EDITORIAL — Bikers should spearhead effort for motorcycle safety
News from BVI Beacon:

The bikers who came together during a recent meeting in Road Town should consider forming a non-profit organisation to promote scooter and motorcycle safety.

 We were glad that the meeting attendees acknowledged the need for riders to take responsibility for their actions, but they seemed most intent on advocating for the legalisation of motorcycles larger than the current 125cc limit. They argued that larger bikes are safer because they have better suspension systems, more powerful brakes, and other features.

We don’t doubt these claims, but far too many recent bike accidents have had more to do with reckless driving than with motorcycle or scooter failures.

We are sure that the majority of bikers in the Virgin Islands follow the rules of the road. However, we see daily evidence that many others do not. It is common to see bikers speeding, racing, popping wheelies, weaving in and out of traffic, and riding without helmets, among other dangerous behaviour. And motorcycle and scooter offences commonly come before the Magistrates’ Court.

Besides endangering themselves, reckless riders pose a very serious threat to other motorists and pedestrians.

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New motorcycle training range, sport bike safety course opens
News from Belvoir Eagle:

This month, the Fort Belvoir Safety Office will open up a new motorcycle training range and offer a new safety class to servicemembers: the Military Sportbike Rider Course.

The new training range is regulation size, which will allow more students per class than the old range, said Chris McCormick, Fort Belvoir Garrison Safety Office, safety director.

“The old course was a modified course, so we were limited to teaching six people in the Basic Rider’s Course and the Experienced Rider’s Course, which is now BRC2,” McCormick said. “(Now) we can teach up to 12 students at a time, utilizing two instructors.”

The new range is located off of 16th Street, adjacent to the Transportation Motor Pool.

Its size allows Fort Belvoir to teach all of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses required for Soldiers, including the BRC, BRC2 and, for the first time, the Military Sportbike Rider Course, or MSRC.

According to Army Regulation 385-10, Soldiers who ride a motorcycle must take the BRC and then the BRC2 or MSRC, depending on the type of bike they own. (Previously, Soldiers on Fort Belvoir who owned a sport bike had to take the MSRC elsewhere.)

“It’s an important piece of required safety training for Soldiers,” McCormick said. “Soldiers are risk-takers and when they’re sittin…………… continues on Belvoir Eagle

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