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Diamond Devilz members Carla Lantz, left, Jane Salsman and Andrew Salsman help with the installation of the motorcycle awareness sign on Highway 12 on Friday afternoon. (GLEN PARKER)

COLDBROOK — A yellow and black sign promoting motorcycle safety awareness has been placed on Highway 12 at the Kings-Lunenburg county line.

It was the second sign erected last week. The other one is on Highway 10 near Middleton.

“We’d like to see these signs on every rural route in the province,” said Carla Lantz, president of the Diamond Devilz motorcycle group.

“Hopefully, this is the beginning of more people stepping up and helping to sponsor one of these signs.”

Diamond Devilz is a female motorcycle riding group in the Annapolis Valley. They helped sponsor the first two signs and held the inaugural Arnie (Crow) Salsman Memorial Ride on Sunday afternoon that started in Coldbrook, with a stop on Highway 12 to take part in the unveiling of the safety awareness sign.

Salsman was killed in a Highway 12 motorcycle crash a year ago.

Donations from the ride go to Ronald McDonald House in Halifax.

The signs have to go on private property.

Property owners Keith Russell on Highway 12 and Larry Gaul on Highway 10 provided the space for the first two signs.

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Updated: Thursday, April 24 2014, 07:19 AM EDT
With the arrival of warmer weather, we’re already seeing more motorcycles on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and that’s bringing a seasonal reminder from Rangers about safety.

Many bikers say drivers often don’t see them, watching the scenery and talking and texting on cell phones.  They say that can lead to accidents.

They say safety gear like helmets are vital for protection. But they also say what they’re wearing is important too. “I only have a bright yellow bike. But as you can see, I believe in wearing safety gear, bright white helmet with reflective striping on it, wear my yellow vest.  We even wear yellow high vis(ibility) gloves,” says Bill Holley, visiting from Florida. He adds, “We put extra lights on the bikes. We run fog lights 24-7 even if it’s not foggy. It doesn’t make a bit of difference.”

Holley and his friends from Florida have a system of communicating while on the road. Kevin Stageberg says,” The ride leader lets us know about incoming traffic from the left and the right and you know the tail gunner lets them know when the group has passed this incoming traffic or whatever the hazard might be.”

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