Back in the day Queen Latifah and Monie Love had a socially uplifting hit called “Ladies First”. Along the same lines of social awareness, a dedicated and equally conscientious band of female riders in the DMV are choosing to put “Safety First” with an annual Female Safety Seminar.
The Female Safety Seminar, brainchild of Michelle Jenkins (Sniper) of Millennium Sport Riders, was launched in 2007 with full support from Bill Gash, General Manager of Clinton Cycles in Clinton, MD.
“When I began riding, I noticed other female riders had limited knowledge of their bikes and how to perform basic inspections and most of all, how to ride properly” says Sniper. “The cost of not knowing the basics of your machine and how to respect it and it’s capabilities are far too high” she continued passionately. With this in mind, Sniper was motivated to create an opportunity to help her sister riders (new and experienced) to learn and share information.
The seminar has steadily grown with a noticeable breakthrough within the past two years with more men actively participating. What makes this seminar so informative and successful is the information comes directly from trusted female riders in the community with their real-world experience.
For instance, Platinum Dreams’ PRO and Road Captain “Smiley” (a Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Respiratory Therapist at Georgetown University Hospital) shared her experience on avoiding Road Rash.
“Peppa”, an independent rider and retired police officer spoke on “knowing your rights” while FLIRT’s President and Founder “Rage” spoke on braking techniques and knowing your bike. Other topics included throttle control, riding gear, moving your bike and proper tire pressure from MD Rebels’ Daughter Chapter and Hot Commodities.
Looking ahead, topics will include a riding obstacle course similar to the Motor Safety Foundation’s course, all within a controlled environment with certified instructors.
Much respect to them all for putting Ladies and Safety First.
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