For Immediate Release
May 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) released the following statement in response to a report issued by the Road to Zero Coalition which is managed by the National Safety Council. The report, A Road to Zero: A vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, was released in April and identifies policies and practices to achieve the very notable and worthy objective of attaining zero deaths in the United States in 30 years:
Motorcycling and the safety of riders who engage in this growing mode of transportation remains a key priority of the MRF, its Board of Directors and its network of 220,000 riders across the U.S. In fact, the MRF, either directly or through our member networks, have numerous initiatives geared towards rider safety touching on issues such as motorcycle awareness, rider education and training, impairment, as well as technological advancements for motorcycle and equipment manufacturers. Because the safety of the motorcycle community is so paramount to our organization, we commend the objective behind Road to Zero. As such, we have been present and an active participant in almost every Road to Zero Coalition meeting since the unveiling of the program in 2016. During these workshops we’ve offered the motorcyclist’s perspective on key issues areas, making recommendations and playing a proactive role in the dialogue. (more…)
To Report Power Outages/Downed Wires:
PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line:
TEXT the word “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454)
Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at www.psegliny.com.
In addition, if outages are widespread, the utility will activate its Twitter page to keep the public informed about our restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at twitter.com/PSEGLI to monitor restoration progress.
To Report Gas Emergencies:
National Grid Long Island Customer Service
Road Clearing Issues:
NY STATE Traffic Conditions
NY State Dept of Transportation
Up to the minute information on traffic, transit and travel conditions.
Dial 511 – OR –
Download the APP: The mobile 511 web can be accessed from a browser on your Blackberry,
iPhone, Google Android, or other smart phone device. Check with the app store on your device.
NYS Department of Transportation
Suffolk County Roadways:
SC Highway Department
Town Highway Departments:
East Hampton Town
(631) 727-3200 Ext. 228
Suffolk County Sheltering Assistance: call the Department of Social Services Emergency Services Unit at 631-854-9100
Suffolk County Police Department:
– For NON-EMERGENCIES, call the Suffolk County Police Department at 631-852-COPS (2677)
– Dial 911 ONLY for life-threatening emergencies.
New York State Resources Available 511NY
Motorists are reminded to check 511NY by calling 511 or by accessing www.511ny.org before traveling. This is free service allows users to check road conditions and transit information.
Mobile users can download the updated, free 511NY mobile app from the iTunes or Google Play stores. The app now features Drive mode, which provides audible alerts along a chosen route while a user is driving, warning them about incidents and construction. Users can set a destination prior to departing and receive information on up to three routes.
Nassau County Traffic Management
Call (516) 571-6992
New Yorker’s can obtain emergency information through NY-ALERT, the State’s free, all-hazards, web-based alert and notification system. To subscribe, visit nyalert.gov. If you do not own or have access to a computer, call toll-free 1-888-697-6972 or download the app on your smartphone at ialertz.com.
Long Island Railroad “Train Time” Mobile App
LIRR customers to obtain the most up-to- date train information available for iPhone and Android smartphones. Commuters may check on line at: http://www.mta.info/lirr
Four and a half years ago, a man was riding his motorcycle on a beautiful fall day on a residential road in Suffolk County, NY. He was enjoying the ride and minding his own business. In a split second, his life as he knew it was forever changed. All because of a driver who violated the rules of the road that are intended to keep all of us safe.
That motorcyclist lost his right leg from that accident. He is a good man, with a successful career, with a great family and a passion for life, and now that life has been forever altered. (more…)
According to New York state law, you must carry liability motorcycle insurance on your bike to help you cover costs related to property damage and bodily injury suffered by others in a crash that you cause.
The no-fault law in New York does not protect motorcyclists, as they are not entitled to no-fault benefits. (more…)
Snow Blindness is a Thing
A condition commonly known as “snow blindness” is easily caused by the reflection of sunlight off snow and ice, and can cause serious problems to your eyes.
Tips to help prevent Snow Blindness:
- The most obvious is to always wear sunglasses outdoors year round, even on cloudy days.
- Choose your sunglasses carefully they should be able to block UV-A and UV-B radiation and should clearly state this on the label “100% UV protection” or “UV400.” Do not buy sunglasses based on how dark they are, or how “Cool” they look. Your eyes could suffer severe damage if not properly protected.
- Snow bunnies and winter sports enthusiasts; wear snow goggles that are designed to block UV radiation.
In addition to the reflection of the sun off of ice and snow, “snow blindness” can be cause by other conditions, including occupational hazards. Click HERE and read more ways to help protect your eyes from “Snow Blindness”.
…AND IT IS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Association has released their Fatal Crash Data Report for 2016, and it is not good news.
In the United States there were 5,286 deaths to motorcyclists – an increase of 257 from the previous year. Although the data for Long Island for the same year (2016) hasn’t been released yet, I’m sure it has not changed by much.
■ Motorcyclist fatalities for people 60 or older saw 156 more fatalities in 2016 than in 2015, an increase of 21.5 percent. Overall, there were 257 more motorcyclist fatalities in 2016, an increase of 5.1 percent over 2015.
■ There were 11.5 times as many unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities in States without universal helmet laws (1,923 unhelmeted fatalities) as in States with universal helmet laws (166 unhelmeted fatalities) in 2016 (more…)
R&D Racing Takes the Win at the 17th Annual WPGC IDBL Bike Fest
Congratulations Peter Geiss, Bob Spina and the R&D Racing team!
John Lynch of Island Outlook interviewed Motorcycle Mike about the importance of proper motorcycle insurance one should have before you head out on the highway… Give a listen- it could help you…
Check your Motorcycle Tires Before You Ride
Spring has arrived, and most of us in New York can’t wait to jump on our motorcycles at the first sign of good riding weather. But remember, let’s not jump the gun on safety either. Below are a few tips on why it’s so important to check your motorcycle tires before you head out on the highway. (more…)
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month-
We urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we’re especially reminding motorcyclists to make yourselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober.
How to choose the right helmet before you hit the road.Watch this Video from the NHTSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB0ZY55ty7Q&feature=youtu.be
If you ride a motorcycle, you already know how exciting it can be. You love cruising the open road. But riding a motorcycle can also be challenging as well as dangerous. (more…)