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They Don't See Me Rollin', I'm Hatin'

Ah, springtime in the rural Midwest.  A quick check of the temperature indicates that it is presently 75 degrees outside.

And everything in my surrounding environment affirms this is true.  The birds are singing.  People are walking their pets.  Fitness nuts are jogging and riding bikes.  The skate rats have returned to the ramps.  I can hear the popping sounds coming from the skeet shooter blinds....

...oh, yeah.  And people are riding their motorcycles.

And so it is time for my now customary request to those on my f-list and those who read this on the feeds and such.  With warmer weather, that means an increase in motorcycle riders.  Motorcycle riders are in a far more fragile position than those of us who prefer our cages.  A car is specifically engineered to keep the occupant safe using a variety of physics-oriented designs.  Motorcycle riders have no such protection.  They are naked and completely exposed to threats on the road.  I didn't mention it in my report because I honestly didn't want to dwell on it, but on my way to the Wizard World convention last year, there was an SUV on the side of the road.  A short distance behind him was a bike on it's side, and an unconscious rider on the ground.  The woman who was presumably a passenger in the SUV (the guy was standing with the driver's door open and him between it and the vehicle itself, apparently calling 911) was just staring at the figure and looking ready to freak out.  At least, I'm hoping the rider was just unconscious.

So, please, as you go around, keep in mind that motorcycle riding season is upon us.  We've all seen the people with crotch rockets weaving around traffic and acting like they are stars in a Hollywood action movie.  Don't judge all riders because of that.  Your average motorcycle rider is not some show off or some extra from the Hell's Angels or Sons Of Anarchy.  They are just regular people who enjoy riding their bikes.  Any adult freedom carries increased risk, and their freedom is risky enough.  Please watch out for motorcycles.  I give them a couple of extra car lengths when I'm behind them or passing them.  Watch your blind spots closely.  Help them enjoy their lives just like you enjoy yours.


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Apr. 10th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I don't drive now, because I have seizures. Although, when I did drive I did give them several car lengths to. I can remember being about 12, and being up north riding on my Dad's motorcycle. Although not very fast. It was fun, and we were lucky even then that no one hit us. Just some random thoughts here. Also, I miss that motorcycle. ^_^
Apr. 11th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
You have seizures? I know this isn't much comfort, but I'm sorry to hear that and I hope someday you get to a point where you can drive and ride that motorcycle again.
Apr. 11th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Maybe, I will. Thanks for saying that. ^_^
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