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May is Motorcycle Awareness month and a time for ALL RIDERS to work to get the awareness out to the driving community. Yesterday I was asked to participate in a CDOT campaign focused on helmet use by riders. Riding will always be about Freedom of the Ride, and individual choice, but it is clear that we riders cannot STOP drivers from driving distracted, we cannot STOP drivers from texting & driving.
While listening to the speakers, I was overwhelmed to hear that motorcycle fatalities were up 33%. That means in real numbers that 137 motorcycle riders died on their bikes in 2020, up from 103 the previous year. This is the largest number of motorcycle fatalities EVER in the state of Colorado.
I began to wonder as I was standing there, what can I do when I get on the bike and go out for a ride to ensure that I get home safe or survive if I get into an accident and the answer that kept coming into my mind was WEAR MY HELMET each time I ride.
This will not be the answer that many will want to hear, but the reality is that I have a family to come home to, I am a wife, mother and grandmother who wants to see my grandchildren grow up. I will make the PLEDGE today to never get on my bike without putting my safety gear on to give me a better chance of surviving in the event of an accident.
I am pleased to announce that Colorado Rider News will be working with BikerDown and Rider Justice to implement a helmet giveaway each month to those that might not be able to afford a new helmet or would like to upgrade to a better helmet. See the ad in this issue of CRN to learn how you sign up for a chance to win a new helmet! Rider Justice will also work with Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson to size and evaluate the type of helmet a rider wants to ride with. We thank all of the sponsors of this program.
4 years ago, Colorado Rider News was launched because our community had lost 2 of our publications in Colorado devoted to motorcycle riding. Publishing this publication isn’t easy and takes tremendous commitment. CRN with the help of many of our advertisers has grown in distribution and our success is because we have focused on biker owned businesses and all things Colorado.
We will premiering Motorcycle Rider News in the Las Vegas community in June of this year to continue that message and giving Vegas motorcycle riders a voice in the community. Wish us Luck!
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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.
Mark Beluscak, Lead Instructor Accident Scene Management
Motorcycle safety is a subject some of us in the motorcycle community take very seriously. I remember approximately a year and a half ago I was on a long motorcycle round trip out to the Kansas City area and back. I do not remember who I was riding with, but we were on the way back on Westbound Hwy 36 near Last Chance. A member of our group riding near the back probably fell asleep or was blinded by the setting sun. The group leader was not keeping a steady pace and as the rest of us were slowing, he did not. He came up through the middle of the pack going at least 50 miles an hour. He glanced a friend of mine but solidly hit his own wife riding near the front of the group. Her bike went off into the ditch on the right side of the road and she landed solidly on the pavement. I was the second to last motorcycle and to my horror, I saw the entire thing.
In this situation, would you be ready and willing to help your fellow motorcyclist? There IS a class you can take that tells you what to do if you are at the scene of a motorcycle accident before EMS arrives. Accident Scene Management 100, presented through local instructors (like me) prepares you for these situations. The training includes such topics as how to perform rescue breathing without moving the injured party and helmet removal only when necessary.
Let’s get back to the reason for this article. When the accident happened, several people came by to offer assistance. One of these people was a local EMT who professed to know a lot about motorcycle accidents, and I initially welcomed his help while we waited for EMS to arrive. Almost immediately he began to suggest we move the injured party into his vehicle and give her water and a snack. I remembered from my training that we give NOTHING to an injured party prior to EMS arrival in the way of food or water. If there are injuries requiring surgery, food or water in the stomach can complicate this. Also, we NEVER move an injured party prior to EMS arrival unless necessary (to get them away from more danger like a burning motorcycle). IF there are serious injuries present and we move an injured party, then we have probably made those injuries worse. I was able to politely tell this volunteer EMT that we shouldn’t do these things and luckily, he agreed. In the end we were ALL lucky because my friend was NOT seriously hurt. Both bikes were totaled but both my friend and her husband are riding again! Fortunately, we were all wearing our helmets and leathers.
