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‘Safe riding’ theme for base motorcycle club

By Art Powell | | April 8, 2010

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Motorcycle Club is scheduled to conduct its initial 2010 meeting Friday at 10 a.m. at the Base Theater.

All motorcycle riders, military and civilian, are invited to participate.

For military riders, membership is mandatory.

“This will be our big kick off for the major riding season,” said Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Mykoo, sergeant major, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. “The base has approximately 75-plus riders on the uniformed side and many civilians join in on the scheduled rides.”

Traffic fatalities suffered by Marines outpaced Marine combat deaths in Iraq two years ago, so Marine Corps leadership set in motion increased emphasis on motorcycle safety.

“It’s unfortunate that the Marine Corps is still losing Marines to motorcycle accidents and so many of the accidents are related to inexperienced riders,” Mykoo said. “Our motorcycle club is mandated by higher headquarters and it will be an opportunity for our experienced riders to mentor the younger riders.”

Another function of the motorcycle club will be to educate riders on the latest rules and regulations of motorcycle operations.

According to Mykoo, the meetings are mandatory for Marines, but the touring rides around the region the club plans aren’t.

Safety courses from the beginner to the advanced level are offered at MCLB Albany, along with a sport bike rider course.

“With the arrival of warmer weather, we’ll see more bikes on the road on and off the base, and personnel who had considered purchasing a motor-cycle may now go out and do it,” Mykoo explained. “We want to promote safe motorcycle riding.”

For more information on motorcycle safety courses offered at MCLB Albany, call the motorcycle safety program manager Wes Taliaferro at (229) 639-8847.