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Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Program News & Views

Teaching Safety... Increasing Awareness... SAVING LIVES!

The purpose of the Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Program is to bring a program to people that "Share the Road" with us, who may not be as AWARE of the unique circumstances surrounding the operation of motorcycles on today's highway.  We intend to provide all drivers with the necessary information needed to safely Share the Road with motorcycles.

Any questions about our Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program can be sent to our Chapter MSAP Coordinator Paul Wilms at:  [email protected]

MSAP Contact Information

Paul Wilms - Raleigh MSAP Director

Raleigh MSAP Director, Paul Wilms. 

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2015 Raleigh Chapter MSAP summary

Below is a summary of the Raleigh chapter Motorcycle Safety and Awareness program for 2015. A HUGE thanks to Paul Wilms and Tommy Sherbert for taking so much time to teach our young drivers and saving lives!

 

 

Happy New Year, everyone,

I am pleased to report that in the fourth quarter of 2015, Tommy and I conducted 63 MSAP presentations to a total of 2,555 students. For the year 2015 in total, we made 289 MSAP presentations for a student total of 10,588. We made presentations to the driver education classes at 25 public schools and 14 private schools, in addition to homeschool classes. Not bad for just two instructors.

2015 MSAP year-end totals are as follows:

Total Presentations: 289

Public school presentations: 253 (at 25 different schools)

Private school presentations: 27 (at 14 different schools)

Homeschool presentations: 9

Total Students: 10,588

Average class size: 37

Total Miles driven to presentations: 8,954

These class and student totals for 2015 are down slightly from 2014 because there were no public school driver education classes in Wake County in September and October.

Many thanks to Mike Hodges for keeping Tommy and I supplied with MSAP handouts and to all the members of the Raleigh Chapter for your continuing support of the MSAP program. Thanks to your support, we have another 10K+ new drivers who will be looking out for motorcycles.

Have a safe and prosperous New Year.

Paul Wilms

MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-30-2012

Greetings, everyone,


I hope each of you had a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend. It was great to once again participate in Rolling Thunder in DC this past weekend, but it was also wonderful to get back into the routine of things. My MSAP presentation today was to a great group of 53 very attentive and polite homeschool students in DE instructor Linda St. Claire's class. The class was held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, a fabulous, modern facility with super AV equipment. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect to see a motorcycle any day, any time
That bad things can happen very easily even if you are distracted for a couple seconds
To be aware of motorcycles, paying close attention and always watching for them
That you should stay two seconds behind a motorcycle
To look very carefully and to expect to see bikers at all times
That most motorcycle/car accidents are the car driver's fault
How easily a biker can be hidden in a blind spot
To keep at least two seconds behind a motorcyclist
That many motorcycle accidents could be avoided if I just expected to see one


And a few extra comments from the students:

The air horn surprised me, but it got the point across; keep up the good work
Thank you for giving this presentation to us
Thank you for coming today; it was really helpful
I will make sure to always be aware
Geezer is cool!


This was the last MSAP presentation of the spring semester. We have a short breather with just one class next week, and then the summer schedule begins in earnest the second week of June, with two to five classes scheduled almost every day. Should be fun!

Have a great day.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5-22-2012

Greetings, everyone,


A beautiful day for a ride over to Heritage High School in Wake Forest. I had a wonderful group of 30 lively but very attentive students in DE instructor Ben Cason's class. They asked lots of questions, and Mr. Cason allowed them to come out and see my bike after class was over. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How easily you can miss motorcycles and hit them
To be more cautious on the road
To be prepared for motorcycles and to watch out
That if you expect the unexpected, you will be safer and less likely to crash
How easy it is to not see a rider
That motorcycles can pop up even when you don't expect them
To be prepared for the unexpected and to be alert
That it's harder to see motorcycles because they are a lot smaller and appear slower than they really are
To keep a look out for people on motorcycles because when you think about them, you'll see them


And some additional comments from the students:

I liked having an actual motorcycle rider talk about it
It's a good program to inform new drivers
Geezer was cool
I'm really glad Geezer came in today to teach us teenagers about the safety of driving
Class was informal and fun
Very helpful and very informative


Until next time, stay safe and alert.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5-18-2012

