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Motorcyclists Gear Up For 'Ride to Work Day'

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You may have noticed a lot more bikes and scooters on the road, something riders hope you are on the lookout for while behind the wheel.

The North Dakota DOT and Abate of North Dakota are promoting the 22nd annual ride to work day--by encouraging safety on and around two wheels.

The weather often determines which vehicle riders take to work.

"I usually make that decision when I get outside, to be honest with you, it's like which vehicle, and boy the bike sounds like a good time today." says Lonnie Bertsch

Riding conditions are more than favorable which goes well for the 22nd annual ride to work day.

"If you like to ride, it doesn't matter if it's work or pleasure, you just like to ride, and I like to ride." says Dan Vondrachek, sales manager, avid rider.

Fireside sales manager Dan Vondrachek says 80 percent of the riding he does is for work.

"For me, the riding I do, 10 to 12,000 miles a year, I want something that's comfortable." says Vondrachek.

Here's an uncomfortable statistic:

In 2012, According to the Department of Transportation, there were 263 crashes involving motorcycles in North Dakota.

"It doesn't stop me, it does make me more aware from my surroundings, safety issues, looking out for the other guy." says Vondrachek.

"I think people just need to be more cautious when they get to those high traffic areas..." says Lonnie Bertsch, rider coach.

Lonnie Bertsch rides across the state to spread safety education.

"You should wear high visibility clothing, reflective vests, things like that really make a difference..." says Bertsch.

Riders often gear up for more than just the freedom of the ride.

"Every class we ask why do you want to learn how to ride motorcycle, just about everybody says it's fun and it saves me money and gas." says Bertsch.

Benefits that come in handy on the way to and from work, and everything in between.

"I have gone to work by way of New Salem before and have gone home by way of Sterling, it's just relaxing, gets your thoughts gathered for the day, stress-reliever." says Bertsch.

"I'd say a bad day on a bike is better than a good day in a car!" says Vondrachek.

For more information on North Dakota Motorcycle Safety programs, check out www.ndmsp.com

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