Spring is finally upon us! The birds are flying over head and tulips are pushing their way towards the warm sun. This is also time of year where we, as automobile drivers, need to be much more aware. We’ve all spent the last few months not having to watch out for people on bicycles or motorcycles. It’s easy to take that second glance when pulling out in traffic to see if there is a bike that was hidden the first time you looked.
This motorcycle season will be the 52nd year of riding for my dad, 23rd for myself, and 7th (as a passenger) for my young son. Needless to say, we really enjoy riding, working on, and looking at motorcycles. Its easy for us to spot them in traffic…or even tucked behind a barn…but that’s a different story. I know that not everyone notices bikes as easily as our family. Many motorcyclists have exchanged their black leather jackets for something more eye catching to try and draw the attention of other drivers. Some are even installing extra lights to be more noticeable. The easiest suggestion I can make is that everyone should ALWAYS assume somebody is coming. Here’s an interesting Road and Track article that explains how easy it really is to miss something while driving.
Bicycles add their own element when it comes to awareness. They’re silent and being ridden all over the place! You never know where they’ll appear. Kids (and some adults) are riding them on the roads, sidewalks, and across front lawns. Even the most vigilant of drivers can be caught off guard by an unpredictable cyclist. The MTO has come out with several helpful articles (HERE) to help educate riders both young and old.
All I ask is that this spring, you take some time to enjoy that warm sunshine and keep your eye out for two wheeled motorists. We all share the responsibility of keeping each other safe while out on the road.
I’m always happy to write these emails and welcome any and all feedback. Don’t hesitate to reach out and discuss anything security or safety related.