Colorado Rider News has all the events that are happening in Denver and surrounding area. Be sure to put some of these dates on your calendar now that the mask mandate has been lifted.
By Andrea Clarke
So I’m sure a lot have you had heard that my friend Marne got into a very bad motorcycle accident on Saturday April 10th 2021. As a result she sustained severe brain damage on the left side of her brain, a broken collarbone and damage to her kidney. She was put into an induced coma for approximately 5 days, at that point she took another 3 days to become a bit more awake. We don’t know what the outcome will be for her and what her quality of life will be yet, it takes a very long time. A few of us put together a candlelight vigil about a week after her accident to send her prayers, white healing light and positive vibrations. We also are in the process of raising money for her.
The vigil raised about $5,000 and the GoFundMe has raised over $8,000. I was overwhelmed by the love and support at the vigil held at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse. The amount of hugs I personally received was amazing. Thank you all so much.
As I’m sure you all know insurance covers only so much, next week the doctors are most likely going to put her in a long-term care facility where her rehab will continue. She has a tracheotomy and a feeding tube so they want to try and wean her off of the tracheotomy slowly. Marne is a strong and fiery woman, she is fiercely independent and one of the most giving and compassionate humans I have met. I miss my girl. She needs all our prayers right now.
I will give you all her GoFundMe information so please do whatever you’re comfortable with to help her no amount is too small. We are also selling #marnestrong t-shirts to raise money. You can contact myself or Nathan through our emails, addresses will be below.
Thanks again to everyone that has helped out and has kept her in your prayers daily please continue it as she will be needing it for a long road ahead of her.
April 29, 2021 – Statewide Traffic Safety – 2020 was Colorado’s deadliest year on record for motorcyclists
STATEWIDE – On the heels of the deadliest year on record for motorcyclists, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a new campaign aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe. May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which coincides with the beginning of the riding season in the state.
Last year, there were 137 motorcyclists killed on Colorado roadways, more than any year on record, and a 33 percent increase from 2019 when there were 103 motorcyclists killed. Although motorcycles are only 3 percent of the registered vehicles in the state, they made up 22 percent of the traffic fatalities in 2020.
“The research and data show helmet use as the most important factor in the survivability of a motorcycle crash,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “Head injuries are common in these crashes. So, whether you are riding around town or cross country, we encourage riders to always wear a helmet.”
New data shows that 52 percent of motorcycle riders killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 83 motorcyclists’ lives could have been saved in Colorado between 2015-2017 if all riders had worn helmets. Instead, there were 334 motorcyclists were killed during that period, most not wearing helmets.
“Motorcycle ownership requires great responsibility from riders with skill and gear as key ingredients,” stated Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Whether this is your first season or your fifteenth, you will enjoy the ride more as a safer, more confident rider. Don’t be content with just passing the training required for the issuance of your license, add to your knowledge and skills for advanced mastery of your motorcycle.” The Colorado State Patrol can help riders develop new skills through the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST). For more information, visit www.comost.com.
In May, CDOT will launch the new Aftermath campaign to underscore the importance of wearing a helmet. The campaign will dispel misconceptions about wearing a helmet, such as they are too restrictive, by showing the devastating consequences of not wearing one. The campaign will run across the state on billboards and on social media. Some of the images used in the campaign are here.
CDOT also reminds drivers of cars and trucks to use caution around motorcycles. This includes carefully checking blind spots and using extra caution at intersections since motorcycles can be hard to see. In addition, it is advised that drivers never follow motorcycles too closely since a motorcyclist can stop more quickly than a car.
In addition to wearing helmets, riders should do the following to stay safe on Colorado roads:
- Get a license endorsement.
- Getting a motorcycle license endorsement keeps the motorcyclist in compliance with state law and verifies the motorcyclist has the basic skills to operate a motorcycle on a roadway.
- Wear proper gear.
- Proper gear includes a helmet, boots that cover the ankles, riding pants and jacket, gloves and eye protection.
- Receive professional training.
- All motorcyclists should receive professional training. Long time riders are encouraged go to training classes for a refresher every few years.
- Follow all traffic laws.
- All motorcyclists are required to follow the rules of the road. In Colorado, lane splitting is illegal.
- Ride sober.
- Even one drink can decrease reaction times, coordination, vision, judgement and concentration, all of which are crucial when operating a motorcycle.
Editor’s Note: Colorado Rider News believes that motorcycle safety gear is a choice that all motorcycle riders should have and is not endorsing the use of helmets when you ride. As a rider myself, I made a choice in 2019 to begin to wear a helmet every time I ride. Laurie Montoya, Editor and Publisher of Colorado Rider News.
