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June 21, 2013

PennDOT site stresses cycle safety

JOHNSTOWN — Live Free Ride Alive, a motorcycle safety program through PennDOT, has  a booth at Thunder in the Valley in downtown Johns­town this weekend.

The public can access the program’s interactive website designed specifically for motorcycles, which is aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways.

The site offers education and interaction among riders.

The booth is located near the train station across from the beer vendors, said Pam Kane of PennDOT.

The interactive site challenges riders to accept responsibility for their own safety, Kane said.

It includes messages about the importance of obeying speed limits and not drinking and riding, a combination that increases the risk of being killed or injured in a crash.

It also emphasizes the importance of being property licensed and encourages the use of protective gear when riding.

Riders also can learn more about motorcycle safety courses free of charge to state residents with a motorcycle license or permit, Kane said.

Riders are given the opportunity to share their riding experiences and lessons they’ve learned and take a pledge to be one less crash statistic.

More information is available at www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com.

 

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