Biker advocacy group

Let me give you a simple slogan: “Looking Twice Saves a Life.”

I’m trying that out here to see what the reaction is. Let me know what you think.

Before you do, though, some explanation:

I’m not a biker myself, by my husband is, and several of our close friends. One of those friends, we’ll call him Daryl here, since I didn’t ask permission to publicize this story, nearly got hit by a semi on the road the other day. Daryl was riding along the interstate when this truck just decided to switch lanes. Daryl was in the middle of the trailer, too far back to speed up and too far forward to slow down. Thankfully, there was a breakdown lane and he swerved into that.

When he collected himself and sped back up, the truck driver gave an apologetic wave. It seems, he just hadn’t seen Daryl.

That got me thinking, how many bike accidents happen just because the driver of the bigger vehicle didn’t look carefully?

It turns out, a lot. In fact, not just a lot, most! According to this lawyer’s site, the majority of accidents involving a motorcycle are due to the other car performing some action without seeing the biker. It’s simply a matter of being more careful, or, in this case, looking twice.

So, the idea is to take this slogan and try and make it into something. I don’t have any experience with this, but I’d like to start a…I don’t know…organization maybe. A charity seems too big. I’d just like to have a local group here around Fort Worth that tries to raise awareness of this point. Maybe we could get some signs up on the side of the interstates. I’m sure there are enough bikers, and friends and family of bikers, to find enough people who support the idea of increasing the carefulness of those of us who drive cars and trucks.

What else could we do? I’m actually asking. Along with the slogan critique, let me know your suggestions for how a small group could help influence this issue. Commercials seem a little beyond my ambitions, but is there another way to get people’s attention and inform them of the issue?

I’ll be honest, I’m quite excited by this idea. I’ve always wanted to advocate for something, but politics is just too ugly these days, and I normally can’t find an issue I want to take a stand on. After what happened to Daryl, though, I think I could really get behind this and do something significant to help bikers in the area.

What should I call the group? All I have right now is Biker’s for Careful Driving, or BCD. Maybe I could make that American Bikers for Careful Driving, and then we’d have ABCD. That sounds fun and catchy, but again, I’m open to ideas.

So, send those ideas along, people, and if anyone is interested in joining up, contact me about that as well!

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