Motorcyclists and those who share the road are reminded to practice safe driving as May marks Motorcycle Safety Month.
The City of Grande Prairie Enforcement Services stated it would focus on motorcycle safety for the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
“All motorists are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and exercise a higher degree of caution when more vulnerable vehicles such as motorcyclists are in the vicinity,” the city said in a statement. “Motorcyclists in particular have a higher likelihood for injury in the case of an accident due to their exposed vehicle.”
“Motorcyclists should drive cautiously and defensively, never assume other motorists are aware of your presence,” the city added.
According to the city, motorists should:
“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether you drive a car, truck or motorcycle,” the city said. “Help protect the lives around you by being alert and operating your motor vehicle safely.”
As the warm weather brings out more motorists, the Alberta RCMP also reminded motorcyclists to adopt safe driving behaviours in order to reduce the risk of collisions.
“With season change and warming weather, motorcycles are prevalent on our roadways. In 2018, there were 12 people killed and 232 motorcycles involved in injury collisions in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions,” said Supt. Gary Graham with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services in a statement. “These numbers are a good reason to raise awareness about safe motorcycling so that we all get to our destinations safely.”
Alberta RCMP offered the following motorcycle safety tips:
The Alberta RCMP stated they would continue to work with Alberta Sheriffs and other law enforcement and safety partners to promote safe driving and riding. Traffic safety tips can be found on Facebook @RCMPinAlberta and Twitter @RCMPAlberta.
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We moved in 8 months ago, and have been hard at work updating the facilities. A new roof, LED Lighting, revamped kitchen lounge and bathrooms just to start. It’s not even near finished, but you will get more than a glimpse of what the future holds in store for Fuller Moto!
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A Twin Peaks shooting survivor says he trying to rebuild his reputation after he was one of the bikers arrested at the Waco restaurant in 2015.
Friday marks four years since the deadly shootout at the Waco Twin Peaks.
“This was a scheduled meeting,” said Paul Landers.
Landers said he got to the restaurant early that day to set up for a meeting about biker profiling, recent biker legislation and their rights on the road. “That day was different because there were people there that never participated at all in what we do,” he said.
He said he was hanging a banner when he heard the first shots. “Some automatic fire broke out, obviously not small arms fire broke out,” he said.
Nine people were killed and at least 20 were critically injured. If you were there as a biker, chances are you were arrested by Waco Police.
Landers was one of them. “That incident happened 12:30, one o’clock. We were on the hot concrete in 97-degree weather until five that evening. People (were) looking for a restroom. It was total chaos. You don’t know what’s going on, who’s involved. Then we sat on the bus until midnight. I was in handcuff until midnight, plastic cuffs,” he said.
Landers said he spent the next 23 day in jail. He along with 177 others faced felony charges — engaging in organized criminal activity, resulting in murder and aggravated assault.
Charges for Landers were dropped three years after his arrest. In early April, the remaining charges were dropped after a new DA took office.
Landers said his life still hasn’t been the same since his arrest. “I’m not a criminal,” he said.
Before the shooting, Landers said he worked for a well-paying company but was terminated within a week after his arrest. He said the reputation he built as an advocate for biker safety with policy makers at the state Capitol started to diminish. “If you want to single out the bad deed of a couple, but don’t indict the whole group on the actions of few,” he said.
Landers is now part of a civil suit suing the former McLennan County District Attorney, Waco Police and the detective that signed off on the affidavit. He said he’s not suing for financial gain but to prevent bikers from being profiled like he feels they were on May 17, 2015 in Waco.
“Never let this happen again,” he said.
ROME, Ga. (May 17, 2019) – Pirelli Tire North America congratulates Vasiliy Zhulin on capturing the brand’s second absolute motorcycle track record of 2019. Competing aboard a Metric Devil Moto Yamaha YZF-R1, Zhulin set the track record on Saturday, May 11 on the Nelson Ledges Road Course in the A Superstock race during the WERA Sportsman Series.
“It has been a great pleasure to work with Vasiliy throughout the years,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “When I found out that he achieved this record, I was extremely happy for him. He has put in a lot of hard work and is very deserving of his accomplishment. I look forward to him earning his next track record.”
