Bikers rally and return to the road
ALBION – With warm weather finally here, motorcyclists in Orleans County want to remind the public they’re back on the roadways.
About 150 bikers joined today for their annual “motorcycle safety and awareness rally” at the Orleans County Courthouse and then embarked on a 50-mile ride throughout the county.
The group has had an annual rally for at least 20 years, and the crowd seems to get bigger every year as the sport gains popularity, said Fran Abrams, public relations coordinator for the Orleans County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education.
Motorcyclists have a simple message for drivers who share the road.
“We’re back on the roads, look twice and save a life,” Abrams said.
County Legislator Lynne Johnson, R-Lyndonville, read a proclamation from the Legislature that declared May “Motorcyle Safety and Awareness Month” in Orleans County. She praised the ABATE chapter for promoting rider safety and working to dispel myths about bikers.
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley also addressed the group. He said he strongly supported a $150 million increase in the state budget for road and bridge improvements.
“That will make the roads safer,” Hawley said.