September 2008 Safety Thoughts 

Risk Management

by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer


Risk management is a topic that merits considerable mental forethought and preparation, and can benefit from review during both the riding season as well as the off season.  Risk management is defined as - The practice of planning for and reducing risk. Before we can plan for risk, we need to identify some of those risks we are exposed to and then further define those risks we can substantively manage or control.

Personal Protection Equipment or PPE can help reduce or manage risk.  PPE items would include (but is not limited to):

eye protection
sturdy shoes or boots that include ankle protection
sturdy long pants
sturdy leather jacket
sturdy leather gloves
properly fitted helmet

Note the term sturdy.  Not all leather products are equal and some lighter grades of leather wear are designed for fashion, not protection.  Be sure your riding gear is up to the task of offering you good protection and you'll be taking a good first step toward managing your riding risks.

We also know that alcohol is involved in a very significant number of motorcycle accidents, particularly single vehicle accidents.  While it is each individual rider's responsibility, our Chapter has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drinking & group riding.  We don't want you drinking during a Chapter Ride. If you're planning to attend a Chapter Ride, don't show up for the ride after stopping first at the local watering hole for a "pick-me-up".

Ride Safe! Ride Sober!