I founded BikerDown back in 2011 with the goal of creating an organization that would allow bikers to help bikers in a consistent and meaningful way. We are always holding fundraisers to benefit other people, but when one of our own goes down, we didn’t have an organized way to make a meaningful difference in their lives.
I also wanted to raise awareness among riders about the types of insurance they should have. I want our community to be proactive in taking care of ourselves so that our family members don’t become burdened if we get in an accident.
Finally, I also wanted this organization to help educate auto drivers about how to drive safely around motorcyclists. I’m happy to report that BikerDown has achieved all of those goals and our impact is growing!
In 2015, BikerDown received 149 help requests. Of those, 49 were from family members whose loved ones had been killed in a motorcycle accident. With a total of 104 motorcycle accident fatalities in Colorado in 2015, BikerDown assisted almost half of the families who lost loved ones!
Of course, I would prefer that there not be any fatalities at all, which is why BikerDown also hosts an annual Look Twice Save a Life Ride. This year’s ride was held on Saturday, May 14.
Look Twice Save a Life Ride – 2016
Over 250 riders joined BikerDown and The O’Sullivan Law Firm (Sturgis Giveaway sponsor) at Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson where we gave away a Sturgis Getaway! (We hold many giveaways to help raise awareness about our organization and about motorcycle safety.) The ride ended at Quaker Steak & Lube in Westminster.
All told, we raised over $5,900 for BikerDown, which will directly help us to provide injured bikers and their families with support, including hospital visits, community assistance, medical and professional advice, medical equipment and other efforts.
Another big accomplishment: Governor John Hickenlooper declared May 17 as BikerDown Motorcycle Awareness Day! We have our own day!
I am so proud that this organization has been able to help more and more people year after year. But we’re not resting on our laurels! There are always injured bikers who need help, so we are always busy.
I encourage you to join the BikerDown movement by doing the following:
- Become a member!
- Purchase as much auto insurance as possible.
- Purchase another layer of insurance by buying UIM or Underinsured Motorist Coverage.
- UIM covers you against other drivers who aren’t covered or who have low coverage.
- Follow this blog, where I will write about our efforts, the people we help, and tips for
- staying safe and protecting your loved ones.
- Share this blog with every biker you know!
If you’re an annual member of BikerDown, thank you! You should be proud of your participation in an organization that is making a real difference. If you’re not a member, join us today! We are only going to get better from here!