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Safety is No Accident - Ride & Rally

This past Sunday, May 3rd, members of Twist & Go, Twisted Touring, which are subsidiaries of Greater Boston Scooter Club, about 17 in total, met up from various points, as far away as Cambridge, and rode together to Danny’s Scooter Shop. About a half dozen of our other customers made their way to the rally from other directions riding solo.

Right on schedule, at just about noon, the gang rode in on scooters of all makes, shapes and sizes, from 50cc to 650cc. It was so cool to have that many scooters in our lot. I only wish I could have seen them parading down the roads here. Or better yet, rode with them!

The topic of the rally was Safety, but the real purpose was fun and meeting other scooterists. So, prior to getting down to business, we all hung out checking out each others’ scooters, getting to know each other, and eating pizza. A few people took advantage of the free scooter wash and air stations we set up. And of course, everyone checked out our shop and service area.

Riders all listened intently (or politely) as a few shared their knowledge of safety topics. I, took a few pages from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s book and covered general tips for riding safe solo or in a group. Twist & Go member, Kate, provided in depth information about gearing up to prevent injury. Kate clearly has done a lot of research and was very knowledgeable of what’s available for riders and safety statistics. Thanks Kate! We are grateful that Bob Johnson, founder of Streetwise Cycle and Scooter School, made time to stop by. Bob clarified some scooter training and licensing confusion, let folks know what options are now available and he spoke genuinely about the benefit of rider training, even for the experienced. Many people in the group, including me, piped up with kudos for Bob’s training courses. Thanks for coming by Bob!

We sent everyone off with a sugar buzz, from my homemade “Happy Scootering” chocolate cake.  
A big thank you to Bob Gagne, founder of the scooter clubs, for organizing the ride and rally! Thank you to everyone who attended! Danny and I hope you had as much fun as we did. We also want to thank our good friend, Dwight Nevins for his help setting up on Sunday morning and to our other good friend, Bill French who, with his Bobcat, and a lot of hard work, helped improve our grounds in preparation for this event and many to come.
  
Check out some photos from the rally below.

To learn about these scooter clubs, visit http://www.meetup.com/twistngo/  or  http://www.meetup.com/Scooters/ (for scooterists with 250cc and up)