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By: By Paul Stein/For the Telegram, Superior Telegram
Motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than people in cars or trucks sharing the same roadways.
Motorcycle drivers, riders and enthusiasts plan to gather from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Superior to heighten awareness that motorcycles share the road with other vehicles. The gathering, organized by the local chapter of ABATE, is scheduled rain or shine to be at the K-Mart parking lot, 3015 Tower Ave. ABATE is an organization that supports motorcycle rider safety through educating the individual rider and the motoring public.
Wisconsin statistics for 2008 indicate Saturdays between 3- 5 p.m. are the most likely time for a motorcycle crash. Drivers between the ages of 45 and 54 years hold the highest percentage of those injured or killed in a motorcycle crash. Most motorcycle accidents occurred while the weather was clear and the roads dry, according to state numbers. Tire condition was most often cited as a contributing factor for motorcycle accidents that result in injury or death. In 2008, there were a total of 850 vehicle crashes in Douglas County. Motorcycles involved in crashes comprised less than 3 percent of that total.
“Governor Jim Doyle and Mayor Dave Ross have signed proclamations setting May as Motorcycle Awareness Month”, said Dorrie Meyer, Region 6 Secretary of ABATE of Wisconsin. The second annual Motorcycle Awareness Day in Superior is an attempt to remind drivers of vehicles in Wisconsin that motorcycles share the road.
“We can all work together to prevent accidents” said Meyer. “Take an extra peek in your blind spot, take extra care.”
Motorcyclists also need to do their part. According to a statement issued by the Dave Charlebois of ABATE of Wisconsin, safe riding tips include; Signaling your intentions; ride so you are seen; sharpen your riding skills; and be courteous and respectful.
“Sunday’s rally promoting motorcycle awareness will be held rain or shine, and we encourage the motoring public to meet with riders present and discuss traffic safety”, said Meyer.