So Md Motorcycle Safety Rally

Michael Delaney

Porsche 917K
I crossed that bridge many times on a motorcycle. It is higher and longer than Solomons but never bothered me. I crossed Solomons bridge on a very windy day one time and was white knuckle all the way across.

Sounds like a good event except for two things. First, where the heck is Patuxent High School. I know it's not in ST Mary's so that means I'm not riding. Second, bridge????
 

Jbeckman

New Member
Meeting, Rescheduled for MOnday March 28 at 6 p.m. at Patuxent High School to decide final layout of the Rally

PHS Parking Lot

Will follow up with a quick meeting of plans at a local eatery. Please stop by the HS at 6 p.m.

From SMC - North across Solomons bridge to 2nd stoplight, turn right (Southern Connector). Follow 1/2 round traffic roundabout and continue to other side. Stay in right and follow to sign on right hand sign to Patuxent High School

From Calvert/Points North - From Route 4 turn left onto the Southern Connector. Follow 1/2 round traffic roundabout and continue to other side. Stay in right and follow to sign on right hand sign to Patuxent High School
301-475-4200 x1850
410-535-2200

443-532-0783
 

Jbeckman

New Member
Motorcycle Safety Rally - Patuxent High School - Lusby
April 10 noon to 4 p.m. - Raindate April 17, 2011
Rider demo/practice and challenge course, door prizes, on - site poker run, mechanical checks, licensing information, organization and club info, and insurance information


From SMC - North across Solomons bridge to 2nd stoplight, turn right (Southern Connector). Follow 1/2 round traffic roundabout and continue to other side. Stay in right and follow to sign on right hand sign to Patuxent High School

From Calvert/Points North - From Route 4 turn left onto the Southern Connector. Follow 1/2 round traffic roundabout and continue to other side. Stay in right and follow to sign on right hand sign to Patuxent High School
301-475-4200 x1850
410-535-2200

443-532-0783
 

Jbeckman

New Member
Southern Maryland Riders and Advocates Host Safety Rally
Motorcycle Safety is a Serious Issue
April 5, 2011- On Sunday, April 10, 2011 riders, rider educators, insurance companies, rider clubs, organizations, and other advocates will host a Motorcycle Safety Rally at Patuxent High School from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The event if FREE, open to all and will provide an opportunity for riders to receive information on licensing, pre-ride mechanical checks, and learn about advanced riding skills. Additionally, a practice course will be open to licensed riders over 18 years of age wearing proper safety equipment. The day will close with a more challenging course for more advanced riders. Sunshine Catering will be on site to purchase some delicious foods. Information from insurance groups, dealers, accessory shops, advocacy groups, door prizes and on-site poker run round out the day. Wallet cars, MVA Motorcycle Manuals, state maps and Southern Maryland Trails will be available.
But why a safety rally? Motorcycle safety is an increasing concern in Maryland. Ridership has increased dramatically over the last four years and the numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving motorcyclists has increased as well. Excessive speed on the part of the motorcycle rider is a significant factor in fatal motorcycle crashes. Motor vehicle drivers also contribute to a number of fatal motorcycle crashes each year – caused when drivers are inattentive, violate the motorcyclists’ right of way or are impaired. Rider inexperience and impaired riding by motorcyclists of all classifications are also contributing factors.
Extreme speed has been noted in a number of crashes involving sport bikes. Aggressive driving by a minority of sport bike riders continues to be a problem for state and local law enforcement agencies in Maryland.
Tips for Riders
• Make yourself visible. Choose riding gear that increases your visibility in traffic in addition to providing protection in the event of a crash. Use bright colors and retro-reflective strips or decals, especially at night.
• Ride so you are seen. There is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen. Ride with your headlight on and consider using a modulating headlight.
• Give yourself space and time to react. Allow space for emergency braking or for avoiding a crash. Make your lane moves gradually.
• Signal your intentions. Signal before changing lanes. Avoid weaving between lanes. Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
• Be courteous and respect other road users. Being courteous, non-aggressive and cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes.
Tips for Drivers
• Respect the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are vehicles with the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway. Give the motorcyclist a full lane of travel.
• Look for motorcycles. Motorcycles are smaller profile vehicles that are harder to see and whose speeds are more difficult to estimate. Look for motorcycles at intersections, especially before making a left turn. Check your blind spots frequently and before changing lanes. Always signal your intentions.
• Allow plenty of space. Traffic, weather and road conditions require the motorcyclists to react and maneuver differently. Allow enough room for the motorcyclist to maneuver and enough time for you to adjust.
• Be courteous and respectful. Being courteous, non-aggressive and cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes.
Maryland Fast Facts
• In 2006, there were 83 motorcycle fatalities in Maryland.
• In 2006, there were 1,406 motorcycle related crashes in Maryland
• Motorcycle riders aged 21-49 are overrepresented in crashes, compared to rates among all driver types statewide.
• Nine out of ten motorcycle crashes involve a male rider.
• Three-quarters of motorcycles passengers involved in crashes are female.
National Statistics
According to 2006 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,810 Motorcyclists were killed on our nation's roads last year, a 5% increase from 2005 (a 127% increase from 1997).
Maryland Laws
All applicants of a motorcycle license endorsement under 18 years of age and all new drivers regardless of age must have satisfactorily completed an approved driver education course of not less than 30 hours classroom instruction and six (6) hours behind-the-wheel driver training. Anyone under the age of 18 must also complete either the Basic Rider Course or the Alternate Basic Rider Course before applying for a motorcycle license.
No person shall operate or ride a motorcycle unless they are wearing protective headgear, which complies with the standards established by the Motor Vehicle Administration. All helmets sold in the United States for use by motorcyclists since 1973 must comply with the Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (FMVSS 218). This is the minimum standard for helmets required to be worn by motorcycle operators and passengers in Maryland.
Individuals may not operate or ride on a motorcycle unless they are wearing an approved eye-protective device. Motorcycle operators and passengers must wear an eye-protective device that is in compliance with the Federal Food and Drug Administration regulations on impact resistance, 21 CFR Section 801.410(d)(2). Eye-protective devices include face shields, goggles, and spectacles. Most eyewear sold over the counter complies with the FDA’s impact resistance regulations. Motorcycle operators and passengers must wear clear (non-tinted) eye-protective devices when motor vehicles are required to display or use their lights.
Motorcycles may be fitted with modulating headlamps, provided that they meet OEM standards and are equipped with an automatic nighttime shutoff switch.
Highway Maintenance
The mission at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is to efficiently provide mobility for its customers through a safe, well-maintained and attractive highway system that enhances Maryland’s communities, economy and environment. SHA maintains more than 16,000 lane miles of Interstate, primary and secondary roads and more than 2,500 bridges. Safety is SHA’s number one priority.
SHA work hard to provide their customers with a world class highway system. Thousands of dedicated SHA employees work each and every day to make sure roadways are safe for all those that travel them, including motorcyclists. Feedback and information from riders about the condition of the roadways is encouraged. If you find something on your ride that creates an unsafe condition, please let SHA know about it. In St. Mary’s County call 301-475-8035 and in Calvert County call 410-535-1748.
 
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