I hate Mondays, but probably not for the same reasons most of you dislike them.

I generally love my job, helping riders find the news and information that is important to them, BUT....

Today, like every riding season Monday, the news feeds are FILLED with crashes that took place over the weekend.

Page after page of crash stories, some about dead riders, some about injured riders and some about those who got lucky.

It is my job to sift through the feeds and find the information that is pertinent to Canadians and sadly I found information on three crashes, all in Ontario.

In the first crash a rider hit and killed a dog but suffered minor injuries himself, the second article is about a lady rider in critical condition and the third article is about a rider who died.

In the case of the lady ride, an east bound pickup struck her north bound motorcycle and the driver was charged with careless driving.

In the case of the rider who died, he got into some gravel and hit the ditch.

Folks, WE riders have to become so hyper aware out there, we need to sharpen our skills.

My heart is breaking for the families of these riders.

It's not a great start to the work week and with the long weekend coming I am seriously concerned for the riding community - I beg you - PLEASE, be hyper aware of your surroundings.

Get out in a parking lot and practise your emergency stopping, make sure your tires are inflated properly and that your motorcycle is in good repair.

One other thing I would like you to consider, please: wear good gear, it might save your life, save you tons of healing time and with the condition of our roadways and so many who drive other automobiles not paying attention or being aware, isn't that little extra piece of mind worth it?

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Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider

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  1. Well said Betty! Most of us are careful but, like any section of society, there are idiots and freaks who mess it up for themselves. Unfortuantely, their mess normally ends up involving good people who often end up worse off.

    Good post! (h)