Outreach

Ride Smart Florida attends bike events, rallies and bike nights around the state to connect riders to safety resources. Check out our calendar and stop at our tent for more safety information, tips, and items!

Leesburg Rally – April 2017

Representatives of Ride Smart Florida attended the Gator Harley-Davidson Leesburg Bikefest Event in Leesburg, Florida, in April 2017. Team members administered iPad surveys and rewarded participants with reflective armbands and took photos of participants with signed safety pledges for t-shirts. Two tents and three tables were set up with various safety items for booth visitors to take. Several visitors “liked” us on Facebook to earn one a Ride Smart Florida reflective t-shirt. Four Ride Smart Florida staff members were on hand who worked two days and collected more 200 iPad surveys. More than 120 t-shirts were awarded for signed safety pledges, Facebook likes, and shared Facebook posts. Team members got to interact with participants in a more concentrated area without the noise and distractions of a downtown venue.

Cycle Gear Bike Night – April 2017

Cycle Gear Bike Nights are booming! About 28 participants attended, and most were Sport Bike riders. Ride Smart Florida was one of several vendors present, and everyone attending wore proper protective riding gear both entering and exiting the event. Signed safety pledges were collected from 18 participants, and most who filled out a safety pledge selected “I always wear a helmet when I ride” shirts. Reflective arm bands and emergency contact cards along with Motorcycle Violations Checklists were popular among attendees. Cycle Gear employees helped get the word out by posting some of Ride Smart Florida’s May is Motorcycle Awareness Month posters on their properties. Bike Nights at Cycle Gear are growing in popularity and will be more heavily advertised going forward.

Woman’s Day Conference – April 2017:

The 12th annual Women’s Day Conference at Gator Harley-Davidson in Leesburg, Florida, was well organized, with about 50 participants in attendance representing several women’s riding groups across the state. Ride Smart Florida presented a safety message with interactive activities on two trouble spots for motorcyclists: intersections and curves. The presentation emphasis illustrated using proper entry speed for curves and what to do when approaching intersections to try and stay safe. Additionally, guests learned about T-CLOCS and the value of performing pre-ride checks. Interactive activities highlighted three groups of factors that can add up to trouble for a motorcyclist: rider factors, motorcycle factors, and environment factors. The activities served to drive home the point that there are many factors that can cause an incident and that riders have control over two of the three groups of factors. It also stimulated some discussion on loading a bike with luggage properly, group riding, and tire maintenance. Participants at the event were challenged to go out and spread our message!

Deland Bike Rally – March 2017:

The Deland Bike Rally attracted an estimated 40 to 50,000 attendees with many Florida residents. The Ride Smart Florida booth setup area brought lots of visitors who showed a keen interest in reflective tape and training brochures. Additionally, Ride Smart Florida’s arm bands were extremely popular, with green the most popular color and orange a close second. Overall, conversations and comments from attendees were good. Many indicated appreciation for what Ride Smart Florida is doing in the state.

Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Builder Expo – February 2017:

The 2017 Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Builder Invitational event has gotten larger every year, drawing in a few thousand attendees, most of whom are Florida residents. The Ride Smart Florida tent attracted many interested participants who talked about their personal riding experiences. Some elaborated on great rides they have had or actual crashes they had experienced. Other conversations consisted of how to corner properly, which is where many single vehicle motorcycle accidents occur. Safety pledges were signed by those who could identify personally with the commitments on the pledges. Surveys were taken for armbands. Many attendees thanked us for what we do across the state.

Thunder By The Bay – January 2017:

The 2017 Thunder By The Bay rally, a two-day event, typically is very well attended and usually draws crowds in the tens of thousands. Despite the rainy and cold weather, this year’s event was well-received. The weather prompted Ride Smart Florida team members to discuss with visitors riding in cold, rainy weather, allowing talking points geared towards preventing hypothermia by dressing in layers and wearing appropriate cold weather riding gear, as well as reflexes and reaction time. Conspicuity or being seen in dreary, cloudy, weather provided the opportunity to have conversations about bright, reflective riding gear and to offer sets of reflective armbands for survey data. Some visitors were interested in additional rider training, which also provided the opportunity to distribute rider training brochures that advertise SMART training courses throughout the state. No motorcycle rally is complete without music, food, stunt shows, and Ride Smart Florida!