Cycle safety is everyone’s responsibility

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — Hundreds of motorcyclist revved up their engines for a 100 mile safety run.

Bikers from three counties are taking part in the ninth annual safety ride.
They hope by being out on the road drivers– including themselves will learn something about safety while behind the wheel.

Danny Brothers knows a thing or two about the open road– he’s a truck driver who enjoys trading in big wheels for a motorcycle. He started riding when he was 22.

“I love it,” said Danny Brothers, of Austintown.

He’s extra cautious when he rides his motorcycle– double checking is his standard.

“Always keep your eyes moving back and forth and be very cautious,” said Brothers.

It’s a rule a lot of riders follow. Saturday they took their message on the open road for the ninth annual north coast motorcycle safety run.

State troopers escorted the nearly 100 cyclists from the canfield fairgrounds for the 100 mile run.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, not only the person operating the passenger car but even the people operating the motorcycle,” said Lt. Nakia Hendrix, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“All it takes is somebody to be a little more aware that there are bikes and stuff out there,” said Kellie Durner, of Canfield.

The number of Motorcycle fatalities in Ohio is on the decline. In 2010 there were 168. In 2013, there were 133.
This year there have been less than 30 with two in Mahoning County.

“They’ve been down this year and hopefully that trend continues throughout the year, but several reasons. People are smarter, they’re wearing proper equipment, they’re paying attention,’ said Hendrix.

“The more people see motorcyclists out there the more they’re going to be aware and look twice for them,” said Susan Viars, Mahoning Co. Safe Communities.

Danny Brothers prayed for everyone safety before heading out— Bikers from other counties caught up with them during the ride.

One of the motorcyclists WKBN talked said he thinks this ride is effective and that the message is really getting out there to motorists.

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