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DAVENPORT, IA – May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and hundreds of riders gathered to raise awareness about motorcycle safety. With the warming weather, more motorcycles will be on the roads.

Rusty Harmening is the treasurer of the Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council. She says it’s important for people to know that it is riding season.

Harmening says, “I had my first bike for a month and I got hit by my car. The first thing the guy said was ‘I didn’t see you.’”

After her accident, Harmening has made motorcycle safety a top priority. The accident didn’t stop her from doing what she loves. Instead, she uses her experience to make the Quad Cities a safer place to ride.

Harmening says, “Even in your car, it’s important to be a defensive driver, but on a motorcycle, a fender bender usually includes a leg.”

A semi-truck was at today’s event for riders to see a trucker’s point of view. Harmening says, “People don’t realize that when you’re sitting along-side a semi, he doesn’t see you. He’s got to be able to see you in his mirror.”

Bikers were able to sit in the semi-truck and see where the strain of the blind spot.

Kris Holsteen was at today’s event. He rides a motorcycle for fun, and drives a semi-truck for work. He knows first-hand how hard it can be to see a bike in your blind spot.

Holsteen says, “Double check the intersections, especially with these trucks. Stay where the driver can see you. If you can’t see the driver or the mirrors, adjust accordingly. Drive defensively.”

Bikers say the rules of safety go for everyone. Holsteen adds, “We’re like you – we want to go home to our families at the end of the day just like you do.”

Whether you’re in a car, truck, or on a motorcycle, it’s important to look twice and check your mirrors when out on the roads.

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