John Sweeney Jr

District Educator

Our World Class Educational Program has many avenues to educate both our motorcycle community and the general driving public. The illustration to the right shows how our program is structured.

The GWRRA Rider Education Program (REP) is intended to make the motorcycle riding  environment safer by reducing injuries and fatalities and increasing motorcyclist skills and awareness. The REP does not propose to have all the answers.

However, our close-working relationship with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), as well as additional GWRRA programs and studies, has provided a wealth of information for use in establishing a comprehensive Rider Education Program.

Through Commitment, Education and Application, we can reduce our accident rate significantly.

Listed below are several benefits of a fully implemented GWRRA Rider Education Program at the District and Chapter level:

  • Increased rider knowledge
  • Increased rider safety skills
  • Prevention of accidents
  • Reduced injuries
  • Reduced fatalities
  • Improved general public image of motorcyclists
  • Enhanced enjoyment of motorcycle riding
  • Enhanced motorcycle safety through Motorist Awareness public presentations

Both the motorcycle and motorist community are already realizing many positive benefits from the GWRRA Rider Education Program. Through the efforts of the Rider Education Officers and volunteers throughout the world, we will reach our goal of establishing the safest motorcycle environment possible.

 

 

          As I write this, I think of Thanksgiving. All that I can be thankful for. So much more than just the District and motorcycling. All of the people that I have met, gotten to know, worked with, learned from and also taught. I have tried to help everyone, as much as I possibly could or can. Sometimes we are appreciated for what we do and sometimes we are not. Thank you for all of the support and encouragement that you give to your local chapter, our district and staff and GWRRA, which we all represent at all times. I am proud to be a member and to show by my example that I follow the direction and ideas of our great organization. Even if I don't get to ride as much as I would like to.

 

          I try to be as good a District Rider Educator as I can be. I do what I can to involve everyone more in being safe and following safe riding skills. Also to be prepared in case of an emergency need, whether on a motorcycle or not. We never know when the skills that we learn and practice might some day be needed.

 

          Our motorcycles are put away for a while now and winterized as needed. We wish to be seen when we are riding. Well, the same holds true now, when you are out and about, with shorter daylight hours. Be safe in whatever you are doing. Carry those qualities with you at all times.

 

          I am glad to be told that I stick out with what I am wearing while shoveling snow or snowblowing on the sidewalk or near the road or along the road by the mailbox. I wear optic green or optic yellow jacket and hat.

 

          Consider refreshing or taking a First Aid or CPR course through our organization, (MFA) or Red Cross or American Heart. Skills that will last a lifetime and maybe help or save someone elses or your own life.

 

          Pass on to people around you, your experiences and help teach the non motorcycle people what it is like to be a defensive driver and what you may have encountered, that could have or did put you at risk! There are still bicyclists who are riding during the winter months. Roads are slippery, just as are sidewalks. Parking lots are full of cars and taking a little more time, may help keep you from causing or becoming involved in an incident of some kind.

 

As the District Coordinator for Motorist Awareness, I pass on thoughts for you to consider to be part of everyday life. Most of us use these skills without any thought. They are just second nature to us.

 

We are moving closer to Christmas and I wish everyone a Peaceful, Blessed Holiday season. May we all be in good health as the snow and salt leave, and we again are able to take our rides out again, meeting and riding with our friends, new and old. Doing what we enjoy so much. See you all soon!  BE SAFE!

 

John Sweeney Jr.
District Educator And Motorist Awareness Officer
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