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Extra attention needed on roadways this weekend

Special to the Courier

Bandera Marshal Charlie Hicks reminds motorists to pay extra attention while traveling this weekend due to the "Thunder in the Hills" Biker Rally taking place at Mansfield Park from Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7.

"This rally always attracts motorcyclists from other part of the state and nation, who may not be familiar with our city roadways and terrain," Hicks said. "There will be more cyclists on roads throughout the city and county this weekend."

When sharing state and county roadways with motorcycles, he urges everyone to remember:

• Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway.

• Approximately half of all motorcycle crashed involve another motor vehicle. Nearly 40 percent were caused by another vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist.

• Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile that other vehicles, making it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.

• Due to their smaller size, motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle's blind spot or missed in a quick glance. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic at an intersection.

• Allow more distance - three or four seconds - following a motorcycle so the cyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop or an emergency. In dry conditions, however, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.

Pictured: It'll be cycles, cycles and more cycles this weekend throughout the city and county. For road safety, follow the tips provided by Marshal Charlie Hicks.