Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
Bama Wings
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
  Chapter AL-J  -  Tuscaloosa, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
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Updated: 1/7/2018 1:36:42 PM
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Next Monthly Gathering
Friday, May 4, 2018
Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 6:45pm
April - 2018
21,  Sat--T-O-D-A-Y-
25,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
May - 2018
2,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
4,  Fri-Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 6:45pm
6,  Sun-Chapter Ride -- This is not a lunch ride-Just a ride, but we may stop for ice cream-Leave PNC Bank at 1:30 (Tank Full, Belly Full, Bladder Empty)
9,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
April - 2018
15,  Sun-Sue Hendrix's Birthday
30,  Mon-Janice Latham's Birhtday

Calendar Updated: 1/16/2018 9:20:40 PM

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Neighbors
AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting
-- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Friday, May 11, 2018]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 8, 2018]
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Safety Tips

One-Way Blunders
Street Strategy
--Motorcycle Consumer News

by Ken Codon

Don't Assume Everyone Knows It's A One-Way Street.

You're riding through an urban neighborhood on your way to work on a two-lane road where both lanes go in the same direction. There are crossroad intersections every 1000' or so with a stop-light or stop sign at each intersection. Most of the stop-lights are synched to each other, allowing traffic to move a steady rate. You are behind a slower car in the right-hand lane, so you decide to change lanes to over-take the slower driver. You pass at a relaxed pace, knowing that the one-way road continues for several more blocks. Once past the car you decide to move back into the right lane.

Only moments after you return to the right-hand lane a car pulls out into the left lane heading in the wrong directions! Yikes! The inattentive driver passed to your left with a puzzled look on her face as you attempt to signal her mistake. She disappears out of your peripheral vision still accelerating. Suddenly, you hear skidding tires behind you and sound of crunching metal and plastic. You check your mirrors before pulling over to assess the damage. The head-on collision involved two cars in addition to the errant driver's vehicle. The first car in line took the brunt of the hit with the car following rear-ending the unfortunate driver. Cell phones were being dialed to dispatch emergency personnel, so you go on your way.

Your thoughts swarm around the close call you just experienced. Had you continued to ride in the left-hand lane, you could easily have been the victim of the driver's error. It may have been dumb luck that you were in the right-hand lane at the moment the driver entered the one-way street in the wrong direction, but you can be grateful that a lesson was learned without harm to you. While most drivers recognize a one-way street, there is the real possibility that an approaching driver unfamiliar with the neighborhood will turn from an intersecting road heading in the wrong direction. To avoid being caught up in this possibility, avoid the left-hand lane in two lane oneway streets. And keep your eyes peeled for this scenario even when riding on a single lane one-way roadways.




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