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!

DeLand Bike RallyMarch 2020

On March 7, 2020, Ride Smart Florida attended the wildly popular DeLand Bike Rally in DeLand Florida. This annual event was host to hundreds of enthusiastic motorcyclists from around the state! The emphasis on conversations focused on continuing education through the pursuit of advanced rider training. Outreach staff directed riders to our “Endorsement and Beyond” Web site featuring FDOT subsidized Experienced Rider Courses (BRC2, UBBC, and ARC) that will be offered at various locations during May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Raising awareness of training programs, illustrating where some of the more common crashes occur, as well as educating riders on the dangers of drinking and riding were among the more common topics among booth visitors. In addition, Outreach staff partnered with nurses from the Halifax Health Medical Center promoting the many benefits of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign. The rally was well attended allowing Outreach team members to make contact with numerous participants who were previously unfamiliar with our mission of promoting rider safety.

Riva Motorsports Block PartyFebruary 2020

Members from the Ride Smart Florida Outreach Team partnered with staff from the Miami University Ryder Trauma Center and attended the RIVA Motorsports Block party and Motorcycle Show in Pompano Beach, Florida on February 29, 2020. Team members collected data and emphasized the importance of riding “SMART,” stressing the importance of wearing a properly fitted DOT compliant helmet and suitable riding gear on each and every ride. Members discussed traumatic brain injury and prevention in much detail. This particular event provided good exposure to younger sport bike riders as the event drew a significant number of riders in this demographic. Many exchanges centered around South Florida-specific challenges, lane splitting legality and defensive riding, as well as the pursuit and benefits of advanced rider training. Although still in its infancy, the RIVA Motorsports Block Party will no-doubt continue to grow and present opportunities for outreach with younger riders.

American Legion Safety Summit – February 2020

The 2020 American Legion Safety Summit was held February 7-8, 2020 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida met with this large group of riders in a safety-minded setting equipped with both the Ride Smart Florida Challenge questions, as well as with the Honda SMARTrainer simulator. Over 60 participants stopped by our booth to try their hand at the challenge. Additionally, outreach staff enticed others to try the Honda SMARTrainer. For their efforts, riders from around the state received reflective armbands, reflective helmet stickers, and watch for motorcycle bumper stickers to aid in rider conspicuity. The addition of the SMARTrainer at this event gave riders a chance to try their hand at responding to a variety of scenarios as they traveled along virtual streets and highways illustrating the importance of making the right decisions as they Search, Evaluate and Execute.

Ford Driving Skills for LifeJanuary 2020

 On January 25-26, 2020 outreach staff members from Ride Smart Florida attended the Ford Driving Skills for Life program at Manheim Orlando. Over 400 newly licensed teen drivers signed up to try their hand at skills practice covering various topics, such as hazard recognition, dangers of distracted and impaired driving, braking and stopping distance, and others under the skillful observation of professional instructors. Attendees learned how to scan for trouble and how to eliminate distractions. Outreach staff got the chance to interact with attendees and their parents in a fun, low stress environment to talk about motorcycle and scooter safety. It is our hope that that these teen drivers retain the behavior of watching for motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians in a concerted effort to help them make better decisions when they are behind the wheel.

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Bucs/Jags Fan Zone Events – December 2019

Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida attended three separate Fan Zone Events during the month of December 2019. Regardless of the event or location locals and travelers alike interacted with outreach staff to take part in the Ride Smart Florida Challenge: A motorcycle question and answer challenge developed to illustrate and educate attendees about Florida laws, crash data, and general topics as they relate to motorcycles. Over the course of the three events, approximately 150 participants took part in the challenge. Staff members distributed safety items and discussed single vehicle crashes, multi-vehicle crashes, distracted driving, and riding beyond one’s skill level. Several attendees were not motorcycle riders per say but indicated that they either had a family member who rides or knows someone who rides and could benefit from our information. Staff members advertised our URL and encouraged participants to spread the word about our Web site in the hopes to help others learn more about rider safety in Florida.

