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The court declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.During the month of May, drivers are reminded to “share the road” with motorcyclists by watching for blind spots, using turn signals and allowing motorcyclists their space. Motorcycles are a popular form of recreation and transportation. They are a common and economical means of transportation that reduces fuel consumption and contributes to the relief of traffic and parking congestion.Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any motorist. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. This also means that they must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.“We know this is far too often over looked. It’s nice to see all the cities supporting the efforts of further educating the public on the importance of motorcycle safety," said Andrew Cannon, a biker and the transportation director for the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization."We all ride big bikes, and yet I am amazed at the number of people who don't see us," Cannon said. "Plumbers, lawyers, doctors, professionals, mayors, everyone and anyone can be a motorcyclist and we are trying our best to get the word out on the safety of sharing the road.”
Rio Grande Valley Fallen Bikers members stand with Commissioners Court to promote safety for motorcyclists.