Odds are, you'll see more motorcycles on the road today than you would on a normal business day. Their numbers might not be as high as on a Saturday or Sunday, but still, expect to encounter more of them.
It's National Ride to Work Day for motorcyclists, when two- and three-wheelers are in the spotlight. It's also a time for drivers of all vehicles to remember to pay attention and be safe.
“National Ride to Work Day illustrates the growing number of motorcyclists on our streets and how important it is for drivers of all types of vehicles to share the road,” Kevin Behrens, administrator/chairman of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education, said last week.
Behrens urged all drivers, including motorcyclists, be aware of the flow on the busy morning and afternoon traffic routes.
The director of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, Garry Thomas, added:
“We encourage all bikers to take advantage of training opportunities and be ‘geared up, trained up, ready to ride,'” he said.
The third Monday each June is designated Ride to Work Day. These days help show the large number of motorcyclists who work in communities throughout the country, as well as the possible economic and social benefits of motorcycling.
The latest numbers available, from 2012, show 127,679 motorcycles registered statewide in Oklahoma, officials at the Oklahoma Tax Commission said.
Numbers of those who own and/or ride motorcycles have increased as fuel costs have risen. Safety officials note that the popularity of these vehicles translates to other facts.
“Motorcycles are smaller and more difficult to see, so the OHSO urges drivers to look out for motorcycles,” Behrens said. “All drivers and riders need to be aware and to be courteous.”
It takes both sides.
By the way …
Know the laws relating to motorcycles, from equipment to driving situations by enrolling in a motorcycle safety course, as well as checking out the Oklahoma Motorcycle Operator handbook available from your local tag agent, or the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.