Last weekend, BikerDown hosted two Accident Scene Management classes the better prepared 38 people should they ever witness a motorcycle accident.
Thanks to The O’Sullivan Law Firm, BikerDown recently benefitted from another motorcycle giveaway! Starting last spring, hundreds of people registered to win the bike and, in the process, they also learned about our important nonprofit. Then, on Saturday, September 23, we all gathered at Erico Motorsports to see who would ride away on a new motorcycle. Everyone was so excited!
Scott O’Sullivan said, “This contest is all about raising awareness for BikerDown. They do so many great things for the riding community in Colorado and we want more riders to know about them and support them. Sponsoring this giveaway is one way to introduce more people to this fantastic nonprofit organization.”
The Giveaway Event
Over 100 people braved the driving rain to gather at Erico Motorsports to witness the final stage of the Triumph Motorcycle Contest. In addition to the 10 pre-qualifiers drawn from advance registrations, we drew another 10 names from those who came to the event. That meant 20 people would have a set of keys to try to start the bike.
We lined up the 20 qualifiers, they drew keys and attempted to start the bike. And the winner was…..
John West! And the best part was, John really needed this bike! His motorcycle was recently totaled in an accident!
“When I won, all I could think was, ‘Oh, my God! This is real!’” John told me. “I was so excited I couldn’t stop my hands from shaking.”
And how did BikerDown benefit? In addition to the exposure to hundreds of new riders that the organization received over the past six months, BikerDown received cash donations at the event.
I have a feeling that Scott and The O’Sullivan Law Firm will continue supporting our organization with giveaways. If you’d like to be included on their mailing list, contact them at [Chere, how should they do this?] You never know… you could be the next big winner!
By early June of 2017, BikerDown had already received 42 help requests from injured riders and their families. Of those, 15 were from out of state. We helped those riders connect to other accident survivors, pay for rent, find medical equipment and generally provide BikerDown love and support.
I’m blown away by how many bikers are being hit by cars making left-hand turns. It has to be due to distracted driving. One of our calls was from a biker who was hit by a car and the rider lost a leg due to the accident. While he was still in the hospital, we introduced him to Randy of Randy’s Run for Fallen Bikers. Randy, who also lost his leg in an accident, went to the hospital to meet this newly injured rider and to provide much-needed support.
Randy was able to show this rider that life was not over. The rider and his family desperately needed this support.
We also received a call from a rider who was in Grand Junction and was hit by a car. Calls also came in from Texas, California and Arizona. Four riders lost their legs in May alone! The lost appendages happen as a result of car drivers making left-hand turns in front of bikers. When they cross in front of the biker, who has little or no time to react, the biker is often hit on their leg or their bike falls on their leg.
If a biker is riding legally and calmly down a road and a car makes a left-hand turn right into him, what options does he have? Or if he’s sitting at a stop light and a car runs right into the back of him, what are his options? None. Even at 15 miles per hour, the biker will sustain significant damage to his bike and body.
It’s just mind-blowing to me how many cars run right into bikers. Again, I believe this is due to distracted driving. If you’re fooling with your phone or GPS, reaching for food, or yelling at your kids in the rear-view mirror, you’re distracted.
BikerDown is Always in Need of Your Support
Recently, we paid one month’s worth of rent for a biker whose savings were wiped out by his medical bills. In order to provide all of the support we do, we rely heavily on gifts and grants from others.
Luckily, we recently received approximately $22,000 from a BreadBoost contest. Thanks to several very generous supporters, including Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, we made it through two rounds of the contest and our winnings were high!
We are also in the running for a $5,000 grant from the Granger Foundation.
I am seeking more and more grants to help fund our important work. However, we also rely on individuals like you for support. Please consider becoming a member of BikerDown or simply make a gift in support of our efforts. I promise that I put every dollar to good use in support of your fellow riders!
Meet Us at Pikes Peak Bike Week
Last but not least, have you heard about the giant new bike event being launched in Fountain, CO from June 21 through 25? The O’Sullivan Law Firm, which is a supporter of BikerDown, is sponsoring the event, called Pikes Peak Bike Week (PPBW), and it’s going to be huge! BikerDown is going to have a booth there with all kinds of prizes, freebies and other fun stuff.
Highlights of the event include:
- Amazing Concerts!
- Lynyrd Syknyrd
- Blue October
- Gin Blossoms
- Trent Harmon
- Frankie Ballard
- Breathtaking Rally Rides Through the Colorado Rockies
- A Builders Showcase Garage
- Live Auctions
- Much, much more
Visit Our Booth at PPBW to Register for a Chance to Win a New Motorcycle
Thanks to Scott O’Sullivan, BikerDown will have a booth at PPBW so that we can spread the word about our important mission and also help register people to win a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120!
The O’Sullivan Law Firm has teamed up with Erico Motorsports to give away this fantastic bike and they’re throwing in another $500 to use at Erico Motorsports for accessories. The total value of this grand prize is $12,500.
