In the middle of the doom and gloom surrounding us (thanks, COVID-19!), the American Motorcyclist Association wants us to remember: May is Motorcycle Awareness Month!
May is usually the month where most motorcyclists start riding regularly, at least in the areas of North America and Europe that have a snow-shortened riding season. Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has kept plenty of riders home, but some people are riding recreationally, and some are riding because their motorcycle is their main mode of transportation—and AMA big boss Rob Dingman wants the rest of the motoring public to remember that.
“Although a number states have travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many riders use a motorcycle as their primary vehicle, commuting to essential jobs, making deliveries and running errands,” said Dingman. “As travel restrictions are relaxed, many more motorcyclists will take to the nation’s roads and highways, so we implore motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists.”
He reminds car drivers to follow the basics of traffic safety: double-check their mirrors and blind spots when changing lanes, to maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles, and watch out when making left turns across traffic.
Motorcycle Awareness Month was launched by the AMA in the early 1980s, and has been adopted by motorcyclist-rights groups, government organizations and AMA-sanctioned clubs. The AMA has an official position on distracted and inattentive vehicle operation, found here. Among its other advocacy and lobbying in the political world, the AMA follows state legislative moves that relate to motorcycle safety.