I woke up this morning to this staring me straight in the face. After yesterdays conversation with VPD Sgt Fiddler, I spent the night pouring over the rules and regulations set forth by the CVSE for motorcycles and their operating standards.
I decided to write Mr Chandra Herbert an email , and I encourage you to do the same. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
This month is save driving month. A crack down on texting and driving, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, drinking and driving should be the focus.
Officials should not be focusing on something that has never caused a fatality, injury or otherwise and focus on those that do.
I read this mornings Metro News article, and It’s articles and attitudes like this that make people think it’s okay to hit a motorcyclist and leave them broken in the middle of the road.
As someone that rides a motorcycle, I will say that yes there are some people that have motorcycles that make too much noise.
That said there is a larger problem that occurs when papers and the news post images and articles like this and readers read and see a completely stock bike that would have absolutely no issue with noise.
Considering over 2/3rds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, this attitude in my opinion causes more problems than the issue it would potentially solve.
When the police and politicians take a negative stance towards an issue, many citizens follow, and follow in a manor that is simply one sided to the issue..
This article says that people can’t hear their tvs as motorcycles pass. Really ? this is the issue ?
I have friends whose wrists no longer work, whose legs are broken, and whose lives are permanently impaired because, while they were breaking no laws on their perfectly legal stock bike, they were hit by someone not paying enough attention to the road.
Spencer you say that there is no evidence that supports loud pipes save lives ? Maybe that test should be done.
I know that I’ve personally heard “I didn’t see him” said as a reason many motorcycle accidents happen, is it not possible that had they heard him, they would have taken a look up from whatever it was they were paying attention to ? Earlier this year I was riding into kits when I was nearly pushed off the side of Burrard St bridge into the bike lane because my legal, quiet bike was not seen or heard.
We are some of the most vulnerable motorists on the road and the bottom line is EVERYONE needs to understand there are bigger issues than your tv show, and hearing a motorcycle before you see it, because the bike you just heard, also caught the attention of a driver that wasn’t paying attention, changing lanes, texting, or making a left hand turn before they saw the motorcycle and just saved that rider months of recovery, years of pain and possibly their life !
Within minutes I had an email from Spencer asking if we could speak on the phone.
At 2:30 Mr Chandra Herbert called and we spoke about the article and the issue at hand.