Hear The Rumble

by Camellia Staab May. 05, 2019 345 views

Every year since 1983, May has been proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness Month by the Governor of Illinois, and by the many local and county governments that sign proclamations presented by A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, Inc. (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education). The goal of this group is to make people aware that with the onset of the warm weather, motorcyclist will be returning to the roads and highways, therefor being mindful of their presences is of utmost importance so as to avoid fatalities.

Statistical data on crash causation reveal that when motorcyclists crash with other vehicles, the other vehicle driver has often violated the motorcyclist’s right of way. Drivers may not expect to see motorcyclists on the road and may simply not recognize a motorcyclist in their direct line of sight. Crashes that happen when a driver pulls into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist and claims not to have seen him/her approaching are often called “looked but failed to see” crashes. (information from here)

As a result of these types of crashes some States and motorcyclist organizations such as ABATE have developed communication and outreach campaigns to increase other drivers’ awareness of motorcyclists as well as urge motorcyclists to take an accredited rider training courses, such as the ones provided by Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

To launch Motorcycle Awareness Month, ABATE organized a rally. Six hundred and fifty bikers from all over Illinois gathered in Springfield, today, to ride in the Annual Freedom and Awareness Parade. Riders gathered at the IDOT building parking lot at 8:00 a.m. for the lineup. At 1:00 p.m. bikers road towards the Capitol Building, where they parked their bikes and gathered around to listen to dedications and speeches.

They dropped their bike on the turn but were able to recover quickly.

They dropped their bike on the turn but were able to recover quickly.

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David Swatton 5 months, 2 weeks ago

So part of the mission statement is to "Enforce Safety Programs" but that doesn't go as far as wearing helmets... makes me wonder what the definition of safety is.

Interesting set and a curious insight into an aspect of American culture.

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Camellia Staab Replied to David Swatton 5 months, 2 weeks ago

If I were cynical....I'd say it' YOU (meaning people not on bikes) be cautious and watch for us, because we want to feel the wind in our hairs smile

What I take away from the ABATE group is that not all cyclist are the "bad boys of Son's of Circumstances" or the "gang" related bikers. They come from all walks of life trying to do some good.

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Olga Helys 5 months, 2 weeks ago

#2 MARVELOUS 
#22 IMPRESSIVE

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Camellia Staab Replied to Olga Helys 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Olga smile

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Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Wonderful series! Love the variety!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jay. Hope you are keeping well smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Always a pleasure, SIs!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

All’s well! Kids & friends keeping me busysmile

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice series. My biking days are behind me, looking at these makes me want to ride again. Thanks for sharing

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Glad you liked them smile

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

And I can see almost no one is using a helmet. Your photo work is amazing Camellia

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 2 weeks ago

One of the things ABATE wanted to ensure that helmet laws would not pass in this state, hence the word "freedom".

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Andi Saw 5 months, 2 weeks ago

They always look so bad, and every time I hear about bikers, they're doing something nice, educational or creative. I love that!
+ I really love this set

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Camellia Staab Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 2 weeks ago

That is one of other purposes of ABATE to show communities that bikers are really not bad people and that they are productive and charitable citizens of the community. But as the saying goes "it takes a 1000 ata boys to erase one idiot"

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Sherry Hill 5 months, 2 weeks ago

good times.. [coming from a Harley chick] smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sherry Hill 5 months, 2 weeks ago

My daughter's a Harley chick as well smile

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Lynn F Medley 5 months, 2 weeks ago

You had a fun day! Great captures!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lynn F Medley 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I did Lynn. Hardest part was picking 30 pics out of a 100 plus photos.

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Lynn F Medley Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Understand, I tend to get carried away when having fun

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Andi Saw Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Let me fix your problem: post 3 sets of 30 (I assume 10 are not good enough) smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Laughing is pretty painful... but I had a great laugh anyway! smile

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Bob Rosenberg 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I would be OK with motorcycles if they would begin following just one courtesy:  No riding enormously loud Harley's after 9:00pm.  Too many tired Mom's are forced to deal with awakened babies due to that, not to mention working folks being awakened as well.   cop     rage1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bob Rosenberg 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I am not touching that comment even with a 10 foot pole  😀

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