Last month, in a move which seems both wildly irresponsible and perfectly on-brand for the state of Florida, city commissioners in Daytona Beach voted to allow the city’s annual Bike Week to proceed — almost — as planned. While there will be some restrictions in place, businesses who have not applied for outdoor permits will be free to operate at 100 percent capacity. Businesses which have outdoor permits will be able to operate at 60 percent interior capacity.
The new limits are essentially a workaround, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order barring local jurisdictions from instituting any restrictions on the occupancy of restaurants or bars. As Mayor Derrick Henry wrote in a recent editorial for the Daytona Beach News Journal, the outdoor permits were the “only leverage available to the city.”
So, while the bars will be slightly less full than normal, there will still be plenty of concerts, street vendors, and booze-fueled partying happening for a 10-day period in March.
Right now, we cannot know exactly how many people will make the trip down to the Sunshine State for the 80th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week. But the event generally attracts about 500,000 people, which is not all that far off from another number.
Dayton has taken the same approach as Sturgis did in August, which is to continue with their events and take all the necessary precautions. Social distancing will be suggested, but not enforced, hand sanitizers and masks may become the new normal.
Even with the economy at its current level, the fact that Daytona Bike Week is not being cancelled is a blessing and gives riders desperately searching for a warm rally destination a place to GO!
Florida currently has no mandatory mask mandate and restaurants, and schools are open at 100%. However, local municipalities may have their own mandates, so we would suggest that you always keep your mask readily available and continue to practice social responsibility.
Most importantly….HAVE FUN and JUST RIDE!
Let’s get together and celebrate this globally synchronized “JUST RIDE!”© day, for women created by Vicki Gray to bring awareness to the “cultural, social and active lifestyles of women who ride and enjoy motorcycling.”
Colorado Rider News and Cool Biker Lunch & Rides invite all women riders to join them on Saturday, May 1st @ 9 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Littleton. There will be a 100-mile scenic ride! Kickstands up at 10 a.m. After the ride, the celebrations will begin at Rocky Mountain HD where women vendors, music, and great games and prizes will be available for everyone.
Pre-registration is 20.00 per rider and includes an event t-shirt. Registration is $25.00 the day of the event, so we encourage everyone to register early.
All funds raised will go to COVID relief (local food banks and #2wheels4meals) to help our community. Our community is still suffering as this pandemic is declining, these food banks are dedicated to ensuring everyone has the food they need during this period of financial hardship.
Mark your calendar and don’t miss this unforgettable women’s empowerment gathering! Spread the word to your lady biker friends that it’s time for all of the women to get connected, reach out, and lift up each other.
“IFRD provides a platform for women motorcycle riders to bond with other women, to meet and find like-minded women who ride and develop friendships with which to enjoy and advance motorcycling!” – Vicki Gray, Founder
IFRD has deemed the first Saturday in May each year the most important day of the year for a women’s ride to highlight the following:
- Highlight the number of women who ride.
- Encourage other women to take up the activity.
- Raise awareness about women’s equality in motorsports; and lastly
- Celebrate women’s advancement in motorsports and powersports.
Sponsored by Rider Justice, Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson, Colorado Rider News, and Cool Biker Lunch and Rides
By: Belt Drive Betty
Across Canada and across the province I live in, Alberta we are pretty much sick to death of COVID 19 and any discussion or rules around it.
- Everyone has cabin fear on steroids.
- Everyone is planning on doing SOMETHING this year international borders open or not.
The rise in the number of groups on Facebook and Instagram centered around travel and tourism whether on motorcycles or in hot rods bares out what I say.
The Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association is planning an economic rebound event called Rumble Alberta.
- It has 44 on road touring routes, 12 off road – on road routes.
- Each route offers specials, discounts, swag, the chance to earn points to win prizes.
They all feature a variety of challenges like selfies, geo-caches, scavenger hunts and more.
In total we touch over 400 RURAL communities and have hundreds of partnerships forming.
Every rider and driver who buys an event pass is invited to choose a charity or non-profit of their choice from our list of guided giving opportunities. We are supporting The Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, Search and Rescue Alberta, Rural Ride for Dad and more.
So many people think that rural Alberta has little to offer, in fact, it has so much to do and see and discover that a route that normally takes 4 hours to drive can become an 8-to-12-hour exploration journey!
Our caption is “See Alberta Through the Eyes of a Tourist”.
There are some interesting and quirky things to see all over Alberta, let us help you find them! www.rumblealberta.com
One of the primary goals of Hornbuckle Foundation is to collaborate and work together with other Recovery Community Organizations and non-profits. Monarch Sober Living played a pivotal role in the success of the Hornbuckle Foundation’s sober living placement and recovery coaching program. With their experience, they helped fine tune a dream and turn it into a successful reality, by providing guidance and teamwork.
