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Friday, September 16, 2011

Motorcycle Events and Driver Safety

As the weather starts to get cooler, many parts of the nation may start to witness more Motorcycle events. These events are partly social gathering but mostly charitable. Motorcyclists in support of some sort of charitable event will pay to enter and then enjoy a day of riding with their friends and, usually, a lunch or dinner afterward.

These events are a great way to raise money and awareness for deserving charities but they can pose a small problem for drivers. The Events are essentially mini-parades with up to two hundred riders at a time. They will normally announce their rides through local TV and newspapers and publish their route but not everyone gets the word. These motorcycle get-togethers are normally escorted by off-duty motor cycle police officers whose time is paid for by the event.

For a driver, who may be in a hurry, to encounter a passing of two hundred motorcyclists, it can sometimes create a conflict and some drivers may lose their patience and try to cut through. If you encounter one of these events, remember, it is for a good cause and it has been permitted by local law enforcement. Please exercise patience while the parade passes by. Be aware, that there may be a few stragglers and keep your eye out for motorcycles.

Remember, always look twice for motorcycles.

If you want to participate in one of these motorcycle events, you can view the calendar of upcoming events in your area at: http://motorcycleevents.com/index.php?option=com_sobi2&Itemid=156

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