Orleans County ABATE to hold annual rally, ride

The Orleans County Chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of New York is gearing up for its annual Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Rally.

The purpose of the rally is to make the public aware of the renewed presence of motorcycles on the highway and to promote safety and rider education among motorcyclists.

“With the warmer weather, motorcycles are back on the road,” said Matt Tracy, vice president of the Orleans County chapter of ABATE. “Drivers of all vehicles need to be extra alert. Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on the road, so drivers in other vehicles need to really look out for them — and to take extra care to safely ‘Share the Road.’ ”

Riders are asked to assemble at the Orleans County Courthouse, which is located at the intersection of East State Street and Main Street in Albion, at 1 p.m. A ceremony with state Assemblyman Steve Hawley and county Legislator Lynne Johnson proclaiming May 2011 as Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month in Orleans County will start at 2 p.m. Speakers at the event will stress the importance of motorcycle safety and rider education in support of ABATE’s efforts to promote safe riding in Orleans County.

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a 50-mile motorcycle ride within the county for everyone who attends the rally. The ride will end at VFW Post 1463 on East Center Street in Medina.

The public is invited to attend the free rally, which will be held rain or shine.

ABATE of New York is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, safety and freedoms of all motorcyclists. ABATE’s position on safety is to support all efforts and initiatives that will lead to accident prevention. All motorists are reminded to safely “Share the Road” with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe.

SOURCE: The Journal Register