Florida Governor Rick Scott Proclaims May 2011 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


Tallahassee, FL,  April 26, 2011 – ABATE of Florida, Inc., Florida’s largest Motorcycle Rights Organization,thanks Rick Scott, Florida’s newest  Governor, for recognizing  the  large  volume of motorcycles operating in Florida, and the safety and awareness concerns surrounding the dangers of motorists sharing the roadways with motorcycles. As has been the case over the last few decades, Florida’s Governor has again proclaimed this May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness month.

The 2011 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Proclamation states:

WHEREAS, Florida’s climate and scenery make motorcycle riding an attraction in the Sunshine State, and riders consider our roadways to be some of the nation’s best for riding.

WHEREAS, motorcycles are increasingly used as a regular means of transportation; and

WHEREAS, the motorcycle is an energy-efficient vehicle that reduces fuel consumption, traffic and parking congestion; and

WHEREAS, the motorcycle is an important form of transportation for commuting, touring and recreation; and

WHEREAS, as a matter of safety, it is necessary to develop appropriate driving habits to handle these vehicles on Florida roadways; and

WHEREAS, more than a million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license; and

WHEREAS, to prevent injuries and deaths on Florida’s roadways, motorcyclists and motorists must be vigilant in their efforts to share the road and ensure the safety of everyone; and

WHEREAS, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month raises public awareness for  a lifetime of safe motorcycle riding

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing May 2011 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

”We welcome you to visit our website and see the many 2011 and past Proclamations from the State of Florida and many cities, towns, and counties throughout Florida.  We hope the  proclamation of May as  Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month will continue to heighten motorists’ awareness of motorcycles on Florida’s roadways.”

When the Handlebars Are in Your Hands

Tina Reeves: American Women Riders

I was asked this question this past weeekend: What would I tell new riders to help keep them safe?

Just because you have that motorcycle endorsement and you have that new bike doesn’t mean you know everything. It’s the beginning of your learning to ride process.

You need to take the time to get acquainted with your motorcycle. Learn your controls and location so that it becomes a natural reaction to use them. Adjust the mirrors for you and always remember that even though you use those mirrors always do a head turn check of traffic before changing lanes.

Always keep scanning ahead and keep your eyes moving. Use your defensive riding skills and expect the unexpected. If you are riding in a group don’t follow so close that you can’t avoid trash or potholes in the road.

Something very important when riding is do not panic. Panic overpowers your ability to make decisions and maintain control. I remember the first time I had to brake quickly. First thing that came to my mind was don’t panic. I can do this and that helped stop me from losing control.

Go out on some low traffic streets or find a empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice and practice some more. It can sound intimidating to a new rider but it will all become second nature after you gain experience and confidence. Respect your motorcycle and be proud that you are doing something that will change your life.

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!

Tina-HarleySkyAngel
American Woman Riders