On Saturday, May 4th, the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Erie will hold its annual motorcycle awareness run.
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and what better way to start things off than a motorcycle run and a public announcement for safety?
The event will start with the ABATE monthly meeting at noon at the Valley Inn in McKean. Then, motorcyclists will ride to the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie where local representatives will speak about the importance of motorcycle awareness.
The ride is named after a biker, Jeremy Grant, who tragically lost his life during a motorcycle awareness ride one year. All the more reason the members of ABATE want to raise awareness to watch for their fellow riders on the road.
Vice President of ABATE, Tom Wonner, tells us their goal is to make area residents as a whole “aware that motorcycles are back in season and that we all have to and should be more aware. Our motto is ‘Look Twice and Save a Life…’ Another message would be to know why, when, and where to look for motorcycles. We’ve already had too many accidents this year.”
For those wanting to attend the event, it is a $5 donation per bike and all are welcome. The meeting will begin at noon at the Valley Inn in McKean and bikes will depart for the ride around 2pm.
The forecast at this point looks like 45-57 degrees and rain/showers, so dress appropriately and take caution.
After the day’s events, the public is also invited to attend the wrap-up after-party at MC’s on East Lake Road.