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!

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 received a beautiful trophy for being a sponsor of 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.

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!