Accident Scene Management 100, CPR and First Aid are all being offered through the Rocky Mountain Public Safety Training Group (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are interested in taking any one of these classes I would love to hear from you. The classes can be offered at your location or one can be arranged.
To review and prior to EMS arrival …
- Do not move injured parties unless it is necessary to prevent further injury.
- Give injured parties nothing by mouth including water.
-Mark Beluscak has served the public as a firefighter, EMT, and other public safety professions. He is an active rider in his local chapter of the Harley Owners Group (Mile High 3615) and Blue Knights (CO1). He has a bachelor’s degree in education and loves to teach. When not teaching classes, he rides his 2018 Harley Davidson Road King which has provided Mark nearly 20,000 miles of wind therapy.
It’s April! Already, warm days have peeked into our tumultuous Colorado weather, bringing 70s in March… then whomping us with a record-setting blizzard. From my law office on 6th Avenue and Ogden, I have already noticed an uptick in motorcycle traffic and, for me, it’s like a harbinger of spring!
Before I get into my spring “get-ready-to-ride-safely” checklist, I want to answer a question that I recently received from a rider buddy. He and I were chatting at Dirty Dogs Roadhouse and I thought I should address it in an article.
Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Occur in Colorado?
I often get asked about the most dangerous intersections in Denver however, when analyzing where most motorcycle accidents happen, I have to say that it’s very similar to where most auto accidents occur: intersections. And the number-one cause of motorcycle accidents is left-hand turns in front of oncoming traffic.
All too often, cars underestimate how fast motorcycles are traveling and pull out in front of them when taking a left-hand turn. Or, auto drivers maintain that they never saw the motorcycle coming. Of course, in both of these types of accidents, the auto driver is at fault. But that does little to soothe the victims or the victims’ families, whose lives may have been completely ruined.
You need to ride defensively and behave as if you think no one can see you. When you are approaching an intersection, use caution.
Another place where most motorcycle accidents occur in Colorado is on highways and open roads. This is because of the high speeds. Motorcyclists get a bad rap for being speed demons (and we’ve all seen the riders who give us this reputation), but most of the riders I know are responsible and law-abiding. However, even when a motorcyclist is traveling at the speed limit, highway speeds are very high and crashes at those speeds are generally tragic for bikers.
As Mike Douglass of the Aurora Police Department said in a recent Westword article:
“When you have highways or roadways that allow for higher speeds, a car does a better job of protecting people. You have seat belts, closed passenger compartments and a lot more body and weight to help protect the occupants. And with motorcyclists, you can have the unintended consequence of the rider coming off the bike.”
So, the two places that motorcycle accidents occur the most are intersections and highways. Please be vigilant and ride defensively anywhere you ride, but especially when approaching an intersection or on a highway.
Get Ready to Ride Your Motorcycle This Spring!
OK, now that the tough stuff is out of the way, let’s focus on the fun stuff: getting your bike out for the warm weather! I want to remind you to do one thing that is super important before you even ride around the block: turn your motorcycle insurance back on if you turned it off last fall.
All too often, I meet injured riders who “just took it out for a spin” on the first warm day and didn’t switch their insurance on. They are left with huge medical bills and sometimes can’t even work due to injuries.
What about the other guy’s insurance, you ask? Very often, the “other guy” doesn’t have insurance or is underinsured. You have to protect yourself.
So, before you ride… call your insurance agent and turn that policy on today. We’ve already had beautiful days and you know the itch to ride is growing. Do it now so that you can hop on your bike when those temps start climbing again.
Rider Up! Share This Video on Your Social Media Channels
Finally, let’s make sure the rest of the world is ready to SEE us and PROTECT us this spring! In 2019, Rider Justice launched a campaign that we call Rider Up! It’s a game that challenges car passengers to be the first to spot a motorcyclist and yell its location in relation to the car. The player who spots and yells first is the winner. The goal is to have auto passengers help drivers locate nearby bikers, and to also train future drivers to look for and see motorcyclists on the road.
