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Two Golden Rules of Staying Alive on a Motorcycle

One of our longtime readers, Michael Scott emailed us his two ‘golden rules’ of staying alive on a bike:

1. See
2. Be seen

Sometimes alternately expressed as Situational Awareness and Conspicuity.

Situational awareness is being sure you know what the hell is going on around you – which is what the police teach.

Conspicuity is wearing whatever you have to in order that people will not mistake you for a piece of road or any other inanimate object. Imagine how you look from a distance if you’re wearing asphalt-black leather for example. BE ANIMATE! Wear that dayglo green/orange vest and a WHITE helmet. The helmet makes them think you’re a cop and they get the hell out of your way!

Have a safe ride.



About Michael Scott

Michael is a retired advertising and marketing guy who's ridden and raced in Ontario and Alberta. He's a past president of the Kitchener/Waterloo Cycle Sport Association where he and an enthusiastic core of other active members promoted many motocross and flat-track events, often breaking new ground on what were previously "horses-only" half-mile ovals. A veteran instructor of the Canada Safety Council Motorcycle Training program at Niagara College, Mike now resides in "Scenic Port Dalhousie".

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