Members of the American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education recently accepted a proclamation from Mayor Jeff Serdy declaring May 2020 as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in Apache Junction.
“The motorcycle community across Arizona has been working very diligently to bring about awareness to all Arizona drivers on the need to look twice,” Michael Infanzon, state legislative director for A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona, said at the May 19 City Council meeting.
“I want to commend the mayor, City Council and Apache Junction’s law enforcement for this proclamation and thank them for addressing the concerns that impact motorcycle safety such as potholes, red-light runners and poorly planned roadways, which I know the City Council is trying to address, he said.
A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona Inc. is a non-profit motorcycle rights organization dedicated to freedom of the road for all motorcyclists. It promotes rider education for all motorcycle riders and motorcycle awareness for all automobile drivers, according to abateofaz.org.
The proclamation was read by Mayor Serdy at the City Council meeting.
“Whereas, all motorcycle riders are encouraged to continue to hone their skills no matter how long they have been riding; and whereas, it is important to recognize the need for awareness on the part of all drivers, especially with regard to sharing the road with motorcyclists, and to honor the many contributions motorcyclists make to the communities where they live and ride ... I, Jeff Serdy, mayor of the City of Apache Junction, Arizona, do hereby proclaim the month of May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in the City of Apache Junction, Arizona and encourage all Arizonans to look twice for motorcycles,” it states in part.
The proclamation is to be displayed at Superstition Harley-Davidson, 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, Mr. Infanzon said to the council.
“We have representatives here from the Superstition Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.; there are close to 200-strong here in Apache Junction and they’re the motorcycle safety and rights advocates in this area,” he said.
While motorcycle crashes have been trending downward over the past few years, there has been a rise in fatalities, Mr. Infanzon said.
“I know some riders, personally, who have lost their life from distracted drivers, drunk drivers, left turns in front of them and from being rear-ended while sitting still at a stoplight,” he said.