To register for this year’s motorcycle giveaway, all you have to do is visit our booth at Pikes Peak Bike Week and sign up! You can also visit the registration website where you can register once a week every single week until the drawing in September. This contest is open to Colorado residents who are 21 years of age and older. Registration is free and there is no purchase necessary to enter.
That’s all I have for now. Please ride safe this summer and come see me at Pikes Peak Bike Week!
By Laurie Easton-Montoya
May 13, 2017 was a beautiful day for a ride and the perfect day to raise awareness about motorcycle riders! The Fourth Annual “BikerDown Look Twice, Save a Life Ride” not only raised $3,400 for BikerDown but captured media and political attention for our cause.
We met at the Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 9am and we were joined by Fox News and Colorado State Representative Cole Wist, who had a personal story to share with the riders.
Rep. Wist told us a heartfelt story about his teenage daughter, who was stopped at a red light when a motorcycle careened into the back of her car. The motorcyclist had been hit by a driver who was texting and driving. Because of that experience, his daughter now puts her phone in the back seat when she’s driving.
I have to give a huge shout-out to Rep. Wist, who also helped pass Senate Bill 27, the anti-texting and driving bill. The bill, which passed in May 2017, increased the penalty for texting and driving from a $50 fee and one point to $300 and four points! Rep. Wist supported the bill and I believe his efforts will save motorcyclists’ lives.
Sometimes politicians show up at events and say a lot of words that really have no meaning. Rep. Wist shared a story from the heart and we are so grateful.
We also enjoyed a speech by Kathy Yevoli from Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson. She said that her company supports three organizations: Children’s Hospital of Colorado, The Humane Society and BikerDown. Wow! We are in good company! She said that she is very proud to be associated with our organization because we help so many injured riders and their families.
And, of course, the main goal of our Look Twice ride is to raise awareness among drivers about the motorcyclists all around them. This year’s theme was, “Stop Distracted Driving.” Another huge shout-out to Fox31 News and reporter Macradee Aegerter, who posted this story: “Riders Say Distracted Drivers in Vehicles Cause Sharp Increase in Motorcycle Crashes.”
Then, we all got on our bikes for a gorgeous ride down through Palmer Lake and Monument. As a big group, with our bright Look Twice T-shirts (provided by The O’Sullivan Law Firm), I’m sure we raised eyebrows AND awareness!
I have to be honest: BikerDown has been overwhelmed with help requests in 2017. (I’ll share statistics and stories in another blog.) We all attend dozens of events and charity rides throughout the year for riders we know and love… won’t you please consider a gift to BikerDown? This organization provides emotional and financial support to bikers and their families.
Just the other day, I was able to connect a hospitalized rider who had just lost a leg with another rider who lost his leg several years ago. Thanks to their connection, the newly injured rider has hope for his future.
In addition to the all-important emotional support that we provide, we also offer medical equipment and financial support to riders in need.
Bikers are the most generous people I know. Please consider a gift to BikerDown and expand the impact of your giving. Chomper and I will never quit advocating for your needs and rights as a biker!
Remember: Look Twice and Save a Life!
By Laurie Easton-Montoya
I had a great time representing BikerDown at Sturgis 2016! In 16 days, I talked to as many people as I could about BikerDown and I helped as many injured riders as possible. Chomper and I drove out there with a full set of equipment for helping others, including wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.
Here are some statistics from the big event:
- There were fewer riders in attendance than in past years.
- There were 38 accidents and 9 deaths overall, which is down from last year (probably due to the lower attendance).
- Good news: none of the deaths were Colorado riders.
- BikerDown passed out four wheelchairs and four sets of crutches to injured riders.
While it felt good and helpful to support injured riders, I think the most important thing I did was to network with just about everyone I ran into. I want to get the word out about BikerDown! Here are just a few of the ways we spread the word about BikerDown:
- Booth: We had a booth for BikerDown and volunteers helped us talk to people about the benefits of membership as well as the important work that our organization does.
- Legends Ride: Chomper and I also participated in the Legends Ride and luncheon where we met John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and well-known philanthropist. We also met Tom Berenger, the movie star and biker, and talked to the producer of his upcoming movie, American Dresser, about BikerDown! This upcoming movie is about bikers and we’re hoping to participate in a preview of the movie taking place in Breckenridge later this year.
- Buffalo Chip: I spoke with the owner of Buffalo Chip about our organization and its true nonprofit status. Hopefully there are partnership opportunities on the horizon.
- Lady Belles: Chomper and I also rode support for the Biker Belles. At the end of the event, I asked the women to film quick statements on camera around the theme, “Biker Lives Matter.” We are always trying to raise awareness around motorcycle safety!
- Full Throttle Saloon: Out of curiosity, I also visited Full Throttle. I was concerned about the future of the bar since it burned down last year but I’m happy to report that a new one is under construction and it’s going to be massive!
Basically, I tried to plant a lot of seeds for BikerDown. I literally talked about this organization to everyone I bumped into and I helped as many people as I possibly could.
Please consider joining BikerDown, contributing to our efforts and creating a community of proactive riders.