I always (even though this may not be apparent in my second post in the biking section already) say that biking folk feel and understand something that non-biking folk do not, and it’s not something you can explain or tell someone. You either get it, or you don’t. Some motorists are almost oblivious to the existence and riding parameters of bikes on our local roads, and these people are usually easily spotted from a mile away.
The people who start changing lanes BEFORE looking or indicating.
The people who are constantly moving from side to side in their lane.
The people who excessively interact with their phones and radios while driving on the highway.
The people who drive while drunk or tired.
They may not realize it, but they are the most fortunate criminals in our country, able to get away with murder time and again.
While your car, or cage as we biking folk call it, has four wide wheels, ABS, EBD, Airbags, seat belts and of course the cage part keeping your face pretty should be be involved in an accident, we as bikers only have a helmet, a thin layer of leather and a prayer keeping us going. Riding isn’t dangerous, falling is, and the likelihood thereof becomes more and more likely when sharing the road with people who aren’t consciously aware of the bikes they share their roads with.
This past weekend we lost Andy Carrie: A well-known local travel blogger and photographer, due to one of these fortunate murderers who drove while inebriated and ended up hitting Andy who was on his bike at the time. This is but one incident of many where bikes and bikers are being neglected in terms of awareness, and it’s with this in mind that we aim to plan a BIG national motorcycle awareness ride in the coming months.
If they are deaf, let them see us. If they are blind, let them hear us. And if they are ignorant, let them feel us. We exist, we share the road and rightfully so.
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