Sturgis Bike Rally Increases Interstate Traffic And Safety Concerns
It’s the largest motorcycle rally in the country. However, with more people on the interstates, there runs an increased chance for accidents.
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It’s the largest motorcycle rally in the country.
From new bikers to the seasoned ones, Sturgis draws in people from all over the world.
And in its 75th year, the numbers are expected to be even higher.
However, with more people on the interstates, there runs an increased chance for accidents.
Before the rally officially began, there had already been multiple fatal motorcycle crashes.
Jim Entenman with J & L Harley-Davidson says that accidents can be prevented if people are more aware.
“There’s a lot of traffic out on the road so just be smart,” he suggests, “South Dakota has done a very good job of trying to get the roads done as quick as possible and try to limit construction during this time period.”
What he does say that all riders can use is the ‘SEE’ system: scan, evaluate and execute. And it’s something everyone should do to stay safe on the roadways.
“I would recommend, even for the people who are out there traveling in their cars, use the same technique that we use in the motorcycle world,” says Entenman, “know what is going on around you and be sharp about what’s going on.”
He also says that staying hydrated and taking breaks when necessary is crucial for long distance trips. He also recommends wearing long sleeved clothing, check tires when topping off the gas tank and staying aware of road hazards.
Melissa Clark traveled all the way from northern Indiana. She advises fellow riders to relax and enjoy the ride.
“The traffic is going to be so much heavier going into Sturgis,” says Clark, “and it’s just patience. You can’t be into a big hurry to go anywhere.”
According to the South Dakota highway patrol, the traffic increase is not limited to the major interstates.
Major highways and even residential roads are expected to see a higher increase in traffic throughout the week.