With summer in full swing, it’s important to remember that motorcycles are everywhere and every time you get in the car it’s worth taking a second look to listen and check for bikes. Unfortunately however, that doesn’t always mean that they are watching for you.
It’s up to both parties involved to do their due diligence to ensure that we’re looking out for each other on the road. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were over 8.6 million motorcycles on the road in 2015, but also 88,000 injuries and 4,976 fatalities. Definitely #NOTafeelgoodstatement.
What’s being done about it? At Lil’ Eddie’s Ride in Worcester, organizers are working hard to raise awareness for is rider safety, being cautious at their own ride by bringing in police motorcycle detail and ensuring that every rider has a helmet. Lil’ Eddies Ride was started after the tragic loss of Navy Veteran & Worcester Correctional Officer Edmund Lindberg, who was killed in July of 2010 in a motorcycle accident not far from his home. Every year in his honor, a ride is held to remind all those on the roads they travel just how important it is to stay alert. So far, Lil’ Eddies Ride has contributed over $30,000 to Veterans Inc. in his memory. Right before the ride, each of us stood in silence with a hand over our hearts as the National Anthem played in honor of all those that the close knit group of friends and family attending the ride have lost.
“Just be smart on your bike, you know? Most bike accidents are preventable,” says Tim Noel, rider and organizer at Lil’ Eddie’s Ride. “To people in your cars, obviously stay off your phones. Especially when the nice weather is out, there’s a lot of bikes around and you’re not always gonna see them. You’re looking for cars, not bikes. And to the bikers, just be smart on the road. It’s a tragedy when anyone loses their life in a motorcycle accident, but it’s even more tragic when it was preventable.”
On a personal note, the entire group at Lil’ Eddie’s Ride will welcome anyone that wants to ride with them like family if you’d like to ride next year (they certainly did for me!). You’ll likely catch me joining them next year with a Go-Pro to document the entire ride.
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