Warm temperatures bring motorcycles back to Western Mass roads
WESTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -
A warm-up in temperature has allowed motorcyclists in Western Massachusetts to take their first runs of the season.
Motorcycle safety is a concern for both the cyclist and other vehicles on the road.
“It's the same that we try to tell people come September when the kids are back in school, be careful the kids are out you're not used to them, you're not used to the school zones,” Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk said. “It's the same thing now in the spring and the nice weather, you're not used to the motorcycles; just make sure you pay close attention.”
Around 3:30 Monday afternoon a motorcycle crashed on Route 66 in Westhampton. The lone male driver was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton where he was pronounced dead.
According to the Northwestern District Attorney's office handling the investigation, it does not appear there were any other vehicles involved.
However, those that ride motorcycles say it's as much the cyclists' responsibility as much as other motorists.
“Look twice, you might save a life,” Dennis Bolduc, owner of Indian Motorcycles in Westfield and veteran motorcyclist said. “Be aware there's a motorcycle around, they don't react like a car and secondly, most motorcycle riders know they have to be very aware of their surroundings.”
Many town and cities in Western Massachusetts haven't been able to fix roads that were affected by a strong winter.
“The roads do have a lot of sand on them still,” Bolduc said. “There's a lot of bumps, there's a lot of pot holes, folks out riding their motorcycles should be aware of that.”
It is also recommended to check everything on a motorcycle before taking it on the road for the beginning of the season including a tire check, lights, reflectors and properly securing safety equipment.
“People should always make sure they have a DOT helmet,” Bolduc said.
According to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, it is unclear whether the 27-year-old man was wearing a helmet at the time of Monday afternoon's accident in Westhampton.
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