May is typically recognized on a national level as motorcycle awareness month. This is the time of year where we start hitting the road again and so awareness simply means a reminder on how to share the road. Everyone has their responsibilities to ensure that we can all coexist and that everyone gets home alive.

To the riders - be aware of the fact that the city is working to clean up all the gravel left behind. Those puddles could be hiding one of two things; ice or potholes. Our streets seem to be in ruins right now and there are a lot of craters and road snakes out there. Most importantly though, for both safety and to lessen the hate of our community, be respectful on the roads. Watch your speed, don't stunt and for the love of god, no excessive noise just for the sake of making noise.

Note that you may be stopped to have your papers and safety inspections; this is routine for the month of May and nothing new. Be respectful and if you can, video and photograph everything. You are legally allowed to on public property and if something happens, you will have the evidence to bring to M.O.D.E.L. for help.

To the drivers - you have mirrors for a reason, please use them. Shoulder checking is also a helpful way to spot us as we are smaller. Please put down your phones and concentrate on the roads and your surroundings. Understand that there are times where we are going to speed up to get around you. Do not take offense, we are simply trying to get into a safer position. And with that, give us room, we stop much faster than you do so the changes of you rear ending a rider for crowding is pretty good.

All in all, we just want everyone to get home safe. Happy riding season!