Day: May 1, 2021

Motorcycle riders urged to sign up for free course during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Virginia State Police is once again offering its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth in the coming weeks.

The free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow current riders the opportunity to learn and practice rider safety, how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation and much more. The courses are conducted by Virginia State Police Motors Troopers in a safe environment.

“The sun is out and the beautiful weather is calling Virginia’s motorcycling community to our highways,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police. “Rider safety is of the utmost importance, as riding a

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2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally resulted in ‘widespread’ transmission of COVID-19

STURGIS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – A new study says the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally resulted in “widespread transmission” of the coronavirus across the United States, and directly linked the event to hundreds of cases across dozens of states.

The study, published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, linked the rally to 649 cases in 29 states – including one death.

Over 400,000 people attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last August despite concerns that it would serve as a superspreader event. The report noted South Dakota implemented few COVID-19 restrictions on businesses during the pandemic, and that no mask mandates were in effect during the rally.

To perform the study, CDC researchers requested lab and coronavirus tracking data related to the rally from all 50 states, as well as health departments from Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Thirty-nine health departments responded to the

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Motorcycle tour from Phoenix honors missing, murdered Indigenous women

A group of Native American women kicked off a motorcycle tour carrying four ribbon skirts representing missing and murdered Indigenous women in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon.

Organized by the Medicine Wheel Ride, it’s the start of a journey across the nation over the next year to build awareness and support around unsolved crimes involving kidnapping, sex trafficking, domestic violence and murder of Native women and girls.

Members of the Medicine Wheel Ride and the Phoenix Indian Center gathered at the “No More Stolen Sisters” mural near Roosevelt and First streets, which has become a symbol of the movement.

The Phoenix Indian Center presented the four ribbon skirts and donated 100 bandannas reading “No more stolen relatives” to be passed out at their destination, International Female Ride Day in San Diego on Saturday.

The Diné Urban Voices, a performance group that sings in Navajo, sang a blessing for the group before

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