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Southern Maryland Riders and Advocates Host Safety Rally
Hollywood, MD - 4/11/2012
On Sunday, April 15, 2012 riders, rider educators, insurance companies, rider clubs, organizations and other advocates will host a Motorcycle Safety Rally at Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department starting at 11 a.m. for a Blessing of the Bikes by Rushing Winds Motorcycle Ministry with Gordon “Preacher” Bacon, followed by events, outreach, and interactive booths from 12 noon to 4 p.m.The event is FREE, open to all and will provide an opportunity for riders to receive information on licensing, pre-ride mechanical checks, and learn about advanced riding skills.Additionally, a practice course will be open to licensed riders over 18 years of age wearing proper safety equipment.The day will include a more challenging course for advanced riders.Grill Sergeant BBQ and Kettle Corn will be on site to purchase some delicious foods.Information from insurance groups, dealers, accessory shops, advocacy groups, door prizes and on-site poker run round out the day.Wallet cards, MVA Motorcycle Manuals, state maps and Southern Maryland Trails will be available. There will also be a drawing for 4 tickets to Blue Crabs Baseball game for those who complete a quick survey.
The rally is a combined effort of riders, educators, and advocates.Presentations on topics to include Road Captain/Group Rides, First There/First Care, T-CLOCK (pre-ride checks), and General Maintenance will be conducted.Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s SMARTrainer, Motorcycle Simulator, along with the mobile classroom will be on site and free to try.Three (3) courses will available for those with limited experience to those with more experience to practice and obtain techniques from experience riders and educators.Ride Like a Pro Maryland will show riders more advanced skills, including single-lift for dropped bikes.
The Blessing of the Bikes will begin at 11 a.m. with some patriotic songs and proclamation issued by elected officials.St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of law enforcement will say a few words to encourage riders to continue to develop their skills on their bikes, the importance of making riders most visible and that officers are vigilant in efforts to enforce laws to motorists who drive in an unsafe manner around motorcyclists.
But why a safety rally?Motorcycle safety is an increasing concern in Maryland. Ridership has increased dramatically over the last four years and the numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving motorcyclists has increased as well. Excessive speed on the part of the motorcycle rider is a significant factor in fatal motorcycle crashes. Motor vehicle drivers also contribute to a number of fatal motorcycle crashes each year – caused when drivers are inattentive, violate the motorcyclists’ right of way or are impaired. Rider inexperience and impaired riding by motorcyclists of all classifications are also contributing factors.
Extreme speed has been noted in a number of crashes involving sport bikes. Aggressive driving by a minority of sport bike riders continues to be a problem for state and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland.
Tips for Riders
- Make yourself visible. Choose riding gear that increases your visibility in traffic in addition to providing protection in the event of a crash. Use bright colors and retro-reflective strips or decals, especially at night.
- Ride so you are seen. There is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen. Ride with your headlight on and consider using a modulating headlight.
- Give yourself space and time to react. Allow space for emergency braking or for avoiding a crash. Make your lane moves gradually.
- Signal your intentions. Signal before changing lanes. Avoid weaving between lanes. Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
- Be courteous and respect other road users. Being courteous, non-aggressive and cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes.
Tips for Drivers
- Respect the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway. Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
- Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are smaller profile vehicles that are harder to see and whose speeds are more difficult to estimate. Look for motorcycles at intersections, especially before making a left turn. Check your blind spots frequently and before changing lanes. Always signal your intentions.
- Allow plenty of space. Traffic, weather and road conditions require the motorcyclists to react and maneuver differently. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to maneuver and enough time for you to adjust.
- Be courteous and respectfulBeing courteous, non-aggressive and cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes.
In 2009, there were 67 motorcycle fatalities in Maryland. In 2009, there were 1596 motorcycle related crashes in Maryland. Motorcycle riders aged 21-49 are overrepresented in crashes, compared to rates among all driver types statewide. Nine out of ten motorcycle crashes involve a male rider. Three-quarters of motorcycles passengers involved in crashes are female.According to preliminary 2009 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,465 Motorcyclists were killed on our nation's roads.
All applicants of a motorcycle license endorsement under 18 years of age and all new drivers regardless of age must have satisfactorily completed an approved driver education course of not less than 30 hours classroom instruction and six (6) hours behind-the-wheel driver training. Anyone under the age of 18 must also complete either the Basic Rider Course or the Alternate Basic Rider Course before applying for a motorcycle license.
