Motorcycle Safety Rodeo promotes learning, safety
Motorcycle riders, enthusiasts and novices attended the Motorcycle Safety Rodeo on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Oct. 13.
During the rodeo, attendees had the opportunity to enter a simulated cycling course where they learned the basics of riding, watched an obstacle demonstration, checked out the Navy Exchange’s latest motorcycles and received giveaways.
NBG Traffic Safety Program Manager Jeffrey Brown said the purpose of the event was to promote learning for all motorcycle operators.
“We want all the riders, all the military riders to come together and to share their experiences, either good or bad, and then that way, we can promote safety and awareness for the Motorcycle Safety Program,” he said. “It’s beneficial for our patrons on base. It’ll be beneficial for the civilians out in town because as the military riders learn more safety procedures, more safety techniques that’s going to make the overall riding, the overall traffic on the island safe.”
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW/AW) Justin Rother was one of the motorcycle enthusiasts who joined in the festivities.
“I’m trying to get my qualification as a motorcycle safety instructor and also my wife is learning to ride, and I wanted to bring her by and let her get a chance at the simulators,” he said.
Riding Direction: Motorcycle Safety Project Manager Jeffrey Brown instructs Exchange New Car Sales Senior Sales Agent Lorie Baumgartner through a simulated motorcycle course during a Motorcycle Safety Rodeo on U.S. Naval Base Guam Oct. 13. U.S. Navy photo by Shaina Marie Santos/Released
Rother’s wife, Serena, especially enjoyed the simulated motorcycle courses, which allowed her to learn without worries.
“It’s a chance to kind of get on and sort of drive the motorcycle without having to worry about laying it down or anything like that and it’s nice to be in a pressure-free environment, to play with the gear shifts and things like that,” she said. “It was fun to get on there and say, ‘you know I can do this. Ihis isn’t as hard as it looks,’”
For more information about the NBG Motorcycle Safety Program, call the installation office at 339-7233.