We were approached by Rider Justice with an idea to bring meals to sober living houses through 2Wheels4Meals. The Hornbuckle Foundation had dreamed of being able to do an event like this for the last year, and 2Wheels4Meals made it happen!
Residents of sober living are near and dear to our hearts. They are working toward achieving long-term sobriety. This journey is not for the faint of heart! Many bridges have been burned, reputations destroyed, and it can be a long road to getting back on the right track. With COVID happening, isolation has wreaked havoc on the world. This event brought people together and was a reminder that they are not alone; that the community cares about their intrinsic value and worth. They’re worth some amazing, gourmet Italian food- worth the effort to be blessed. I loved what Laurie said the best, “We see you and we are proud of you.” So many people don’t get to hear that very often, even those not in recovery. It was a special day to be a part of. We are grateful and humbled to be chosen to play our small part.
A few weeks ago, Lo Becker of The Becker Band and the Cool Biker Lunch and Rides group organized their first poker run ever, and it was a success!! It was to support the local biker bars who struggled during the pandemic! They raised over $1500.00. The poker winner, Lissa Stauff, won with a full house $680.00, and the worst hand went to Skip Hohnhorst who received $50.00. The rest of the proceeds were equally split among the participating bars:
The event received rave reviews, and the most popular comment was that it was a self-guided poker run, which means the players went to the venues at their own pace, but within the designated time frames to get their cards. They also had over 30 desired raffle prizes donated by Cycle Gear, Coyote Motorsports, Bitchn Stitchn, Avalanche Harley, Mile High Harley, The Last Stand Tavern, Wondervu Cafe, Two Bears, FireFly Saloon, and In the Zone.
The organizers would like to give a shout out to all of the volunteers who worked so hard that day and had a blast while doing so: Ronni Becker, Moon Angell, Babette Canacari, Dena Gonzales, Michele Tusi, Karen Mathiasen, Joe Dory, Tom Pearson, Nanette Rice, Wendy Lamm, Tess, Donna, Ken Cornell, and to Ed Collins for being their poker expert and auditor. They could not have done this without you all!
Thank you all for attending and supporting this important cause. It is great to learn that our biker community supports our local small businesses. There is a rumor that this biker bar support poker run will be bi-annually, so look out for it in the spring.
2020 has been a difficult year, even for motorcyclists on Colorado roadways. With fatal motorcycle crashes up 12% over last year, a new partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Grease Monkey is addressing this concerning trend by reminding motorists to watch for motorcyclists.
“Since January Colorado has seen a startling increase in motorcyclist fatalities and the state is expected to exceed the number of fatalities from last year,” said Darrell Lingk, CDOT Director of the Office of Transportation Safety. “With the fall riding season approaching and many riders currently enjoying the warm weather, we are urging drivers to use caution and be aware of motorcyclists. Drivers, please remember to look twice and save a life.”
As a reminder to watch for motorcycles, Grease Monkey will be placing safety stickers on vehicles receiving oil changes at 64 Grease Monkey locations throughout Colorado. There will be 60,000 window stickers distributed over the next two months to all drivers getting their oil changed.
“Grease Monkey hopes getting this message out will help save a life,” said Wes Stephenson, president and chief operations officer for Grease Monkey. “As a motorcyclist myself, safety on Colorado’s roadways is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone needs to do their part to make the roads a safe place to drive and ride.”
With the launch of the new campaign also comes the debut of a CDOT vehicle wrapped with a safety message. The eye-catching visual depicts a motorcycle crash in which the motorcyclists is thrown from his bike. The CDOT fleet car will be seen driving throughout the Denver metro area over the next two months.
CDOT reminds drivers to be more aware of motorcycles and suggest drivers:
Check blind spots.
Since motorcycles are much smaller than cars, it is easy for them to get lost in blind spots. Before making any lane changes, thoroughly check all blind spots and use traffic signals.
When making lane changes, turns, merging and other traffic changes, check twice to save a life.
Use extra caution when turning left.
Motorcycles are smaller which makes it hard for drivers to determine their speed accurately. When making left turns, look carefully for motorcyclists as the eye is not trained to detect them, then take the time to more accurately gauge their speed before entering the intersection.
Never follow motorcyclists too closely.
Motorcycles and their riders can slow down quicker than cars. Giving riders more space than a car ensures that drivers have enough time to slow or stop.
Eliminate distractions while driving.
Being mindful and aware of driving situations, changes on the roadways and other unexpected incidents increases the safety for drivers and motorcyclists.
