To Be Involved
This article appears in the December 2004 issue of Southern Motorcycle Times.
The new year is coming and it's time to start thinking about a New Year's resolution. As mature, intelligent, bikers, we should be thinking about how to make our ride safer next year and how we can promote motorcycle awareness to automobile drivers. Now is the time to make a commitment to get involved in motorcycle safety and awareness.
There are many ways you can get involved. Becoming a rider coach and teaching safety classes is one way. If you feel you don't have the time for that, there are others ways you can help. You can contribute money to the rider safety fund of a local motorcyclists rights organization (MRO). Many MROs have separate financial accounts dedicated specifically for safety and awareness programs.
You can also work with your local DOT to get "Share The Road" signs put up in your area or help raise money for a motorcycle awareness bulletin board. You've all seen them before "Look Twice, Save a Life, Motorcycle Are Everywhere". If you don't think you can accomplish that, here's something that EVERY biker can accomplish. Purchase some motorcycle awareness bumper stickers. They usually cost between 25 cents and a dollar. Buy them and give them to people who you know will put them on their cars. If a 25 cent bumper sticker reminds someone to "look twice", your 25 cent investment could actually save the life of a biker next year. There are several places to purchase these bumper stickers. See the following web page for more information on purchasing motorcycle awareness bumper stickers: http://www.ncrider.com/bumpersticker-page.htm