Bikes Across Big Spring revs up for 2nd an­nual event; rais­ing aware­ness for mo­tor­cy­cle safety

Big Spring Herald - - FRONT PAGE - AMANDA Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

Whether you are rid­ing two wheels or four, watch­ing your sur­round­ings and be­ing aware of who’s be­side you is im­por­tant. Bikes Across Big Spring - 2nd an­nual bike run - is pre­sented by Star CDJR in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness and pro­mote safety when it comes to mo­tor­cy­cles. Reg­is­tra­tion this year will take place from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Moss Creek Ranch, on Sept. 26. Those tak­ing part will have three hours to com­plete the course, from 3 p.m. un­til 6 p.m.

“Mo­tor­cy­cle safety is an area that we want to bring fo­cus to. In re­cent years there seem to be more and more mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents, and Star Dodge wants to raise aware­ness in the com­mu­nity, whether you are driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with four wheels or two wheels un­der­neath you; it’s im­por­tant to be vig­i­lant for other driv­ers and ex­ert cau­tion ev­ery time you hit the open road,” Tabitha Clark, Pub­lic Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor for Star CDJR, said.

Those want­ing to take part in the sec­ond an­nual bike run have two hours to get reg­is­tered and at 3 p.m. rid­ers and driv­ers will head out, make seven stops and gather their cards to see who comes out on top and gath­ers the best hand.

“Mo­tor­cy­cle safety isn’t some­thing that just af­fects those rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle. This is an is­sue we as a com­mu­nity need to come to­gether on. Be­ing aware of mo­tor­cy­cles around you on the road is im­por­tant, it’s im­por­tant to the rid­ers, to their fam­i­lies and to you and your fam­ily,” Clark said. “The com­mu­nity has come to­gether once, with an amaz­ing turnout in more than 150 rid­ers last year, and we are hop­ing to do it again in hopes of rais­ing aware­ness for an is­sue that too of­ten goes over­looked.”

The bike run will take par­tic­i­pants across Howard

County, high­light lo­cal busi­nesses and lo­cal tourist at­trac­tions and his­tor­i­cal as­pects of the com­mu­nity. Through gen­er­ous do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, a cou­ple of the des­ti­na­tion spots will in­clude Hangar 25 Air Mu­seum, the Viet­nam Me­mo­rial and the His­toric Spring in­side Co­manche Trail Park. A few lo­cal ea­ter­ies – Dickey’s Bar­be­cue Pit and Red Mesa – have also jumped on board and are sup­port­ing the cause to raise aware­ness. The seven stops will be out­lined on the map pro­vided at reg­is­tra­tion the day of the event.

“We un­der­stand not ev­ery­one who wants to take part and join this ef­fort rides a mo­tor­cy­cle, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help sup­port the cause,” she said. “We will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions for those not want­ing to ride, with all pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ting a lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Clark, the

HER­ALD file photo

Last year, Bikes Across Big Spring was held at Porters. This year, the event will take place at Moss Creek Ranch and in­clude seven stops for par­tic­i­pants, live mu­sic and other fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day. Reg­is­tra­tion takes place at 1 p.m. un­til 3 p.m. and rid­ers have un­til 6 p.m. to gather their cards. By DUFORAT

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