Check it out at riderjustice.com. Please help us get the word out now that the daffodils are emerging and the motorcycle engines are revving.
Hope to see you soon at a Rider Justice event!
BikerDown Foundation’s mission is always to help injured motorcycle riders. A large part of that mission is getting out motorcycle awareness, distracted driving in all its forms including driver’s using hand held mobile devices and texting and driving.
Every year our community suffers many accidents due to careless drivers. To continue to support our mission, BikerDown has created these motorycle helmet or vehicle stickers with a very strong message. GET OFF THE F**CKIN PHONE!
BikerDown just released some new awareness t-shirts that they hope the community will purchase to support BikerDown. You can purchase them on our website store
BikerDown Foundation runs on the generosity of the biker community. If you know of someone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please do a help request on their website www.bikerdown.org
By: Don Enninga, ABATE of Colorado Northeast Regional Coordinator
Here’s what the Colorado Department of Transportation found out from their recent survey of Colorado Drivers. There are several items on their survey but this article is focusing on issues that have a primary impact on motorcyclists.
New CDOT survey reveals risky roadway behaviors
Most Coloradans engage in distracted driving and violating posted speed limits
Results from a new statewide driver survey by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) found that nearly all Colorado drivers engage in distracted driving. This is just one of problematic driving behaviors CDOT learned from 897 Coloradans in a survey administered between February and June 2020.
“Over 9 in 10 Coloradans admitted they drove distracted in the last week. Being present behind the wheel can be especially hard with all of the pressures people are under right now with the challenges we face with the COVID-19. Unfortunately, distracted and impaired driving are contributing to a tragic pattern of increased roadway fatality rates in the past months.
Some key findings from the survey include:
- In the seven days prior to the survey, 92% of respondents reported driving distracted. Of things people did most often, eating food and drinking beverages tops the list (32%) of distraction behaviors. Selecting entertainment on a handheld device (21%) and talking on a hands-free cell phone (18%) were the second and third most common distractions.
- While 69% of respondents strongly disagreed that they could drive safely under the influence of alcohol, fewer people strongly disagreed that they could drive safely under the influence of cannabis (57%) or prescription medications excluding cannabis (50%).
In 2018, there were 632 traffic fatalities in Colorado. Nearly 25% of all fatalities involved an alcohol impaired driver.
Distracted driving was the contributing factor in 54 (8.5%) of the 2018 fatalities.
What can we do?
Distracted driving crashes have a devastating and quite often deadly result for motorcyclists when vehicle operators are not paying attention to the very serious task of controlling their vehicle. This is a battle that the motorcycling community has been engaging in for several years by promoting awareness campaigns and working with legislators to come up with an acceptable distracted driving bill that will help protect vulnerable road users. Unfortunately, each year a bill has been introduced, it has met with defeat. The 2020 Colorado State legislative session was rudely interrupted by the China virus or the distracted driving bill that was put forward would have had a fairly good chance to make it through to become law. This was one of the bills that got put aside once the legislature did get back to work.
There is discussion about bringing a similar bill up in the next Colorado legislative session. I would hope that all motorcyclists would get engaged with their legislators should a distracted driving bill become a reality again. I find it interesting, at the very least, that motorcyclists in Colorado seem to have a lot of trouble coming together on issues that affect us all. There have been instances where several groups have been able to work on issues such as the distracted driving bills but there are many more groups that need to be engaged in these important discussions. As we work to improve the lives of all who ride, take the time and energy to become involved, make your voice heard and let those who legislate know we are here and not going anywhere! Until next time, have a great fall, ride safe and enjoy your life in this great state!
The full 2020 survey results are available on CDOT’s website at:
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!
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Slow Speed Motorcycle Skills Handling for ALL Riders.
