“This is a Petition to be presented to the Government of Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Motorcycling Community and Concerned Citizens, to improve Motorcycle Safety and Awareness on all roadways within our beautiful Province.
The Nova Scotia Motorcycling Community is an active and vibrant part of our Society and is growing in numbers each year. Presently, there are more than 27,000 motorcyclists in Nova Scotia. Motorcyclists come from all segments of our Society and most Motorcycle Clubs, Groups, and Organizations are Charity driven, with hundreds of thousands of dollars raised each year in Nova Scotia for various Charities, directly resulting from the efforts of the Motorcycle Community and their supporters.
The Nova Scotia Motorcycling Community is also responsible for the influx of thousands of Tourists into our Province each year and millions of dollars into the economy through major events such as the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby and the Thunder in the Highlands BikeFest on Cape Breton Island.
With the annual increase in numbers of motorcycles on our roads, the incidents of accidents resulting in life altering injury and death appear to increase as well. This is a serious situation that can be reversed and we believe it is not only the responsibility of the Motorcycle Community, but of the Government of Nova Scotia as well, to take measures to ensure our roadways are safer.
In view of the foregoing, we, the Members of the Motorcycling Community and Concerned Citizens, have signed this Petition to implore the Government of Nova Scotia to accept the following recommendations:
To provide and publish Public Service Announcements promoting Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, to be aired throughout the riding season (April 1st through December 1st)
To provide and install triangle shaped signage, yellow with black lettering, along our roadways, stating “Watch for Motorcycles”. This will serve as a reminder to drivers to be more observant and riders to be more diligent.
To track rider experience and training of those motorcyclists involved in reportable accidents to determine the future requirements of Motorcycle Training. This can be accomplished by amending the Accident Report Forms utilized by Police throughout the Province.
To incorporate more information regarding Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in the Drivers handbook for new drivers and include question(s) relating to Motorcycle Safety and Awareness in the written test for drivers of all vehicle classes.
To erect large signs at the entry point to the Province, yellow with black lettering, stating “Look Twice – Save A Life Motorcycles Are Everywhere”. This will notify visitors to our Province that motorcycle traffic is abundant and visiting Riders will readily see that we are a Motorcycle Friendly Province.
In respect to the Consultant’s report on the hazards prevalent along the Grand Lake Road area of Sydney, in particular the Grand Lake Road-Kytes Hill Drive locale, we request that efforts by made by the Province to hurry the submission of this report and engage in the immediate implementation of the recommendations in that report. This area is under Provincial Jurisdiction and is the scene of a number of serious motor vehicle accidents and in particular two serious automobile/motorcycle collisions that have resulted in the death of one motorcyclist and the serious injury of the other, in recent months.
To recognize Bikers Down Society as the official Lobby Group for Motorcyclists in Nova Scotia. This will provide a seasoned and responsible body of experienced Motorcyclists to liaison between the Government and Riding Community.”Sign the Petition here….
Biker’s Down is hosting a fundraising auction this November 25th at Dave Dolittles, Tacoma Drive in Dartmouth. The bidding starts at 5pm! Come on out and support your fellow Nova Scotian bikers! $10 adminssion gets you 5 chicken wings and a draft or pop!
UPDATE ON DESTINY RIDE: The weather forecast has changed to what appears to be much heavier rain than originally expected so Bikers Down Society has decided, for the safety of all riders, to postpone the ride until next Saturday, Oct. 6. Everything else remains the same. Long range forecast for next weekend is looking good!
Can’t make the ride? Here is the account information to give to Destiny direct: You can donate to any Scotia Bank – Transit #50203 – Account #0058718-Benefit for Destiny.This way it goes directly to the family.
This beautiful young child needs our help! Her name is Destiny Kemmis and she is 4 yrs old. She lives in Digby, NS. She recently had open heart surgery and requires another one as soon as she she can. In the meantime, her medicine alone is up to $200.00 a month (not counting the trips to the IWK in Halifax or to the Valley Regional Hospital). The family has to pay all these expenses as the Province and her mothers Insurance at work does not pay for it. This little Angel also has NOONAN SYNDROME. She was chosen to come into our lives so that we could indeed help her – because it is The Biker way.
We will be holding a Destiny Ride 2012 on October 6th which will leave from Riding In Style leather 512 Sackville Dr Lr Sackville AND one from Digby. Both rides will meet in Kingston at a location which we will let you know when it is confirmed. Registration is $5 for the ride and a BBQ for us all to meet. Also pledge sheets are available at Riding In Style Leather or you can download one below. All people are welcome – Bikers and non Bikers.
Thank you in advance for your support. This event is Hosted by Bikers Down.
A few ToadStock updates:
The clock is ticking down – only a few more sleeps until the party of the year – Toadstock! We have added a People’s Choice Show ‘n Shine this year from 6-8 on Sat. No cost to enter your bike, voters will make their choice by throwing a loonie (or more) into a can next to your bike so if you really want to win, bring friends with lots of money! The money collected will of course go into the Bikers Down fund but the winner will receive a nice prize! Registration will be at the Toadstock site.
For those of you bringing motorhomes/trailers up on Friday night, please understand that we have to keep things very low key as we have only technically rented the premises for Sat/Sun. We hope to be able to use this site again next year and make it a two night event.
Good news – we checked the website and the NSLC in Middle Musquodoboit (about 1/2 mile from Toadstock site) is open until 9pm on Saturday! Remember there is food available for purchase onsite, and Biker’s Down will be putting on a free pancake breakfast on Sunday, but this is a BYOB affair!
We’ll see you at TOADSTOCK!
The Biker’s Down Society is putting together a live auction and we are looking for donated items to auction off. They don’t necessarily have to be bike-related either. We are looking for quality items to raise money for our great cause. We’re putting the word out there, and are really hoping some of the local and regional Bike Clubs will heed our call.
A total of $12,500 was given out to biker’s in need this year alone! Each year we strive to raise more so we can continue to help our brothers and sisters in need. Remember, Biker’s Down does not discriminate by make or model or club or affiliation. We help ALL biker’s who have been injured in accidents get back on their feet during the hard times after an accident. In fact, one of our recent recipients rides a scooter!
We’d appreciate your support in whatever manner works best for you. Please contact us if you have an auction item to donate, or if you have any other questions about us or our cause. And spread the word! Share, tweet, bookmark, and get in touch!
Biker’s helping biker’s, it’s what we’re all about!
We had our Biker’s Down AGM last night, and would like you to know that 2011 has been a banner-year for our organization.
A total of $12,500 was given out to biker’s in need this year alone!
The board would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support for this GREAT cause!!
Keep it up Nova Scotia. Biker’s helping biker’s, it’s what we’re all about!
For those who missed it, Biker’s Down and ToadStock was featured on a recent episode of Biker TV. Check it out!! (From 7:34 – 13:54)