorcyclists are ‘going to start riding, so start looking’

As the weather gets nicer, more motorcyclists will start taking to the roads.

To help keep motorcyclists safe on the road, the Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council held an awareness event at the Davenport West High School parking lot on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The event included a bike blessing, motorcycle awareness proclamations from local mayors, vendors, dealerships, a bike show with trophies, and a free fun run with prizes.

Treasurer of the Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council, Rusty Harmening, said the 2014 event was different from years past.

“We’ve done the parade for many years and it was getting a little too expensive,” Harmening said. “[W]e decided to take a little bit of money we had left and turn it into something we think will be more educational and get more into the public than what we were doing before.”

A semi-truck was on site for people to climb into to see what a driver may see. Harmening said this could help to change riders’ perceptions on the street.

Harmening said about a month after she got her first bike she was hit by a car. A couple years after the crash, she learned about the awareness organization and has been involved ever since.

“It’s very important because a motorcycle is small,” Harmening said. “We can hide behind the strip in your car that holds your windshield, a traffic sign, a telephone pole. So we preach this: Look twice and save a life.”

Organizers hoped by holding the event that it would help motorcyclists and drivers get the chance to walk in each other’s shoes and cooperate with each other. Harmening said a big take-away point from the event was out that they’re “going to start riding, so start looking.”

1 Comment

  • WendyWhiner

    I support motorcyclists’ right to ride but I have to say this: I see motorcyclists ‘cowboy/girl’ing it up quite a bit around the QCA. Maybe motorcycle advocates should also focus on educating riders themselves, especially the young ones who’s egos match their enormous alcohol intake any given weekend. I saw a pack of bikers actually stop traffic *themselves* at the foot of the Centennial Bridge one afternoon, so that they could travel through the light!

    Also, loud pipes might save lives, but they also wake up sleeping babies.

    *Ever notice how loud bikes don’t get tickets for violating the noise ordinance?*

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