Motorcycle Awareness Month

To the editor:

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

During the winter months we are missing one type of vehicle from our roadways and that is the motorcycle.

Without them out there on a daily basis it is very easy for the motorists to get accustomed to their absence and not look for them. With May being Motorcycle Awareness Month, now is the time to remind ourselves there are other vehicles besides cars and semi’s to look out for.

There are very simple things to remind ourselves of while driving. Make sure you look twice when making a left turn or entering an intersection. Everything about a motorcycle is smaller than a car which makes it more challenging for the motorist to detect. Obviously the motorcycle itself is smaller, but the tail lights and brake lights are smaller and aren’t as visible as a car.

Someone once asked me why motorcycles ride so close to the centerline of the road. The simple answer is to help you. The purpose is to stay out of your blind spot while we are following a car or another vehicle and stay in your side mirror and out of your blind spot.

This letter is simply to remind drivers that we all share the road, whether we drive semis, trucks, cars, or motorcycles. So please look twice for motorcyclist and share the road. Let’s set our goals to have an accident free year.

Chapter IA-W will have a Blessing of the Bikes at our regular monthly gathering on May 13 at 10 a.m. at The Maid Rite restaurant in Webster City, the junctions of Highway. 20 and Highway 17 South.. All motorcyclists are welcome.

Roger Harris

Vicki Harris

Chapter IA-W

Senior directors

Gold Wing Road

Riders Association