No person shall operate or ride a motorcycle unless they are wearing protective headgear, which complies with the standards established by the Motor Vehicle Administration. All helmets sold in the United States for use by motorcyclists since 1973 must comply with the Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (FMVSS 218). This is the minimum standard for helmets required to be worn by motorcycle operators and passengers in Maryland.
Individuals may not operate or ride on a motorcycle unless they are wearing an approved eye-protective device. Motorcycle operators and passengers must wear an eye-protective device that is in compliance with the Federal Food and Drug Administration regulations on impact resistance, 21 CFR Section 801.410(d)(2). Eye-protective devices include face shields, goggles, and spectacles. Most eyewear sold over the counter complies with the FDA’s impact resistance regulations. Motorcycle operators and passengers must wear clear (non-tinted) eye-protective devices when motor vehicles are required to display or use their lights.
Motorcycles may be fitted with modulating headlamps, provided that they meet OEM standards and are equipped with an automatic nighttime shutoff switch.
The mission at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is to efficiently provide mobility for its customers through a safe, well-maintained and attractive highway system that enhances Maryland’s communities, economy and environment. SHA maintains more than 16,000 lane miles of Interstate, primary and secondary roads and more than 2,500 bridges. Safety is SHA’s number one priority.
SHA work hard to provide their customers with a world class highway system. Thousands of dedicated SHA employees work each and every day to make sure roadways are safe for all those that travel them, including motorcyclists. Feedback and information from riders about the condition of the roadways is encouraged. If you find something on your ride that creates an unsafe condition, please let SHA know about it. In St. Mary’s County call 301-475-8035 and in Calvert County call 410-535-1748.
Sponsors of the Event Include Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Inc, and Red Knight Motorcycle Club Maryland 4.
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world's largest single-marquee social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles -- and some would say, the world's largest family. Dedicated to our motto, Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization.
GWRRA members are men and women from all walks of life with varied interests and backgrounds. We have riders in their teens, riders in their 90's and every age in between! Many ride solo; many ride with their children or grandchildren! Some ride Wings that are new; some ride Wings that are "classics." Some belong for the technical information we share; some just for the enjoyment of riding with friends.
To be a member of GWRRA, there are only two requirements: own a Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie and keep your membership fees current. We have individual or family memberships available. For non Gold Wing/Valkyrie owners there is now a classification of our membership titled Associate, which is also available as individual or family.
There are many benefits to GWRRA membership. Our members enjoy special camaraderie and fellowship and the comfort of belonging to the largest family of Gold Wing/Valkyrie owners. We like to share our pleasure in the freedom of riding motorcycles with others like ourselves. We strive for improvement by attending GWRRA safety workshops. We share technical expertise, news and tips about riding, maintenance and the best touring routes in the world.
Consistently honored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the GWRRA Rider Education Program works diligently to teach you how to ride better, safer and smarter: perhaps, even how to save your life! You can learn how to safely pull a trailer, how to cope with adverse riding conditions, how to keep your Gold Wing in top-notch shape and how your passenger can be a better Co-Rider. Your participation entitles you to the best insurance rates available for your Gold Wing and its accessories.
Red Knights Motorcycle Club MD 4
The Mission of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club MD 4
To promote motorcycle safety.
To project a positive image of motorcycling.
To enjoy the fraternity of FireFighters.
To engage exclusively in social, charitable and educational activities directed at increasing
the general understanding of, enjoyment of, competency, sportsmanship and
participation in the sport of Motorcycling.
The Red Knights International Motorcycle Inc. Club® is an organization composed exclusively of Firefighters with International Affiliation dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety and fellowship among firefighters who ride motorcycles.
Local chapters sponsor various activities throughout the riding season, as well as the non-riding season, such as “Poker Runs,” dinner rides, tour rides, family and combined chapter picnics, as well as participating in other motorcycle club activities. Any moneys raised by local chapters usually sees a percentage donated to a hospital burn unit to aid children injured by fire, or aid fellow firefighters who may have suffered the misfortune of being a victim of a fire.
Membership is open to ALL firefighters, ACTIVE or RETIRED, who have access to a motorcycle and hold a current valid motorcycle license. Spouses, members’ children, boy and/or girlfriends and brothers/sisters are also welcome for membership as Social Members.
Find them on the web at:http://rkmcmd4.com/
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