May 20, 2012
Motorcycle groups from around the USA plan to raise awareness of motorcycles, while instilling safety measures that should be exercised by automobile drivers, as well as motorcyclists.
“The goal is to ensure safe sharing of the roadways,” says John Fox, Organizer of the Motorcycle Awareness Ride.
Phoenix Motorcycle Riders Group (PMRG) is inviting bikers from all over the Phoenix metro area to join them in this awareness event. There are two starting points planned; one at Westgate Mall in Glendale, and the other from Riverview Mall in Mesa. Both rides will kick off at 10:00 am, with a loop around the Phoenix area, and a finish in Cave Creek. Over 300 bikers participated in the past two awareness events, with a greater number anticipated for this year. Riders will be highly visible in yellow, green and orange t-shirts that read “Can You See Me Now?” all riding at or below the speed limit.
The Motorcycle Awareness Ride was created in 2010, in response to a tragic accident that took place in Phoenix. On March 25, 2010 a group of riders from Phoenix Motorcycle Riders Group and Phoenix MC Kruzers were struck from behind by a distracted truck driver while stopped at a traffic light. Four riders were killed and five others were seriously injured in that incident, prompting the need for increased awareness.
“This tragic accident has motivated us to action that we hope will result in safer roads for everyone,” said Fox, who is a member of the Phoenix Motorcycle Riders Group.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, half of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. 38% of those were during the execution of a car or truck performing a left-hand turn. As many communities across the nation have experienced crashes resulting in serious rider injury or fatality due to inattentive, careless or unaware drivers, thousands of motorcycle riders from all around the country have organized to ride in memorial and to raise awareness for safety measures.
For more information on the Motorcycle Awareness Ride, please visit http://www.mcawarenessridephx.com
Safety Tips for Cars and Trucks
- Be Aware of Motorcyclists – There are millions of motorcycles sharing the road.
- 2 Second Rule – Count a full 2 seconds (“1 one thousand, 2 one thousand”) when following other vehicles to ensure enough stopping distance. Motorcycles can stop very quickly, stay back.
- Stay Alert – Refrain from talking on a cell phone, putting on make-up, or engaging in behavior that distracts you from watching the road.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:
- Left on the Highway – Ride in the far left lane on highways, so as to stay away from cars exiting off ramps.
- Left Lane Caution – When traveling in the left lane on roads be cautious of vehicles making a left-hand turn.
- Adhere to Speed Limits – Your safety is significantly increased by honoring speed limits