Vintage Motorcycle Meet-Up – December 2019

Outreach staff members setup at a Vintage Motorcycle Meet-Up on December 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nearly fifty riders from Broward and Miami-Dade Counties attended the event that attracted riders of all ages; some in their early 20s and those with decades of riding (and life!) experience. Various leaders were on-hand assisting and facilitating valuable conversations with attendees. Though this was a vintage motorcycle themed event, all types of motorcycles were represented, including cruisers, sport bikes and standards. Everyone in attendance received holiday-themed “gift bags” which included Ride Smart Florida emergency contact cards, reflective do not remove helmet stickers, and other safety related information. Outreach staff connected with several new folks in the South Florida riding community and guided them to the Ride Smart Florida Web site for safety item orders and for more information.

Ladies Garage Party – November 2019

On November 8, 2019, Harley-Davidson of Tampa hosted a Ladies Garage Party event where women riders and others interested in becoming riders enjoyed good food, making new friends, and learning activities associated with motorcycling. Outreach staff were on-hand to illustrate and educate attendees about Florida laws, crash data, and general motorcycle knowledge using the Ride Smart Florida Challenge. Attendees participating in the Challenge took away some new found knowledge and received reflective armbands, watch for motorcycle magnets and more! During the course of the evening the ladies got to try their hand at a Jumpstart experience, introducing them to clutch and throttle coordination and verbiage associated with rider training. They also participated in a seminar on Riding Academy, attended a Tech Talk with Service Department personnel, and partook in a hands-on session in Motor Clothes highlighting the benefits and demonstrating the safety aspects of the newest riding gear! Garage Party events are a great way to introduce new riders to the sport.

VCSO Skills Challenge – November 2019

Ride Smart Florida attended the Volusia County Sherriff’s Office Skills Challenge event on November 2, 2019. Outreach staff interacted with riders, rider’s families and others who were there to watch the competition. Standees were on display depicting common crash scenarios in Florida. Using this information we discussed single vehicle crashes on curves and some of the more significant factors, such as target fixation and riding beyond one’s skill level that contribute to these incidents. Educational conversations lead to Track Days and S.M.A.R.T. courses that teach techniques that riders can use to increase their knowledge and skills on the road. Attendees were directed to our Web site for S.M.A.R.T. course schedules, to place online orders, and for more information.

Biketoberfest 2019 – October 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019 kicked off this year’s four-day Biketoberfest with nice weather and crowds at the Daytona International Speedway. At this year’s event, our visitors were encouraged to wear a helmet and to spread the message to say no to drinking and riding. Attendees also got a chance to take the “Ride Smart Florida Challenge,” a random 6 question quiz, related to riding, crash data, Basic RiderCourse information, Florida laws, and general motorcycle knowledge. Florida residents, who answered their specific Challenge questions correctly, received a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing to win a hi-vis backpack. Partnering with the Halifax Health Trauma Unit, Registered Nurses were on-site to promote “Stop the Bleed” training and to help administer the Challenge. Motorcycle related trauma admissions information and charts were on display to illustrate the higher number of March and October motorcycle crashes in Volusia County. Conversations regarding the crash data and the Ride Smart Florida Challenge resulted in some highly enthusiastic discussions concerning what is happening on Florida’s roads and what riders can do about it.

Cycle Gear Bike Night – October 2019

Despite some inclement riding weather, the October 8, 2019 Cycle Gear Bike Night attracted riders picking up parts orders and shopping for new riding gear. Outreach staff interacted with 18 participants over the course of the evening including members of the Buffalo Soldiers and Latin American Motorcycle Association, LAMA groups. A few younger riders present were dirt bike riders who typically aren’t endorsed, but share the love of motorcycling in off-road venues and competition. Conversations about riding gear, helmet types, track days, and rider training were discussed in some detail. The event proved to be a casual and engaging experience as conversations with individual riders lasted for extended periods of time. Most interactions provided a segue into the discussion of our materials such as Track Day and S.M.A.R.T. Courses reinforcing the idea of seeking out and signing up for additional rider training.

