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With this nice weather we're seeing, you'll be seeing more motorcycles on the roads. They are already out in force. Thousands, packed into Davenport's Centennial Park for the Rally on the River, showing off their sport bikes, spokes and skills.

But when it comes to hitting the streets, many here say the message can be about fun, but must include safety. Reps from the local chapter of ABATE "A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education" say motorcyclists are just more vulnerable.

Assistant Coordinator for District 15 Scott Moeller tells us, "We're a lot harder to see than other vehicles on the road. Make sure they take their time, when they're turning, look twice. You may not see me behind a pole or something the first time." This safety advocate says it's happened to him. "I was in a fast food parking lot and a gentleman backed right into me." No one was hurt there, but too often that's not the case.

T.J. Francis is the Sergeant at Arms for the Renegade Pigs Quad Cities chapter. It's a motorcycle club made up of public safety officers. He says, "A lot of the times, it's one of the things where it's carelessness or negligence. Sometimes, it's alcohol involved. But a lot of times, it's people not paying attention."

And he says, when a motorcycle accident comes over the radio, "You're automatically thinking the worst." It's why he stresses focus behind the wheel, extra space behind whoever is in front of you, and increased awareness in general. Not only for those on four wheels, but also two. "At the end of the day," he says, "it's just being responsible about it."

And enjoying the ride. "You get out on the bike and you're free. You go out with your friends, your family, your bothers, you just go out and have a good time." Doing it safely, so you can go out and ride again.

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