The Sixth Annual North Coast Motorcycle Safety Ride will be held on June 11. This year, the safety ride will include Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. The safety ride was started in 2005 after 10 motorcyclists were killed in Ashtabula County. The ride was designed to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. The safety ride is the result of a partnership between The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Motorcycle Ohio, Safe Communities, and University Hospitals. Proceeds benefit Safe Communities in all five counties.
This year, the ride will feature two starting points, one at Lakeside High School in Ashtabula County, and the other at Harley Davidson Bike Town in Austintown. Both groups will meet at the Mosquito Lake State Park. All riders will then return to Lakeside High School for festivities, safety displays, and food. The entire ride will be escorted by state troopers and local law enforcement officers.
Riders can register the day of the ride at each starting point from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Both groups will depart at 11 a.m. from their respective starting points.
Here are some important steps to become more aware of motorcyclists. Remember, a motorcycle is a motor vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway. Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel. Look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections, when a motorcyclist may be making a left turn, and when a motorcyclist may be changing lanes. Allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving, and do not follow a motorcycle too closely.
A statistical map detailing citations and other motorcycle related information can be found at http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Motorcycle_Bulletin_2011.pdf