Skilled Rider Course – September 2019

Harley-Davidson of Brandon was the setting for outreach staff to attend and assist in the instruction of a Skilled Rider Course, SRC on September 29, 2019. Area riders rode their own motorcycles during Harley-Davidson Riding Academy’s, HDRA’s 5-hour SRC course based on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, MSF’s BRC2 curriculum. Attendees signed up for this opportunity to improve their motorcycling strategies, skills and techniques. Range exercises, such as swerving and stopping quickly, coupled with the SRC’s in-class activities and discussion highlighting risk management are intended to sharpen both mental and riding skills. Following the post course wrap-up, riders completed advanced rider course surveys to help determine the path they took to acquire advanced rider training. For their efforts participants garnered Ride Smart Florida tire tread depth cards and reflective armbands to aid in pre-ride T-CLOCS inspections and rider conspicuity. Survey results indicate that this additional rider training was encouraged by peers and through club memberships.

FDOT Transportation Symposium – June 2019

Outreach staff members attended the FDOT Transportation Symposium in Orlando Florida in June 2019. It was a great event in which to have the Ride Smart Florida SMARTrainer and safety item setup. Outreach staff had very good exposure to traffic engineers and hopefully increased their awareness of motorcycle safety in their considerations of structures design, roadway design, and civil integrated management. Our materials piqued some interest as most attendees left our setup with brochures and CD-ROMs to assist them in learning more about how they could help motorcyclists in day-to-day engineering planning and procedures. Conversations with riders at the event encompassed advanced rider training, specifically S.M.A.R.T. Courses, and motorcycle crash scenarios that show up most often in our datasets. Although most visitors were not actual motorcyclists they related to our messages through either someone they knew or through the roadway engineering or construction zone hazards that riders can face.

Armed Forces Day – May 2019:

Kissimmee Lakefront Park was the setting for the 2019 USO Armed Forces Day fundraiser supporting Project:VetRelief. There were various vendors spread throughout the park, but by being motorcycle specific our booth setup had quite the niche with riders who visited the event. Survey results indicate that most people who visited our booth had never heard of Ride Smart Florida. In fact, many interactions at our booth demonstrated that we made contact with a more wide-ranging population than usual. Conversations with attendees included wearing helmets, advanced rider training, conspicuity, and crash scenarios that are common on Florida roads. Several attendees were excited to learn about S.M.A.R.T. Course offerings, especially those living near the Osceola location. Riders from the Vietnam Veterans American Legion Riders Chapter 10 stopped by, thanked us for being there, picked up brochures and agreed to help us spread the various messages we are touting.

Leesburg Bikefest – April 2019:

Outreach team members attended the Leesburg Bikefest April 26, 27 28, 2019 with a setup at Gator Harley-Davidson in Leesburg Florida. Over the course of the multi-day event, rider training, conspicuity, and motorcycle crash types provided traction for discussion. Standees depicting common crash trends sparked personal accounts that some riders have while riding on the street. Additionally, outreach staff members promoted our May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign, #LookForMe123 by raising awareness and gathering photos of attendees using our photo-frame button prop at the booth. Interactions were positive and riders were receptive to visiting Ride Smart Florida dot com to learn more about our “Endorsement and Beyond” Experienced Rider Training program being offered at various locations during the month of May. Outreach staff educated and engaged attendees by having them complete a rider training safety pledge and by distributing reflective armbands, emergency contact cards, tire tread depth cards, reflective tape and other crash-data related information promoting motorcycle safety awareness.

Tampa HOG Chapter Meeting – April 2019:

Ride Smart Florida attended the April 13, 2019 HOG chapter meeting at Tampa Harley-Davidson on Dale Mabry Highway. Outreach staff was on hand to educate and to spread the message about May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and to get the word out about our current rider training promotion “Endorsement & Beyond” for ERC training during the month of May. HOG chapter members engaged with questions and discussion concerning what’s happening on our public streets and highways. Most members agreed that riders can benefit from training exercises that are practiced on their own bike. It’s a great way for riders to take their endorsements to another level. The event was well attended and hopefully the presentation and interactions enticed some members to participate in an Experienced Rider Course.