“My son, Nick, was killed by a driver who made a left turn in front of my son on his bike,” said Debby Uberecken-Standard, who lost her son in 2014. “As a mother, driver and Colorado resident, please always look twice. Motorcyclists are not as protected as drivers and can be hard to spot. Look twice and save someone’s life.”
Facts and Statistics:
- To date there have been 100 motorcycle fatalities in 2020. This is up 12% from 89 at the same time last year.
- In 2019 there was a total of 103 motorcycle fatalities.
- Motorcyclists make up 23% of all deaths on Colorado roadways yet represent just 3% of the vehicles.
- Of the 100 motorcyclist deaths in 2020, the following counties are noteworthy:
- The top three counties with the most motorcycle deaths are El Paso (17 fatalities), Adams (nine fatalities), and Jefferson (nine fatalities).
- Northern Colorado – Larimer and Weld Counties have both had seven fatalities each.
- Southern Colorado – El Paso has had 17 fatalities and Pueblo has had seven fatalities.
- Western Slope – Mesa County has had six fatalities. Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Montrose and Rio Blanco have each had one fatality.
In addition to the window decals and CDOT fleet vehicle, Grease Monkey will also be placing motorcycle information in stores across the state while CDOT will be posting on social channels and running radio ads across Colorado to spread the message.
CDOT motorcycle safety efforts are part of CDOT’s Whole System – Whole Safety campaign which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries and “Bring everyone home safely.”
By Don Enninga
- 191,403 registered motorcycles in Colorado in 2019
- 1965 motorcycle crashes in 2019
- 1361 motorcycle injury crashes in 2019
- 96 motorcycle fatal crashes in 2019
- 1022 motorcycle crashes were non intersection in 2019
- 595 motorcycle crashes were intersection related in 2019
We don’t really think of motorcycling in terms of numbers like these. We tend to see what we enjoy as living in our own little bubble until reality hits us in the face. Now, reality can be in the form of being involved in a crash or witnessing one. Hopefully you have not experienced either one but the truth of the matter is that you probably will in your riding career.
There has been way too many reports of motorcycle crashes in 2020 and far too many serious injuries and death. The latest one I saw in the news was an Aurora Police Department off duty officer that died in an intersection crash when a driver failed to yield the right of way and turned left in front of her at an intersection. We all need to watch out for motorcycles when driving as they have a very small “footprint” on the highway. I have had instances in my own life where I almost failed to see someone riding a motorcycle so I work constantly to make sure I look twice to save a life!
When the unthinkable crash happens, how do you react? Do you provide care? How will that look? What is safe, what will put you in danger?
Taking an Accident Scene Management course can provide you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and do the best you can in a tough situation. Avoiding being hurt or killed and keeping the victim and those around you safe is kind of important! Look around: What will harm or kill you? Scene safety is just one of many valuable skills offered in the ASM Bystander Assistance course.
Imagine this if you will: It’s a great day for a ride and you with several friends have put on a couple hundred miles when a deer vaults out of the trees into one of the motorcycles who was 20 yards in front of you. The impact is on the front end of the bike causing the rider, who has leathers and a helmet on, to be thrown violently onto the pavement and skid down the highway stopping in the middle of the road. You are able to hit the brakes, avoid the motorcycle and deer and stop in time to avoid running into the rider who is lying motionless. You have thought about taking some kind of first aid or maybe an Accident Scene Management class but have not “taken the time”.
If this picture strikes a nerve or you feel a bit rusty on trauma skills you may have learned at some point in the past, then it’s time to act, find an Accident Scene Management class and learn the skills you need to manage a motorcycle crash scene. The $85 cost of a class is a small price to be able to feel confident and manage a situation that calls for calm thinking and decisive action for the best outcome. In Colorado, there have been and will be opportunities to take an ASM class that is sponsored by Scott O’Sullivan from Rider Justice and BikerDown. Both of these great organizations have dedicated the resources needed to help motorcyclists get the training to properly manage the injured rider on a crash scene. The best part is their sponsorship will reduce the cost to you by half or more depending on the class and location.
It’s been great to have bikes back on the road but that does increase the chances of crashes and injury. With the Covid 19 virus and the restrictions on contact, wearing of masks, smaller class sizes and issues with appropriate venue size for classes to allow for social distancing, planning of classes is more difficult but not impossible. Contact Rider Justice, BikerDown or myself and we will be happy to schedule a class for you and your group. Even though 2020 quickly turned upside down, here’s to life getting back to the point of normal, whatever that will be and we are able to provide you, the motorcycling community, with the tools necessary to react and treat the biker who has crashed.
Ride free and ride safe!
* 2019 Most report