Engineers lap Oahu for motorcycle safety ride

| September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Capt. Mario Wong, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion  Bronco Soldiers participate in a Motorcycle Safety Ride on Aug. 28.

Photo by Capt. Mario Wong, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion
Bronco Soldiers participate in a Motorcycle Safety Ride on Aug. 28.

1st Lt. Jesse N. Peeler
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A group of 17 Soldiers from the 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, circled Oahu on an 85-mile motorcycle safety ride, Aug. 28, for mentorship and for its new riders to increase familiarization with their bikes.

Staff Sgt. Richard Barth, battalion senior motorcycle mentor, pre-briefed the route the group was going to take around the island, the order and manor that each cyclist would ride, how to communicate within the group, and gave a safety check on each motorcycle and each operator’s clothing and gear.
“My overall goal was to pull in the new riders to show them what right looks like,” said Barth. “If we don’t show them the proper way to conduct themselves on their machines, someone will surely show them the wrong way.”

The ride was organized, so it would not exceed the abilities of the least experienced rider in the group. Each of the newer riders was paired with a senior rider to ensure that the junior riders’ abilities were not exceeded.

Photo by Capt. Mario Wong, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion HPD motorcycle officer Scotty Hawkins briefs Bronco riders on local traffic laws and the safe way to handle their motorcycles, Aug. 28. Many of the accidents encountered by HPD officers include Soldiers not wearing protective gear.

Photo by Capt. Mario Wong, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion
HPD motorcycle officer Scotty Hawkins briefs Bronco riders on local traffic laws and the safe way to handle their motorcycles, Aug. 28. Many of the accidents encountered by HPD officers include Soldiers not wearing protective gear.

The route included a pit stop at the Naval Exchange, where the group met up with two Honolulu Police Department motorcycle officers to discuss the importance and procedures of operating a motorcycle safely while in Hawaii.

During the talk, the HPD officers discussed the significance on following the local traffic laws and always riding with the ability to react to any obstacles or situations that would cause the rider to injure them or others.

“I have been riding for 30 years, and … no matter how long you have been riding, you will always have to adjust to who you are riding with and the conditions you are riding in, said Sgt. Robert Phillips, HPD. “This will result in you constantly becoming a better rider and learning something new.”

Many times, the HPD officers stated that they encounter motorcycle accidents where the rider was military and in civilian attire, but not wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

The majority of motorcycle accidents in Hawaii are a result of speeding and not wearing the proper safety gear. In accordance with AR 385-10, Soldiers are required to wear the proper PPE at all times, on and off base.

The battalion’s safety ride successfully resulted in all riders becoming more familiar with their bikes. The battalion’s safety ride ended back on Schofield Barracks with no accidents or injury, and a vast amount of gained experience between all riders.

 

 

Policy

For more information about motorcycle safety in Hawaii, visit

www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/Memos/MotorcycleSafetyPolicy.pdf.

 

(Editor’s note: Peeler is the 29th Eng. Bn. unit public affairs representative.)

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