94th AAMDC combats motorcycle accidents with a safety ride

| February 4, 2011 | 1 Comment
Maj. Adam Scherer (left), deputy of logistics, 94th AAMDC, and Capt. Tyrone Ballard (right), operations officer for logistics, 94th AAMDC, manuever a turn during a group safety ride from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout, Jan. 21.

Maj. Adam Scherer (left), deputy of logistics, 94th AAMDC, and Capt. Tyrone Ballard (right), operations officer for logistics, 94th AAMDC, manuever a turn during a group safety ride from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout, Jan. 21.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Ashley M. Outler
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

 

FORT SHAFTER — Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most beautiful and liberating methods of transportation, but it also has the potential of being one of the most dangerous experiences.

The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command’s Motorcycle Mentorship Program took proactive measures to reduce this danger during a group safety ride from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout, Jan. 21, with the intentions of promoting safety, familiarizing riders with road conditions and building camaraderie.

“Motorcycling will always be a high-risk mode of transportation and pastime activity,” said Sgt. 1st Class Edmundo Salero, spectrum manager, 94th AAMDC. “Even experienced motorcyclists become complacent on all-around aspects of motorcycling, especially if they haven’t ridden for awhile.

“Army Motorcycle Safety programs help mitigate that level of risk and number of casualties,” he added.

According to U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center statistics, motorcycle accidents and fatalities have been on the incline, which have made motorcycle training a top priority for the Army this year.

“Motorcycle accidents are a serious issue in the Army, and a way to decrease them is through education, responsibility, experience and thorough leadership,” said Sgt. 1st Class Damion Johnlouis, noncommissioned officer in charge of Human Resources, 94th AAMDC.

Motorcycle Mentorship Programs are part of a 2008 Armywide initiative to decrease the amount of accidents and fatalities among Army motorcyclists.

“Motorcycle riders are still a small demographic with potentially (high) catastrophic risks,” said 1st Sgt. Oubrinyahn Stonewall, first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th AAMDC. “The more that we get together to demonstrate how to ride safely, the more it will combat some of the cultural stereotypes of how bikers are supposed to ride.”

The safety activity included a thorough inspection of each bike and protective equipment, a briefing on proper distance and formation for group rides, and information on how to identify possible road hazards and traffic considerations, which was all put into practice during the group ride.

“The activity was a good reminder and review of pre-ride inspections and how thorough you have to be to prevent accidents,” Salero said. “Also, it was good situational awareness for motorcycling in Oahu, compared to the mainland, because it is an island congested with many vehicles.”

The route from Fort Shafter to the Nuuanu Pali lookout was chosen because it challenged riders with diverse road conditions, weather and traffic, Stonewall said. It also gave the riders opportunity to experience a historically beautiful part of the island.

“Having rides like this gives everyone a chance to share experiences, techniques and … other pertinent information on riding,” Salero said. “It also promotes group riding — two or more bikes — for leisure riding, which provides greater visibility and safety on the road.”

“It is a good program that should remain mandatory to all riders of different skill levels and experience,” he said.

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  1. Carol says:

    I couldn't agree more with the danger that riding a motorcycle brings. It's great that there are campaigns for a safety ride on motorcycles.

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