SYRACUSE — At noon Saturday, April 13, 40 bikers from near and far kicked up their stands at Louie’s Bar and Grill to begin the third annual Fall Riders Memorial Ride to promote motorcycle safety and spread distracted driving awareness.
“We’ve been doing this since it started,” said Teresa Athell. “It’s good people, good ride, and a good cause.”
The ride was organized in honor of Erik (Doc) Mounsey, who was 20-years-old when he was involved in a fatal accident where distracted driving was involved, though the ride honors fallen riders everywhere.
“We are truly honored to be a part of this mission, which is exactly what this is,” commented Chrissy Maloyed, Shadow Entertainment Midwest. “A mission to remind people to share the roads with motorcycles, the importance of distracted driving and the impact that it makes.
“Safety while operating any motorized vehicle should be a priority in all of our daily lives. It takes a split second of distraction to take someone’s life, including your own.”
The 80-mile ride circled back to Louie’s where live music, raffles and a variety of other activities were held. Funds donated will go to five local high schools and assist driver’s education for kids unable to afford it.
To contribute to the cause may send donations to Wawasee High School Principal Kim Nguyen with Fallen Rider Memorial Ride in the label.
Nguyen added, “This is a nice benefit. They donate the money, which offsets the costs of driver’s ed and sometimes we’re able to sponsor kids to get them the education they need. I like that we’re teaching kids to be aware of little vehicles like motorcycles that are around them and promoting safety.”