ABATE of Wisconsin


May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month and Bikers Demand Respect…

But…Respect is a Two-Way Street

Respect: Give it, Get it.Motorcyclists depend on respect as a way to protect themselves when they ride; their lives depend on it. But there’s no special treatment just for them, all drivers should be courteous to those they share the road with. Then, and only then, can we cut down on crashes and fatalities on our state roads and save lives.

There are several ways that drivers can be aware of motorcycles on the road. They are:

  • Make sure to use your mirrors and check your blind spots for motorcycles and other vehicles. Before making a turn or changing lanes, or pulling out from a stop, look and look again. Remember: motorcycles are smaller and appear farther away than they are.
  • When driving near a motorcycle, let them have full use of their lane of traffic and don’t follow too close in case the motorcyclist has to stop quickly. All motorists are urged to make sure they use their turn signals changing lanes and direction.
  • Never, EVER drive distracted or under the influence. Your distraction or impairment could literally cost someone their life.

But…Motorcyclists need to remain aware as well!

  • When riding in groups, allow other vehicles to merge whenever possible; sometimes it can’t be avoided so be courteous and let them in.
  • Give other vehicles the room they need and deserve, try and stay out of their blind spot.
  • Obey speed limits, street signs and use your turn signals at all times.
  • Ride within your limits. Never, EVER ride under the influence.
  • Remember you have neighbors and share the community with others. You may like the way your ride sounds, but your neighbor may not especially if woken up. Use throttle management to lessen noise levels.

For more information about ABATE of Wisconsin, please visit www.abatewis.org

ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) is a bi-partisan grass roots organization with a goal to give the motorcyclists of Wisconsin a strong, united voice with regard to their future, their way of life, their safety and their legal rights as motorcyclists and citizens.

ABATE of Wisconsin, Inc., 438 N. Water St, Black River Falls, WI 54615