TGIF Greetings, everyone,

It was such a beautiful day, I only wish my ride over to Apex High School could have been longer. Even though it was a gorgeous Friday afternoon and I was the last thing separating these students from their weekend, the 31 students in DE instructor Melanye Harden's class were very polite and attentive. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Be aware of motorcycles because they may appear smaller and further away than what they really are
To always expect a motorcycle on the road while driving
To be aware of motorcycles no matter what weather conditions
How to better expect the unexpected such as motorcyclists coming down the road
That there should be a minimum of two seconds distance between a car and a motorcycle
To be more aware on the road and to expect motorcycles so I'll see them better
That the minimum distance that should be between you and the motorcycle is 2 seconds
To stay alert for motorcycles and give them respect


And some additional comments from the students:

I thought it was very informative; thanks
I will look out for and think about motorcycles on the road more than I would have before
I will always look for motorcycles and not just watch for cars
Geezer is very engaging and the videos are very informative

Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-17-2012

 

Stormy Thursday Greetings, everyone,

Good thing I got some wet weather riding experience on Monday, because today was a bit "damp" as well. The skies were only threatening to open up on my ride to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon, so it was actually a very pleasant ride, but the ride home was somewhat wetter; nevertheless, it was a good ride and a great time with 23 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class. They didn't ask many questions, but it's clear they got the message. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How unaware some drivers can be by not noticing the vehicles that are around them
To watch out and expect motorcyclists; also to have a 2 second distance between you and the motorcyclist
To expect them, because if not you won't see them
To expect motorcycles even before you see them
That I have to be aware of motorcycles
To be expecting a motorcycle so I can react when I see one
That you should always expect the unexpected while driving and expect to see a motorcyclist


Some additional comments from the students:

After this, I'll be more cautious when driving
This information presented today will help me be a safer driver by being aware of my surroundings
It was an eye opener
It was very helpful and funny
This was a very helpful program that will make me more aware when I'm on the road
The horn thing was cool
This program really helps you learn things that are more safe
This has made me think much more of the seriousness of driving
It really helped me to see the point of people who ride motorcycles


And my favorite student comment of the day:

The fact that people on motorcycles aren't all big, bad tough guys; they have families that they want to come home to like me


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5/16/2012

 

Wednesday Greetings, everyone,

Except for a few stray drops, the forecasted rain never materialized, so I had a wonderful ride over to North Raleigh Christian Academy this afternoon. The 49 students in DE instructor Jack Lister's class were very polite and attentive, and seemed to enjoy the presentation. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look more closely for motorcycles
To look four or more times before crossing an intersection
To keep a following distance of at least two seconds
That if you are expecting a motorcycle, you will see a motorcycle
To be aware of motorcyclists on the road and respect them
To always pay attention and expect a motorcycle
To expect the unexpected motorcyclist and not to be distracted


And here are a few extra comments from the students:

I thought it was very well done to make people more aware
Geezer is a bro
I'll definitely be more on the lookout for motorcycles; I didn't know it was that hard
Geezer is cool
This is something everyone must hear
I will pay attention to motorcycles on the road


Until tomorrow, keep the shiny side up.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5/15/2012

Greetings, everyone,


My second MSAP presentation of the day was at beautiful Green Hope High School in Cary. I had a wonderful class of 36 very attentive and participative students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class. They asked a lot of good questions from the git go and throughout the presentation, so it was a lot of fun being with them. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always be aware
That motorcyclists are at higher risk of injury
To expect to see a motorcycle so you won't crash into it
That drivers should be more cautious and watch for motorcyclists
To look for motorcyclists when driving
To look for them more and to always assume they are there
I know that I should be looking for them because if not you won't see them, and make sure you check more than three times at an intersection
To look two or three times before crossing an intersection
to do more than just glance before making a turn


And a few extra comments from the students

I now know to be cautious of motorcycles
Thanks for coming to teach us
It made me more aware of things besides cars on the road
He was very helpful, and he had a fun and entertaining presentation
Everybody should hear this


I think these young drivers-to-be will do well out on the road.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5/15/2012