12th Annual Motorcycle Safety Rally – April 2019:

Safety Officers from the 96th Test Wing and 53d Wing in cooperation with Ride Smart Florida and the Florida Rider Training Program participated in the 12th Annual Team Eglin Motorcycle Safety Rally on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Eglin Air Force Base. Outreach staff along with coalition members participated in this year’s event to support the Northwest Florida Active Duty military, DoD civilians, retired Military, DoD contractors and their dependents. The rally was very well attended as nearly 600 riders were on hand for a safety briefing and mentorship ride providing structured training and guidance to inexperienced riders. Outreach staff members were on-hand with information and safety items to help aid with conspicuity and also a SMARTrainer that certainly gave riders who tried it an experience they are sure to remember. The purpose of the event was to ensure that area motorcycle riders continue to think “Safety” and employ safe rider techniques every time they ride.

Gathering of the Wings – March 2019:

The 2019 Gathering of Wings Rally was held in Altamonte Springs Florida in Seminole County on March 21, 22 and 23, 2019. Ride Smart Florida attended the event with the Honda SMARTrainer. Event planners Kathy and Rick assisted us with the setup of our booth and GWRRA members assisted with manning our setup. The event was a great success as sixteen GWRRA Rally visitors got to try out the SMARTrainer and 58 people surveyed walked away with a pair of Ride Smart Florida reflective armbands to help them increase their conspicuity while out on the road.  Without a doubt, the addition of the SMARTrainer at the rally attracted a lot of attention. We had great interactions with safety-minded riders from all over the state who expressed the importance of wearing ‘all the gear, all the time’ ATGATT in addition to completing advanced motorcycle safety courses on a regular bi-annual basis.

DeLand Bike Rally – March 2019:

The 2019 DeLand Bike Rally was once again a great place for Ride Smart Florida to set up and interact with many Florida riders. Staff members partnered with registered nurse volunteers from the Halifax Health Trauma Department during the Rally to collect data and promote Ride Smart Florida safety messages. Volunteers assisted outreach staff  to spread the word about Bike Week and Biketoberfest, March and October, crash facts. On display was an attractive setup from Halifax Health, showing traumatic brain injury statistics during those events. Quite a few passersby stopped to discuss and take-in the information. Halifax staff also got the word out about their “Stop the Bleed” campaign and exchanged information with an anti-trafficking group interested in classes. Our team had many good conversations with riders helping us to spread the message of saying no to drinking and riding and being more visible out on the road. We collected over 100 surveys and had good, positive conversations promoting rider safety while distributing more than 100 of this year’s informational “Bike Week Magazines.” The DeLand Bike Rally continues to be a well-attended, fun-filled, family-friendly motorcycle event.

Cycle Gear Bike Night – February 2019:

Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida attended the February 12th Cycle Gear Bike Night at the Tampa Florida Avenue location. There were 28 participants throughout the evening and most were from our target audience: Sport Bike riders! Survey data was collected from 19 participants and reflective arm bands were provided to those who took our survey. Emergency contact cards along with additional rider training brochures were talked about and distributed during the event. Much of the group discussions revolved around NOT being a “squid” and the importance of wearing proper protective gear or PPE when riding. On the topic of PPE, store employees helped us get the word out by adding a few pairs of riding boots to our table that enticed friendly games of “boot-pong!” Additionally, Cycle Gear manager, Michael made some awesome chili and shared it with everyone who visited. Overall, Cycle Gear bike nights seem to be growing in popularity with members from several Tampa Bay area riding groups. With food, fun, and friends, these events attract sport bike riders with whom we can share and distribute our safety items and core “key” safety messages.