When someone hears “slow speed precision riding” the topic instantly brings to mind the finely tuned skills of our Country’s Motor Officers zipping through seemingly impossible curves at extreme angles at unbelievable speeds, in a seemingly endless sea of traffic cones; which usually provokes a sense of wonder and amazement at what can be done with a motorcycle in skilled hands. Many of us look on wistfully, sometimes secretly wishing we could ride like that. Others are dismissive, feeling there is no real-world use for such maneuvers on a bike.
The fact of the matter is that none of us ride motorcycles because they are safe. All of us can ride; not all of us can ride extremely well. The necessary instruction can be prohibitively expensive; and not everyone learns at the same pace. Many of us need some extra help. I would always recommend that everyone pony up and take one of the many available Advanced Classes in Colorado; but what happens after that? One weekend of a skills classes a month is insufficient to instill the ideals and professional teachings you can learn at one of these classes. Riding skill is perishable and must be nurtured in a positive way, unlearning bad habits and cementing new ones in our skills repertoire, which will only happen with repetitive practice of whatever it is we need to learn.
Bucks FUNday Motorcycle Practice (BFD) in Lakewood CO was created to bridge this skills gap. The idea was to create an arena, an outlet, where riders of all skill levels can meet up regularly to practice what they know, build on their existing skillsets and foster an intimate relationship with their motorcycle, giving them the confidence and tools to progress to their next level, their next Class, and rinse and repeat. Practicing will save your life; your safety and capabilities on the roadway depend on you knowing what it is you need to do, and effortlessly being able to perform it, often in matter of microseconds. As skills are put through the repetitive wringer, they become muscle memory and second nature, freeing our minds to more efficiently process what is happening around us and dealing with emergencies without the burden of “what do I need my bike to do, right NOW?”
BFD hosts a weekly free and open, semi-structured arena that is dedicated to the practice and discipline of Slow Speed Motorcycle Skills Handling, braking, and evasive maneuvers, for all bikes and all riders. In its two years of operation, Buck Lynn and Christy Tyo have been fortunate to be able to assist several hundred riders improve their skills and confidence at slow speeds. They have nurtured and built relationships resulting in the distinct advantage of a nationwide support system through the National Civilian Motorcycle Competition Network, Motorcycle Skills USA, and the Skilled Motorcycle Riders Association, that consists of many of our Nations finest Motor Officers and Civilian Riders and Expert Instructors, all of whom share their passion for Motorcycle Skills and Safety and often lend their knowledge and critiques, all in this National group effort to spread the skills, enable relationships, and produce Safer Riders.
Locally BFD is proud to work to foster training relationships with the local Denver Grom Squad, and the Canyon Riders Association as well as several local Police and Sheriff Departments, resulting in a delicious smorgasbord of cross training, enhancing the all-around skills of a vast, diverse selection of riders.
MCRider ™ said it best when he said that it doesn’t matter how many times you succeed or fail in Practice; out on the road it most certainly does; life is often a game of inches, and Skilled Riding is ALWAYS a game of inches. In your practice, the error on one gate makes it impossible to succeed at the next. Out on the road, the inch you needed to avoid an accident (THAT gate) was offered to you a few seconds ago. As riders we must learn to recognize these inches and scrape and claw for them because on the Practice Range those inches mean the difference between success and failure; but out on the road, they mean the difference between life and death. Out there, the consequence is greater.
You can find Bucks FUNday in Lakewood in one of two locations, every week, year-round, if its above 40 degrees and there is no snow on the ground. They try to avoid inclement weather, but they do practice in that, too. Visiting BucksFUNday.com will direct you the FB Page and Group where much of their current schedule and training information can be found. Their Practice is free, regular, and completely accommodating and customizable to all skill levels of already-endorsed riders. They only require that you wear a helmet. Full gear is encouraged. Show up anytime for an hour, or the whole session, and practice whatever it is that troubles you or join us in an exhaustive list of exercises; Bucks FUNday has successfully removed every conceivable barrier to training, and rendered irrelevant the many excuses one may use to NOT become a better rider. All you have to do is show up. Love for the Ride. This is FUNday.