Greetings, everyone,


A mercifully dry day for my ride over to Panther Creek High School in Apex this afternoon. I had a huge class of 75 students (a record number for me), the combined classes of DE instructors Lynn Kent and Stephen Solis. The facilities at this beautiful school are wonderful, so the large number of students was not a problem, and a big class makes for an exciting time. Despite the large number of students, they were very polite and attentive, and it was a pleasure being with them. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be aware of bikes even when you don't expect them
That if you look for something, you're more likely to see it and avoid an accident
That if you look for motorcyclists, you'll see them
To expect the unexpected
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle
To watch out for motorcycles; look and you'll see them
To be more cautious and look for motorcycles
That if you look for a mouse, you'll see an elephant
That motorcyclists are closer and moving faster than they first appear
That looking twice can save a life
To watch out for motorcycles when driving


And here are a few extra comments added by students:

The horn scared me! Haha, but besides that, it taught me stuff that bikers do that I didn't understand before
It was interesting and helpful
It was informational and taught us how to be a defensive driver
This program was awesome and I learned a lot of things
I will learn to see motorcycles better and think more cautiously
Thank you, Geezer, you were great
This was AWESOME! GEEZER IS COOL!
Simply a great presentation
Geezer is awesome
Geezer is the man
I'll look out for motorcycles

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5/14/2012

Wet weather greetings, everyone,


A great day to practice my wet weather riding skills and to demonstrate to the 30 students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class at Enloe High School in Raleigh that motorcyclists really are out there on the road regardless of the weather. It was a wet ride, but a great group of attentive and participative students. They asked a lot of good questions, and it was fun for me to be with them. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To respect them and be extra careful; I also know now how easy it is to not see a motorcyclist
How much harder it is to spot a motorcycle rather than a car
To look more than once in an intersection or turning left
That motorcycles appear slower and farther away than they actually are
To expect the unexpected and to distance yourself
How much I need to look for motorcycles
To expect a motorcycle even if it doesn't seem like they'd be out
How often motorcyclists are around and how easy they are to miss


And here are a few extra comments from the students:

Rad Bro! AUAUAUAUAU! [I have no idea what all this means, but I'm assuming it's good]
It was cool and interesting
It was awesome!!!
It was a great presentation
Thank you; it was fun and educational


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5-10-2012

 

Greetings, everyone,

My final MSAP presentation of the week was at Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh. Robert "Coach" Clemons is the DE teacher there, and his classes are always fun to be with. Today was no exception. I had a great group of 22 very attentive students, some of whom came out after class to see my bike. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That if you see them, you won't hit them
To look for motorcyclists even if you don't immediately see them
To look around and be more cautious of my surroundings
That you should look out for smaller vehicles
That if you look for a mouse, you'll see the elephant
To look for smaller vehicles than you
To look for the unexpected


And some additional insights from students:

Geezer's the man!
The stories about everyday people in my area getting in terrible accidents make me want to be attentive and a safe driver, especially in my community
Thank you for taking the time to speak to our class; your session will really impact my driving
I'll be more aware on the road for the smaller things like motorcycles
Everything was useful and informative; I feel safer already; good presentation
Geezer really cared and showed enthusiasm


Have a safe and restful weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5-9-2012

Greetings, everyone,


A wild weather day, particularly this afternoon. I caged it to Fuquay-Varina High School this afternoon, and I'm glad I did because the rain was fairly heavy on my drive home. I had a wonderful group of 43 very attentive and engaged students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class. They asked some really good questions, and we had a lot of fun in the process. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To make sure to look out for a motorcycle since it's hard to see them
Always expect to encounter a motorcycle because if you do, you will see it
To stay two seconds away from them and check three plus times when crossing an intersection
That if you expect motorcycles, you will see them
That motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than cars
To expect to see a motorcycle no matter what time of day or what the weather is like
To expect the unexpected
That motorcycles are closer on the road than they seem


And some extra comments from the students:

I enjoyed it and learned many things I didn't know
I will learn to be more aware when looking for other people on the road
Geezer is the man
I thought it was very helpful and introduced a new way of thinking to me
It was cool, and the teacher, Geezer, was really cool too
It makes me aware and was very informative
It was more enjoyable than any other class I currently have
It was very useful and gave lots of useful information; thank you


