Hundreds of bikers rally for safety

Springfield -- Hundreds of bikers took to the streets of Springfield Sunday to raise awareness for riders' safety.

"May, as everyone knows, is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and this is our annual safety rally," said Jim Heatherton, vice president of the Freedom by Choice chapter of Illinois A.B.A.T.E.

The 24th Annual Annual Safety and Awareness Rally, sponsored by A.B.A.T.E of Illinois: a group that protects riders and educates drivers. On Sunday, hundreds of members gathered at the Illinois Department of Transportation to get on the roads of Springfield, and have their message heard.

"We want to make sure that you see us and are aware that we are out there on the road," said Ryan Hubbard, state coordinator for A.B.A.T.E "Share the road with us."

Something that hits close to home for members in Macon County.

"In two weeks time, there's been seven wrecks and a fatality and all of these can be prevented," said Heatherton.

But Sunday's rally was not just a learning lesson for those in the driver's seat. It was also an opportunity to recognize those in the legislature that support riders' rights.

"We go over to the capitol, do our little rally, talk about what's going on legislative-wise right now, and award a couple vests to the legislators that have been working real hard for us through the year," said Hubbard.

 However, the focus is also on the future.

"We have a strong program that we worked with IDOT to look at all the root causes of all the accidents, and mainly the fatal accidents," said Hubbard.

A.B.A.T.E and IDOT will team up again on Wednesday, May 7th for "Start Seeing Motorcycles." The event will begin at 11 am at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
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