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3rd Annual Tailgate with the Bucs – December 2018:

Ride Smart Florida attended the third annual Motorcycle Tailgate with the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. This year’s event was somewhat hampered by wind and rain, but die-hard motorcyclists from around the state showed up in the Lot 14 parking area complete with a pickup truck chase vehicle containing tailgating articles including a tent, coolers, and Bucs gear to cheer on their favorite team. Locals and riders from as far away as New Smyrna Beach hung out under the tent discussing riding gear, riding in the rain, as well as, visibility and common mistakes made by riders approaching intersections. This close-knit group of Bucs fan motorcyclists discussed at length what’s happening on Florida’s roads and the importance of seeking additional rider training. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and food was provided by Publix. A fourth Annual Tailgate with the Bucs is planned for next year and Ride Smart Florida outreach team members look forward to attending this fun-filled Fan Zone event.

Biketoberfest – October 2018:

Ride Smart Florida outreach team members attended the 2018 Biketoberfest event in Daytona Beach Florida. Throughout the four-day event, outreach team members worked with Brand Ambassadors to collect iPad survey data in various locations around the event. Many Florida residents took part in activities for a hi-vis Ride Smart Florida t-shirt while others increased their safety and conspicuity with a pair of Ride Smart Florida reflective armbands. Others picked up reflective tape and reflective “Do Not Remove” helmet stickers to embellish their gear and motorcycles. Our booth setup located at the Daytona Motor Speedway was comprised of informational standees and four tables complete with reflective safety items, various informational pamphlets, and up-to-date crash data on display. Additionally, a Brand Ambassador team worked with us this year to demonstrate Fatal Vision Goggles and to collect iPad data. Ride Smart Florida team members were on-hand to educate, answer questions, and collect data from more than 350 participants during the event. Staff members interacted with participants from various counties throughout the state, as well as with many out of state visitors at the event.

Osceola Skills Challenge – October 2018:

Staff members from the Ride Smart Florida outreach team attended the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Skills Challenge in Kissimmee Florida. At this event we had a superb setup right next to the registration table with good foot traffic from attendees and on-site staff members. With fantastic weather everyone present was in high spirits. Due to the nature of a riding competition participants were out to do their best for the spectators as well as for each other. And that they did! There were two groups of riders and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place for various limited and timed courses. We collected survey data from those present and provided many participants with Ride Smart Florida reflective armbands to help make themselves and their bikes more visible to motorists.

14th Annual USO Benefit Ride – September 2018:

Ride Smart Florida team members set up a booth at Orlando Harley South for the USO Motorcycle Benefit Ride, one of the best and largest fund-raising events of its kind. This year’s mission was to show the men and women in our Armed Forces that Central Florida’s motorcycle community has not forgotten their sacrifices by thanking them for the job they do by supporting the Greater Jacksonville USO “Care Package Program.” With more than 300 in attendance, Ride Smart Florida collected survey data and interacted with attendees about the importance of helmet usage, wearing protective gear, saying no to drinking and riding, and getting proper training. Conversations with attendees at this event were mostly positive and uplifting. Everyone involved came together in a like-minded fashion in support of our troops and their families.

Summerfried and Countryfried Festival – September 2018:

Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida attended a community event called the “Summerfried and Countrified” Festival at Linda Pedersen Park in Spring Hill, Florida for some of the best country music and southern rock artists in the Tampa Bay area. Summerfried and Countrified provided a venue for patrons from all walks of life and gave our team members the opportunity to interact with bikers and non-bikers alike. Attendees’ present took time to stop and read the important crash scenario messages printed on our standees and served to help us get our message out to more car drivers and motorcyclists alike.

Tampa Bay Area Riders – August 2018:

Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida attended several Tampa Bay Area Riders Bike Nights at the Brewlands Billiards in Hillsborough County during the month of August. These events typically draw between 30 to 70 riders anad attendance is made up of mostly sport bike riders who are enticed to attend by peers on Facebook and by getting their name entered in a drawing hosted by the organizers of the group. Conversations with outreach staff include various bike models and modifications, safety gear, saying no to drinking and riding, and length of riding time. One meetup sparked a lively discussion related to lane splitting in Florida. All in all, these events attract a younger group sport bike riders with whom we can share our safety items and messages.