Zhulin set the impressive lap record of 1:05.198 on his third lap while using Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike 120/70-17 SC1 front and 200/60-17 SC0 rear tires. Earlier in the day, he also topped the previous track record in the Formula 1 and A Superbike classes. He took the checkered flag to win all three classes.
“We had a fantastic weekend with Pirelli and the team here at Nelson Ledges,” said Zhulin. “We pushed hard throughout the three afternoon races and were able to get quicker and quicker in each race. I want to thank Pirelli and Trackside Tire Support for providing me with the best tires out there, which provide grip in all conditions. The race compounds are truly out of this world. I was able to push hard with relatively consistent grip on both the SC1 and SC0 compounds.”
Pirelli continues to offer a $750 tire voucher for setting a new motorcycle track record and Zhulin’s efforts made him the second rider to earn the reward this year.
To view the complete results from the WERA Sportsman Series event at Nelson Ledges Road Course CLICK HERE.
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California has already gone to court to fight the Trump administration’s determination that current vehicle emission and fuel economy standards are too stringent. Now, California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols is arguing that the state will match any relaxation of federal auto rules with its own more stringent anti-pollution requirements on everything from fuel to the refineries producing it.
“CARB will be exploring ways to ensure communities get the reductions of air pollution they so desperately need to keep the air clean and breathable — and continue to fight climate change,” Nichols said in draft remarks prepared for an event Thursday.
President Donald Trump’s administration is developing a final plan for easing tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards and fuel economy requirements, after proposing to cap the mandates at 37 miles per gallon after 2020. Under existing Obama-era rules, fuel economy requirements are set to rise to 47 mpg.
The administration in February terminated months of talks between federal regulators and California officials to maintain a common standard. Automakers had urged the two sides to reach an agreement to avert a prolonged legal battle with California, which has unique authority to establish its own emissions rules.
The fight has already caused uncertainty for the auto industry, threatening to undermine business plans heavily reliant on predictability. A prolonged court battle over mileage mandates could upend technology development and investment plans for the U.S., even as European countries press on with tougher requirements.
But Nichols’ comments show increasing peril for other industries too, particularly oil refineries. California already encourages zero-emission vehicles and legislation proposed in the state last year would mandate them by 2040. An outright ban on new vehicles powered by liquid, oil-based fuels would be unprecedented in the U.S.
Britain, China, India and other nations have announced their own plans to phase out conventional vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Even without that step in California, refiners could be hit with tougher limits on pollution at their facilities and more stringent fuel requirements.
Nichols casts the moves as a possible necessary step to offset additional air pollution that could be unleashed by Trump easing auto standards.
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The American Motor Drome Company (AMDC) will be performing their Wall of Death show at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum May 23-27, 2019.
Touted as “America’s original extreme motorcycle show,” The Wall of Death is a vintage live action thrill show featuring a motor drome, a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter. Inside the drome motorcycle daredevils travel along the vertical wall performing trick, fancy, and acrobatic riding. The show features antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along with hand built 4-wheeled racing machines.
Developed in the early part of the twentieth century, the Wall of Death show quickly became a crowd favorite and a mainstay on almost every carnival midway in America. The riders were men and women of bravery as they climbed aboard motorcycles and small custom made cars to ride up to the top of the vertical wall surface.
The AMDC is the only Wall of Death to have two riders inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Jay Lightnin’ (2014) and the late Samantha Morgan (2006). Jay has been riding the wall since 1969 and still performs in each show. The AMDC is also the largest show of its kind still touring in America, with a diameter of 30ft and a riding surface height of 14 feet.
Despite the ominous sounding name, the Wall of Death is a G-rated, family friendly, heart-pounding thrill show. With no ropes, wires, or other assistance, the show hearkens back to the day when true daredevils performed without the assistance of special effects.
The weekend will also feature special celebrations for Memorial Day, including our annual flag raising ceremony on Saturday, demonstrations of rare bikes all weekend long, and a special awards ceremony for Museum Curator Dale Walksler by the Legends Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.
The Wall of Death will be performing free hourly shows each day May 23-27 from 9am to 5pm, at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.