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Safety urged for motorcyclists, motorists

June 18, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island transportation officials are reminding motorists to share the road in advance of Ride to Work Day for motorcyclists.

The 21st annual Ride to Work Day is set for Monday. More than a million motorcycle riders are expected to observe the day nationwide.

The day is an opportunity for riders to showcase motorcycles as a travel alternative to and from work.

The state Department of Transportation says motorcycles consume less fuel, produce fewer carbon emissions and ease congestion by taking up less space.

Motorcyclists are asked to obey traffic laws, wear helmets, bright colors and other protective gear and use reflective tape.

Drivers are asked to give extra following distances for motorcycles, signal early and check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn.

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