Over the weekend, I spotted another STOP sign that had been sticker-bombed. This one is my favorite, I think:
In Memory of Lance – The Purple and White Sticker
The purple and white “Look Twice” stickers were created by Kathy & Patrick Malone in memory of their son Lance, 25. He was killed by an inattentive driver while riding his motorcycle. You can visit their site to order the purple and white bumper stickers.
There are many “Look Twice” campaigns around the county. I was sent an article from Boston.com by a friend named Kat. Motorcycles are everywhere, but who made the bumper sticker? According to the article, the ‘Check Twice, Save a Life” stickers are the brainchild of one man. “They were the creation of Bob Doiron, then of Somerville, in 1982. He was one of the founders of what is now the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA).” If they make a single person pause, think and of course, look – then they’ve been a success.
Last week Swag over at BikerSwag.com asked, ‘May is recognized as Motorcycle Awareness Month. What plans do you have to help promote it?’
That’s a good question. I don’t know if my answer is a cop-out but I’m not doing anything differently than I always do, I suppose.
- Encourage Minimizing Risk: ATGATT
I try to minimize my own personal risk and encourage others to do the same by extolling the benefits of wearing ATGATT – All the Gear, All the Time. I’m not walking around like a Jehovah’s Witness selling my gospel door to door or anything, but I do put my feelings out there.
When people ask why I’m wearing “all that” or of I’m hot, (when I’m done rolling my eyes ) I usually relay some sort of message regarding my clothing’s value. If just one person decides that maybe riding around in a t-shirt isn’t such a hot idea or maybe investing in a pair of riding boots is money well spent, then I feel like I’ve done something.
- Encourage Education: Learn the Right Way – Take a Class
When someone mentions to me that they or a loved one are interested in riding, I always suggest that they take an MSF or similar course. I’m sure their wives, husbands, uncles are all great riders just like they say they are but… I feel it’s best to learn from someone you don’t have a relationship with and to make sure you get a well-rounded education. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation curriculum will prepare you with concepts for operating your motorcycle safely. It’s a great foundation for learning.
Education isn’t only for Noobs!
There are many refresher or experienced rider courses you can take to brush up on your skills. There is always something to learn.
- Encourage Others to Help Themselves: Be your own Safety Advocate
Don’t wait for someone else to help you. Help yourself!
- Ride like you’re invisible
- Don’t Ride Tired
- Don’t Drink and Ride
- Check your Speed – You can still have fun without being a menace
- Check your equipment – Make sure your bike is in safe working order
- Don’t ride in a car’s blind spot
- Remember that you aren’t invincible, you’re a fragile human being
- New rider? Leave the passenger at home for a while. You don’t know what you’re doing yet
- Watch for Turning Vehicles- Don’t become a statistic!
Have any other safety tips to share? Let’s hear ’em!
So? What are you doing for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month?
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