And my favorite student comment of the class:

I am glad that we were able to experience this presentation because now I'm more cautious and concerned about the safety of other drivers


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-9-2012

Greetings, everyone,


My bike was in the shop for some routine service, so I had to cage it to my first presentation of the day. This was to a group of 33 very polite and attentive homeschool students in DE instructor Linda St. Claire's class at North Raleigh UMC. The meeting hall we were in had a wonderful projection and sound system, and fortunately, I had the services of a very tech-savvy student - to whom I immediately gave the road name "Clicker" - who assisted me in operating it. The students asked some really good questions, and it was fun to be with them. Here's a sample of what the students said they needed:

To be aware for motorcyclists and to expect that they'll be there
That motorcycles are more difficult to see
That motorcyclists are small and you need to look out for them
To be more aware during left turns
To be on the lookout for motorcycles
To always expect there to be a motorcycle so you will be prepared
That you need to look for motorcyclists when you are driving


And here are a few extra comments added by students:

I thought this was a very effective class in teaching about motorcycle safety and awareness
Geezer did a great job
I will be sure to look out for motorcycles


And my favorite student comment of the day:

As a driver, I can do my part to be safe, to be aware, and to be on the lookout for motorcycles


Until later.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-8-2012

Primary Day Greetings, everyone,


If you did not cast your primary ballot early, I hope you made time today to go to the polls.

My MSAP presentation today was at Cary High School. I had a wonderful group of 25 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class. They asked some good questions and seemed to enjoy the presentation. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned today:

That you should be very aware and cautious because anything can happen
To respect motorcyclists as drivers
That different distractions may cause drivers to be unaware or unfocused
To always expect a motorcycle
To share the road with motorcycles and to look twice for them
To look around you more carefully


And a few extra comments added by students:

I learned a lot and will be looking for cyclists
Thank you very much for your presentation; I believe it's going to make me and my peers cautious drivers
I don't want to be the reason why someone loses their life because I was careless
It was really helpful; I didn't know most of these facts
Geezer had cool leather


This was a great group of young people, but it was what happened after the presentation that completely blew me away.

Just as with my previous class at Cary High, after my presentation, each student rose in turn and came to the front of the classroom, shook my hand and thanked me for my military service. This in itself was a heart warming gesture for me, but it was also a tribute to these young people and their teacher, Mr. Hinton. That in itself would have been the greatest gift they could have given to me, but as they say in the TV info-mercials, "But wait, there's more." As I left the classroom, I walked down the empty hall and was met by a cadet in the Cary High School ROTC who came up to me, snapped to attention, thanked me for helping them be safer drivers and for my military service, and, turning smartly on her heels, called forth their color guard. At that, the ROTC color guard entered from the right, made a smart left face, came to attention, presented arms, and then stood at attention while the national anthem played. I snapped to attention as well, held a salute through the anthem, and lowered my salute only when the ROTC color detail had shouldered arms. I shared with the cadet color guard commander that my Marines could not have performed the presentation of arms and colors any better, and I meant it. We can be very proud of our young people these days, and I don't know about you, but I have great faith in this next generation.

Semper fi,

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-4-2012

Friday Greetings, everyone,


I had a great ride over to Knightdale High School this afternoon and a wonderful group of 20 very polite and inquisitive students in DE instructor April Cobb's class when I got there. These young people asked some good questions, and many had experience riding motorcycles of one sort or another, and many had family members who ride. So, it was a fun class. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look better and not glance
To be cautious and make sure I take my time and look both ways at least three times
That if you expect to see a motorcycle, you will be a safer driver
To be sure to look carefully for motorcycles and be very aware of my surroundings
To be aware of smaller vehicles and to be cautious of my surroundings
To always be alert and on the lookout when driving
That you have to pay attention when driving and look both ways


And a few additional comments from the students:

This made me realize how fast and easy it can be to get into an accident and will make me make sure to be a safer driver and look and expect to see a motorcycle
It was helpful and very important because I have family members that ride and it'll help me be a safer driver
It made me realize how difficult it can be to even notice a motorcycle and that will push me to be more observant
It helped me understand a little more of what to expect on the road
I think you guys are doing a great thing by preparing a teenager to be a safer driver


