Local Motorcycle Riders Host Safety Awareness

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COLUMBIA- Gold Wing Road Rider Association Columbia Chapter W hosted an event to raise awareness for motorcycle safety on Saturday.

Riders gathered and showed off their bikes at Shakespeare's Pizza on Peachtree Drive in Columbia.

Association members passed out bumper stickers and yard signs in hopes of raising rider safety awareness.

"We want to promote awareness for drivers and cars to look both ways and then look again and see motorcycles," said Gold Wing district educator Linda Evans.

Evans said she rides a three wheeled motorcycle, which is a larger bike than most. However, she said most motorcycle accidents occur when vehicle drivers do not see the bike or rider.

Evans said she always advises motorcycle riders to wear a helmet and stay alert while on the road.

Gold Wing Road Riders Association, a national organization, "is recognized as the world's largest single-marquee for safety, technical, educational and social organization for riders of touring motorcycles," according to its website. Evans said she estimates the Columbia chapter has approximately 40-50 active members.

May is national motorcycle safety awareness month.