IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY IMPORTANT TO YOU?
The month of May is widely accepted in the United States as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. I’m not sure who started this tradition but many organizations tout it including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA), Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and others.
If you are like me and have been around the motorcycle industry for any length of time, this is probably not news to you. And like me… it is also probably likely that while you have been aware of it, you have never done anything to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
To support this theory, I conducted a little social network experiment yesterday and posted the following to my Twitter account (www.twitter.com/BikerSwag) throughout the day:
May is recognized as Motorcycle Awareness Month. What plans do you have to help promote it? I’m looking for ideas.
I’m looking for some good ideas on how to promote Motorcycle Awareness Month to the non-riding public… got any?
My response? Nada, Zilch, Zippo. This is not exactly a scientific process but with nearly 700 “motorcycle-interested” people following me, I didn’t get one response from even one person saying they were doing anything to promote motorcycle awareness in May. Now, I know there are those are actively doing so but my guess is that most of us who are the most concerned about motorcycle safety do little to promote it. That’s going to change for me this year. Here are five things I plan to do this week in honor of Motorcycle Safety Month:
1 – Post something on my RANT to encourage my fellow riders to promote motorcycle safety. (You are reading it now) Here are links you should check out.
2 – Post MSF’s article “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles” on all of my Social Networking sites and ask all of my friends to read it.
3 – Print out and post MSF’s article “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles” in the break room of my office building.
4 – Invite a less experienced rider to ride with me next weekend. (I remember when I first started riding how helpful it was to ride with an experienced rider who took their time with me.)
5 – Post a link to the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program webpage on my website.
Motorcycle safety and particularly awareness by other motorists is something I am very concerned about. What about you? Is this something you care about? Will my 5 actions above make a difference? Please leave your comments below.