Marta Bernbaum

Don’t quit riding motorcycles — educate drivers instead

I am a motorcycle rider, and have been one on and off for 20 years. When I first started riding, car drivers didn't have the distraction of smartphones, but motorcyclists still had to worry about distracted drivers and/or drivers just not looking out for motorcycles.

I agree with almost everything that T. Breeze Verdant writes up until “I encourage people to stop riding and to encourage others to quit as well.”

Look, it's always been more dangerous to ride a motorcycle on public roads than it has been to be in an automobile, perhaps more so now with the added technological distractions.

But I feel a better response than the author's campaign to get people to “quit” loving to ride their motorcycles would be to continue encouraging folks to keep their hands and eyes off their mobile devices while driving, to keep instructing teenage drivers from the start as to why and how that's unsafe, to urge riders to wear proper safety gear (that means full coverage head-to-toe!) and, lastly, to keep reminding car and truck drivers to be aware of other vehicles that share the roads (including bicycles).

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