Quaker Steak and Lube – July 2018:

Outreach staff from Ride Smart Florida attended the Quaker Steak and Lube Bike Night in Pinellas Park Florida. This event allowed for meaningful conversations about riders’ personal riding experiences and how reflection on those experiences can illustrate what can happen while riding. There were approximately 80 to 100 bikers in attendance with a few visitors from out of state. Most conversations involved of helmet use, along with conspicuity and near miss incidents, as were, training and the dangers of stunting on public roadways. Sharing riding experiences and distributing safety related materials in a learner-centered manner serves as an upshot at any event.

Leesburg Bikefest – April 2018:

Outreach team members set up a booth at Gator Harley-Davidson’s Leesburg Bikefest Kickoff party where we were one of 30 vendors available to the public. Over the course of four days, legions of bikers rumbled in to the fields surrounding the dealership while riders and passengers alike strolled through our booth to talk about motorcycles. Conspicuity and motorcycle crash types provided us with a lot of traction for discussion. Our standees and crash trend handouts sparked conversations and personal stories about experiences some riders have while riding on the street. Additionally, we created business card-sized advertisements for our May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign and interacted with the downtown crowd directing people to our Web site and social media outlets for our #MotorcycleFatalityFree123 campaign. Interactions were positive and riders were receptive to the messages to always wear a DOT compliant helmet, to never drink and ride, and to make themselves more visible to motorists. As evidenced by the increase in number of people ordering safety materials and yard signs and others redirecting riders and passengers in-person to our booth setup at the event, the advertising and outreach efforts do indeed work! With lots of attendees and great weather, this was a good event to spread the Ride Smart Florida message.

Shakes, Rattles, Rides, & Rods – April 2018:

Team members from Ride Smart Florida’s outreach effort attended the 4th Annual Shakes, Rattles, Rides, & Rods event in Brandon Florida. This fundraising event served to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Frances J. Zesiewicz Center for Parkinson’s disease at the University of South Florida. Team members had an opportunity to collect data and communicate one-on-one with motorcycle riders, passengers, and enthusiasts about motorcycle safety, rider conspicuity, and rider training. Many attendees took part in group rides originating in Gibsonton, Plant City, and the Tampa Bay area. This fundraising venue was a terrific place for Ride Smart Florida to interact with the public and have conversations with those who share a passion for motorcycles and for helping others.

Woman’s Day Conference – April 2018:

As the communication and outreach extension of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition, Ride Smart Florida worked closely with coalition members to provide an active engagement presentation at the 13th Annual Women’s Day Conference in Leesburg Florida. Ride Smart Florida staff worked with a team of health care professionals from Orlando Health to provide a presentation with hands-on activities covering the ABCs of bleeding. This presentation provided valuable information on how to stop bleeding after an injury: The number one cause of preventable death from trauma. The information was well received by this enthusiastic group of women motorcycle riders. Everyone involved earned a certificate for the completion of a basic skills demonstration and exposure to bleeding control techniques. We now have over 70 more people in the riding community with raised awareness of basic actions to help stop life threatening bleeding.

Deland Bike Rally – March 2018:

The 2018 Deland Bike Rally was well attended with an estimated crowd of 20,000 and the weather couldn’t have been nicer! Outreach team members worked throughout the day and took the opportunity to communicate with participating bikers about all things related to motorcycle safety. Helmets, riding gear, and rider training were talked about in much detail and were supplemented with training brochures and safety items designed to increase rider conspicuity. Personal accounts were received on being diligent in traffic and how techniques learned in a S.M.A.R.T. Course helped riders who encountered similar situations on the road. Outreach staff collected rider information data and promoted the message “Drink + Ride = Lose” throughout the event.

6th Annual Osceola Law Ride – February 2018:

Ride Smart Florida attended the sixth anniversary of the Osceola Law Ride in Kissimmee Florida sponsored by the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. There were approximately 300 to 400 people present with many attending the actual 50-mile escorted ride. Kissimmee fire department was on hand with two ladder trucks and a large American flag to mark the start of the ride. Members from the Buffalo Soldiers group were also present to help support the cause. We collected survey data from Florida residents and out-of-state riders alike. Many riders stopped by to thank us for our continuing efforts to raise motorcycle safety awareness, educate the public, and help aid with conspicuity with safety items that help riders be seen. Reflective arm bands and reflective tape were very popular items among attendees at this event. We also heavily advertised advanced rider training through S.M.A.R.T. courses taught at Sherriff’s Departments in Gainesville, Osceola, and Tallahassee.

