RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Bikers from across the south cruised around Richmond Saturday to help kids in our area.
The Tuskegee Airmen Motorcycle Club of Richmond hosted its fourth annual Ride for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. The event raised money to help send children to summer programs at the Boys and Girls Club.
Hundreds of bikers took an hour drive through the city and ended at the Fairfield Court Boys and Girls Club where they had a cook-out.
“It’s really inspiring to give back to the community,” said Loretta Lynch, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen Bike Club.
Motorcyclists from northern Virginia all the way to Georgia rolled in to support the cause. Biker Nicole Briggs-Gary said, “It’s just like a family reunion, on two.”
This month is also Motorcycle Awareness Month and police used the time to remind folks how to stay safe on the road.
Curtis Day escaped an accident and injury a couple years ago while riding his bike. “Young kids on the phone or texting…is [are] the scariest thing in the world.”
Others are not as lucky as Day. From 2010-2012 250 bikers have been killed on Virginia roads, according to Virginia State Trooper Chuck Kain. “It literally takes nothing at highway speed to knock a motorcycle over.”
He cautions that drivers should always check blind spots before switching lanes and also said bikers should never stay in a blind spot longer than necessary.
Trooper Kain also said bikers should also be visible. "You have to make sure that the driver sees you... try not to ride by tractor-trailers, pass them as soon as you can. As far as your clothing goes, wear clothes that are fluorescent if possible.”
Kain said being aware on the road can go a long way when trying to avoid crashes.