Saturday's Biker Church Swap Meet and Information day was marred by the death of a well loved Ottawa motorcyclist, Mike Jeffries. Mike and his wife were riding to the Vanier Biker's Church when their motorcycle struck a van - details have not yet been released on the crash.
His wife has been released from hospital where Rob Dale, the pastor of the Biker's Church had to break the news to her that Mike did not make it.

I had the opportunity to meet Mike, and everything that was said about this mountain of a man is true - he was friendly, a jokester and a caring and giving man. His loss is going to leave a hole in the hearts fro many for a long time to come of that I am sure.

Our hearts go out to all of the members of the Ottawa Biker's Church and Mike's family.

On Vancouver Island the Ride for Safety was very successful. Over 150 riders road the Malahat Highway to put an emphasis on safe riding and driving - congrats to all who took part.

Kristy Falconer, the event organizer was very appreciative of the efforts of the provincial government and their commitment to 8 million dollars in safety upgrades to the highway and felt that riders really needed to step up again to show the non riding community that riders are safety minded unlike the rider depicted in the YouTube video riding at 300KPH.  The Malahat has seen some devastating crashes involving motorcycles and has caused grave concerns among the riding community.

Nova Scotia's annual Biker Blessings saw 1,400 riders participate at Victoria Park in Truro.
The event had riders from as far away as Florida attend!

In Illinois a group of riders heading to a Motorcycle Awareness event experienced irony at work as a woman in a car pulled out of a gas station and struck the lead rider putting him in hospital.

The news feeds are filled with news and information that may affect your day and life as a ride, I invite you to check it out at where our work is keeping YOU informed.

I leave you with a few funnies, shared with me by my wacky friends on Facebook and through emails - laughter is very much needed this morning...

Have a fabulous Monday and remember to ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you.

Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider

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