In light of another terrible tragedy, would anyone be interested in organizing a "Safety Day" for bikers in the very near future? Pacific Riders or some other safety orientated group, perhaps?
I ask this, as the local press has made a point of castigating motorcyclists and suggesting that our sport / chosen mode of transport is inherantly unsafe. It is not! "Quotes in the press have ranged from "Should atheletes be banned from riding motorcycles?" to "He was told not to buy a bike." The reason (according to the press) that Luc crashed his bike was that he overtook a truck on a bend. We all know that this kind of thing is dangerous, yet our bikes are being blamed. This is wrong. Poor judgement killed him, I'm sad to say.
I have been riding for 30 years and have had more friends die in car crashes than on bikes.
If motorcyclists are careful and car drivers are "educated properly" to look out for us, more people may come to our conclusion that motorcycling helps the world we live in via many means. For example, bikes are less damaging to the environment and reduce congestion.
Please, do we as a community have anyone capable of showing the world (or at least Vancouver) what we're really about? Also, someone in our group must have solid media connections and the POSITIVE publicity would help us, not just at this time but for years to come.