Motorcycle safety, women riders recognized

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Friday is International Female Ride Day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and organizations and municipalities across the country recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The national initiative’s goal is to recognize that motorcyclists and motorists need to share the road together, according to the NHTSA.

On the fifth annual International Female Ride Day, women riders across the world are encouraged to ride. The day is designed to bring awareness to women motorcyclists and asks women to “Just Ride” as its theme.

“International Female Ride Day is a unique event in the world. No other event is or has ever reached out to women from all parts of the world on just one global, synchronized day — this is the real deal. Its success is equally attributed to women riders of all ages, styles of riding and motorcycle brands who took this idea I presented to them five years ago and made it what it is — phenomenal!” Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS, said in a press release.

Riders from the United States, Canada, Australia, England, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia, Germany and more are expected to participate

The International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW Motorrad, Honda, Kawasaki, KYMCO, Suzuki, Yamaha, Arai, the Association des femmes motocyclistes du Quebec, the Canadian Motorcycle Association, Draggin Jeans, Gearing Up (Canada Safety Council), GoGo Gear, Inside Motorcycles, Ride for Sight, Riders Plus Insurance and the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.

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