For several years motorcycle enthusiasts on the Kenai Peninsula through the efforts of organizations like Alaska Bikers Advocating Training & Education (ABATE), Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Women on Wheels (WOW), have come together to change the image of motorcycling and promote safety for riders. Additionally, these groups have held major fundraisers for charitable causes and provided community services in various ways.
At last weeks Borough Assembly meeting, Mayor Bagley continued the tradition of proclaiming the month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. "The biggest thing is to raise the awareness that we are trying to be safe, we take motorcycle safety courses, and we want the motorists around us to be safe as well, so it's about our safety and their safety too," said Barbara Waters, Chairperson of the local Soaring Eagles chapter of Women on Wheels.
In his proclamation Mayor Bagley said, "Motorcycles are energy efficient vehicles that conserve, fuel. Motorcycles are increasingly used as a mode of transportation for commuting, touring, and recreation . Motorcyclists everywhere face a constant threat to personal safety caused, in part, by lack of alertness on the part of the driving public. I urge all residents to drive safely, exercise extreme caution to reduce accidents and casualties this summer, and to remain sensitive to the increasing number of motorcycles on the roads."
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