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Many automotive motorists simply are not taking their driving task seriously.

Distractions are everywhere and some seem to think cruising down a public road is a passive activity rather, it’s a complex task that involves concentration and more than just knowing how to use the accelerator, brakes, and steering.

Few automotive motorists will land on this blog post, but if they do here are some key messages for drivers:

  • Look For Motorcyclists — Use your eyes and mirrors to see what’s around, and check the blind spots when you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections. Look, and look again.
  • Focus on Driving — Don’t Text, hang up the phone, put down the eye lash liner brush, stop adjusting the sound system, ignore the navigation system, settle the passengers, and DRIVE.
  • Use Your Turn Signals — Signal your intentions for everyone’s safety.
  • Give Motorcycles Some Room — Don’t tailgate or pass too closely.
  • Take Your Time — Nothing is as important as the safety of your loved ones, yourself, and the others with whom you share the road.

Key messages for motorcycle enthusiasts?  Responsible riding habits are paramount and always worthy of special attention.

2017 Proclamation

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and it’s time to remind everyone about driver safety.  Please keep your mind on the road!

NOTE:  As of the blog posting time stamp there’s been NO proclamation from Oregon’s 38th  Governor or the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety on the May 2017 Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Of course members are supportive of everyone being a responsible rider with efforts centered on training to improve rider skills and communicating the dangers of motorcycling, but a statement for this year has yet to be released.

UPDATED: May 4, 2017 — CORRECTION: Governor Brown did sign a 2017 proclamation in late April about May being Motorcycle Awareness Month.  See HERE.

Photo courtesy of Motorcycle Rider News.

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jp_gardenAs many of you know I’ve been on lock-down for much of October and posted few articles onto the blog.  Candidly, I experienced few withdrawal pains once I stopped constantly checking my iPhone for comments.

I waded through the good, the bad and the ugly during my semi-hiatus and debated whether to continue blogging or not.  I thought a lot about announcing retirement due to other responsibilities and the relentless pace needed to create fresh material for the hundreds of readers who visit the site each day.  Those of you who do blog know it is a challenge to have a mix of thoughtful, intelligent material on one hand and snarky, tongue-n-cheek on the other.  I plan to continue posting original material regularly, but it will not be as abundant.

In a world of motorcycle-based media and social networking I certainly commanded a chunk of the cyberspace, but the negative impact of being plugged into this virtual world is that it’s become perpetually superficial.  So, I’ve dumped the Facebook account and group pages.  I have enough friends.  Twitter might be next, but I’m still assessing what’s helpful about the remaining online activity and what’s a distraction.

You see somewhere along the way I think it just got the point where I couldn’t even hear my own voice over the din.  Instead of riding more, dreaming of dirt bikes and trying to eat well I was just waking up to more white hairs… as the noise gets louder, you pull the trigger, push, push,… twist and shout in this huge virtual conversation.

I’ve committed to blog, but will spend less time online.  Instead I’m going to sprint, pedal, paddle, serve, shuffle, shoot, stretch, and strum.  There’s a whole lot more happening than being “plugged” into H-D.  And a good buddy often reminds me that, “Analog beers face-to-face are golden.”

True that!

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