Motorcycle Expo Bike Builder Invitational – February 2018:

Ride Smart Florida’s outreach team setup a booth at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Clearwater for the 2018 Full Throttle Bike Builder Invitational event. Our setup was highly visible to the public including motorists and bikers who traveled along 49th street which is an extremely busy street in Pinellas County. At this 3-day event, Ride Smart Florida messages were discussed in depth with visitors and included being visible in traffic, saying no to drinking and riding, getting trained, and always riding with a DOT compliant helmet. Conversations with attendees involved interactions and personal stories shared with SET Team members throughout each day. Several sport bikers who stopped by the booth were very interested in additional training and the Track Day program. Staff members acquired approximately 200 surveys with the majority of booth visitors completing a five question quiz related to riding. This event was a huge success as many our safety items were distributed and statistical data disseminated through interactions with riders from around the state. In addition, Ride Smart Florida team members received a beautiful trophy at this year’s event.

Car & Motorcycle Show Family Fun Fair – January 2018:

Ride Smart Florida’s outreach team members attended the Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach to participate in a Car and Motorcycle Family Fun Fair event to raise money for charity. There were over 300 people present to help the cause. The local Ford Mustang club, the Big Red Bus, the Palm Beach County SWAT Team, along with Ride Smart Florida were present to meet and greet the public. We distributed Motorcycle Safety Fun Books to parents and children at this event and were able to talk directly with motorcyclists who rode in to the event. Ride Smart Florida distributed reflective safety items, emergency contact cards, and advanced training brochures to help educate the public with the hope to make Florida motorcyclists safer.

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2nd Annual Motorcycle Only Tailgate – December 2017:

Team members from Ride Smart Florida attended a motorcycle-only tailgate at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Tampa Bay Bucs administration hosted the event for the second time and provided discounted game tickets, food, a live DJ, in a parking area set up especially for motorcyclists. This fan-zone event served as a motorcycle-only tailgate zone in Parking Lot #14 for motorcycle riders who rode in to attend the game. The Ride Smart Florida team members were set up in this area and were successful in talking directly with many bikers, distributing safety items, and gathering survey data at this event. Most people involved seemed eager to plan another motorcycle-only tailgate sometime next season.

Biketoberfest – October 2017:

Ride Smart Florida attended Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach Florida. Team members worked throughout the four-day event with not only iPad surveys, but also a helmet raffle give-away. Florida residents who took part in our survey were automatically eligible for an entry into a free helmet prize drawing. Additionally, by taking a short quiz and earning a 100%, participants could garner a second entry into the sweepstakes to increase their odds of winning. Over 220 participants took part in this activity with others increasing their safety and conspicuity with reflective armbands. Others earned one of our Ride Smart Florida hi-vis t-shirts and reflective tape to embellish their gear and motorcycles. Our booth setup was comprised of two tents and four tables complete with various safety items. Five Ride Smart Florida team members were on-hand to educate, answer questions, and collect data from more than 300 surveys during the event. Staff members interacted with participants from various counties throughout the state, as well as with many out of state visitors at the venue.

SMART Skills Challenge – October 2017:

An Osceola Sheriff’s Department SMART Skills Challenge Event was held in Osceola county Florida. This skills challenge event was open to the public and served to bring together experienced civilian riders on all types of street legal motorcycles in a competitive environment. Attendees were eager to discuss motorcycle safety and interacted with officers and Ride Smart Florida team members during the event. Competitors got the chance to ride through challenging cone patterns without knocking over or touching cones thus allowing them to put an emphasis on rider control and ultimately rider safety. The courses were designed to push the limits of every motorcycle rider’s capabilities.

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!