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Motorcycle rally on Monument Circle promotes safety

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Motorcycles lined Monument Circle on Thursday to raise awareness for motorcycle safety.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has proclaimed may as motorcycle safety and awareness month.

The rally was put on by the nonprofit group American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) of Indiana. It says motorcycle riders and drivers must work together to keep our roads safe. 

Jay Jackson, executive director of ABATE Indiana, said, “When people ask what they can do to assist in motorcycle safety, whether they’re a rider or a driver, it’s pretty much the same advice: See and be seen. We certainly want riders to be as visible as possible, wear brightly colored clothing, the manufacturer has the headlight come on anytime the bike’s in operation, just to make us a little more visible in traffic. We ask that drivers do look that second time.”

ABATE says it’s important motorcycle riders take a formal education course as studies show 90% of motorcycle crashes involved riders who are self-taught.