“Jatin Reddy adored spending his spare time as well as weekends touring Bangalore outskirts with his buddies as well as by himself on his motorcycle. He is even a staunch member of the Free Riders Club. His Thunderbird was the apple of his eye and nothing gave him a bigger high or a whoop of freedom than riding on a pleasant and warm day with his ponytail swaying in the wind behind. He never bothered about the cattle on road. He was always into imaginary race with other drivers.
And on one fateful day, as his bike skidded and caused a mighty fall, his unguarded head first hit the roadside and he then rolled into a culvert by the road. Incapacitated and brain injured, he was taken to the nearest hospital.”
Times they are changing and this new age frenzy for high speed motor cycling is a part and parcel of that. And it has not been like the gradual transformation from bullock carts to fire-spitting classic carriages, but a revolution. Riders go riding because of the sheer joy they get from it. When one rider chats with another, they gush about the ecstasy of the breeze on their faces, the dexterity of the bike, and the liberation one experiences on two wheels. It is a fact that most serious riders are not into flaunting dangerous stunts or do them without the required safety gear. Contrary to popular belief, for them bike riding is a serious business and so is safety.
This urbane commuter has quickly become an all-time high with the youth. Gone are the times when it was a kind of a rebellion in young age. Two wheeler accidental deaths are disturbingly becoming more of a middle-age occurrence. For 40 plus riders, the costs of a crash can be particularly frightening as they are more likely to end up with dislocations and fractures due to slower reaction time (and perhaps declining vision?).
Two cents on General Bike Safety:
DO NOT Ride…
If you are in a hurry
If you are pre-occupied
Take your eyes from the road
Ever be brash on a bike
Apart from greatly practical, bikes look cool and are exciting to ride. They also consume less fuel, easy to find parking places for and are more flexible in our cities’ terrific traffic. The only hitch here is safety, which simply cannot be ignored.
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Here are some more facts about bike safety. We hope you find it interesting as well as pragmatic.
- Keep distance:
Bikes and two wheelers a tad invisible to the ‘bigger’ players on the road. Cars and trucks take more time to react than bus. Hence give them that space.
Shiny exteriors, reflective lights on bikes as well as helmets is mandatory to penetrate the foggy vision of the bigger vehicles.
- Protective Gears:
The only thing between the biker and the tarmacadam will be their safety gear including helmet, gloves, jacket and thick shoes.
- Remember, road is for all:
Be mindful of your surroundings and courteous to your fellow riders. Weaving in and out, running the signals are a few unnecessary stunts that not only put your own life but others’ lives in danger too.
- The line between being cool and a wannabe?
Public roads and highways are not the place to try out wheelies, swerve screechy or make your bike jump. Have your fun in a closed lane or grounds.
can be pleasurable and gratifying in many ways, but the risks are way too many to fool around. Assuming responsibility and safety is the only way to prevent this from becoming a catastrophe. Let us strive towards making life on roads better and a right to all!
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