THE REV LIMITER: VIOLET STARS... more dangerous riding situation than a person in a vehicle stereotyping a most likely innocent motorcyclist as a low life bike rebel. Fear and misinformation can lead to deadly situations that us as riders must be aware of. While the current “state of the streets” is depressing and complicated, there are positive steps we can take as a community to distance ourselves from the current stigma. The first and most important is communication. Communication with the police, public officials and the general public. I always have positive stuntriding facts to speak about with the police to try and show them our side of the story. Clearly not all officers are open minded, but if you keep trying you will find one who will listen. The more officers who have a positive experience with a stunter, the more thoughtful they will be in future altercations. It’s all about
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humanizing yourself. We are not criminals, we are athletes enjoying our hobby. After police, public officials are another place to develop advocates. Go to town meetings, discuss legal stunt spots... even if you don’t get one, you will show due diligence and hopefully educate them about stunt riding. Then we have the public mindset to change and that comes through positive PR. Legal and professional stunt shows, charity rides, articles, books, blogs and other media projects can get our side of the story out there. And finally, as they say, be the change you want to see in the world. Who do you stereotype and not really listen to? Let’s let our love of motorcycles not only make us better people but make the world a more positive and safe place.
Published on Apr 29, 2014