2012-04-05 / Front Page

Look Twice, Save a Life

Bikers raise road awareness, raise money for causes
BY JAMIE CHAMBERS
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A.B.A.T.E. hopes to raise money for motorcycle awareness and get another billboard put up, like the one seen here visible on I-75. 
Photo by Jamie Chambers A.B.A.T.E. hopes to raise money for motorcycle awareness and get another billboard put up, like the one seen here visible on I-75. Photo by Jamie Chambers GENESEE COUNTY — American Bikers Aiming toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) of Michigan Region 20, in their continued efforts to raise attention and money for motorcycle awareness, will host two events in April in preparation for May’s Motorcycle Awareness Month.

The first is the Annual Awareness Party on April 14 at Union City Field in Flint and the second is the Annual Awareness Ride beginning at Top End Sports in Burton on April 28.

According to Mike Poage, the co-region chairperson and Motorcycle Safety awareness Coordinator, over half of the motorcycle accidents that happen between a motorcycle and an automobile are the result of only a small percentage of drivers: those who have had less than six months of licensed driving time. A.B.A.T.E. is trying to change this statistic.

These inexperienced drivers are precisely the reason why teaching students about motorcycle awareness and the similarities between these individuals and the motorcyclists that they are sharing the roadways with are so important.

“These 15-16 year old students are just like you and me,” said Poage, indicating not all “bikers” are long haired and wear leather although, for safety reasons, should be at least wearing the leather for protection.

The goal of A.B.A.T.E. is to educate future drivers on motorcycle awareness and A.B.A.T.E. does so by entering the classrooms as guest speakers at no charge while a driver’s training course is already being taught.

The purposes of these two events that are being held this month are to raise money for the continuation of this education of students soon to be driving, for 4-foot-by-8-foot awareness signs visible across the state, and giant billboards that can be seen, for example, from I-75 during a morning commute.

The April 14 party starts at 7 p.m. The price for admission is $10 per person which will gain entrance to the party as well as access to the food, water or soda, and music that will be provided.

There will be door prizes and 50/50 raffle tickets.

The April 28th awareness ride is a free event although donations are encouraged. Past awareness rides have resulted in upwards of 3,000 riders who all participate to support the cause.

This year’s ride will begin promptly at noon at Top End Cycle, G-3360 South Dort Hwy. in Burton (registration begins at 10 a.m.).

There will also be door prizes and 50/50 raffle tickets available for this event as well.

Details: Go to www.abatemichregion20.com.

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