Until next time, have a great weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

5-3-2012

Thermal Thursday Greetings, everyone,


A very warm ride over to Wake County's flagship high school - Broughton High School in downtown Raleigh - but a wonderful group of 35 very attentive and interactive students in DE instructor Beth Parson's class when I got there. This was a big group to squeeze into one computer lab, but the students didn't seem to mind, and they had lots of really good questions and paid close attention the whole time. It was great fun to be with them, and they seemed to enjoy it as well. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That if I just look out for a motorcycle, I will see them
To remember to look out for motorcycles
How to avoid crashes with motorcycles
To be extra careful, since motorcycles are harder to see
To pay attention and look for motorcycles
To be cautious because a motorcyclist can appear at any time
To expect the unexpected
That if you look for a motorcyclist, you'll see one


And some additional comments from students:

Amazing teacher; I loved how nice he was
Very informative and eye opening; Geezer's awesome
Geezer is da bomb! [OK, so I'm going to assume that's a good thing]
Very informative and interesting, and I learned a lot


And my favorite student comment of the day:

Keep in mind the people who share the road with you


It was only the fourth day of classroom instruction, but these students are well on their way to being safe drivers.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

5-3-2012

It was a short ride over to Leesville Road High School today, which was kind of' nice since it was about 90 degrees. Bad thing is 1/4 of my ride from the house is in a school zone....35 MPH. Kathy Stephanou had a good group of 26 students. A little smaller than normal. As sometimes it goes, one half, or one or two on that half of the class had a lot to say while the other side looked more like deer in the head lights. There were some good questions and comments though. Take a look below.
Blind Spots
How much motorcyclists have trouble being seen
How small motorcycles are
Look out for motorcycles (x3)
The statistics about accidents
The facts of not being aware of what you aren't looking for
The possibility of hitting a motorcycle
motorcycle accidents result in either death or serious injury
Additional comments
Very helpful
The attention exercise was really helpful
This will make me a more cautious driver
Good advise
The whole moon walking bear thing was a cheap shot as was the horn
That last one could be true BUT, it got their attention and if they remember it later, I will gladly take the “Cheap Shot”
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

4-27-2012

TGIF Greetings, everyone,

What a glorious day for a ride. I only wish my trip over to Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh could have been longer. It's always a pleasure going to Cardinal Gibbons, my daughter's alma mater, and the students there are terrific. I had a wonderful group of 30 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Kathy Stefanou's class. Many asked questions or shared their own or their family members' experiences with motorcycles (not all of them pleasant). I even had a young lady who was a competitive motocross rider who had broken her back in a race, but who nevertheless looks forward to getting her motorcycle endorsement some day. Some of the students in the class came outside after the presentation to see my bike and have their picture taken with it. Needless to say, this was an interesting and fun group to be with. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be more aware of my surroundings
To look multiple times for motorcyclists
How vulnerable motorcycle riders are
If you see/look for them, you wont hit them
That we must always watch out for motorcycles
To be aware of smaller vehicles and other things on the road
To always check three or more times
To look very carefully for motorcyclists and to be very attentive and show respect for them
To expect the unexpected
That we should always be aware that motorcycles are always there
That you have to expect motorcycles as much as you have to expect cars on the road


And a few extra comments from students:

I learned a lot about being more cautious and knowing my surroundings
This was very interesting and helpful (well presented)
I know to watch out for the motorcycle rider
It showed me how vulnerable motorcyclists are
It was fun
I found the program very helpful and informative


And my favorite student comment of the day/week:

To be cautious and look out for motorcyclists and know that they are people too


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-26-2012

Thursday Greetings, everyone,

The rainstorm of mid-day cleared away and the sun came out just in time for my ride to Zebulon where I made an MSAP presentation to 19 very polite and inquisitive students in DE instructor Jack Lister's class at East Wake High School. Coach Lister had arranged with the Media Center director to have a projector and wall screen set up, which was great because it provided for a large projection which allowed all the students to see well. They asked some really good questions and seemed to get the MSAP message. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That most motorcycles look farther away and look like they are going slower than they are
To expect to see a motorcycle
To look both ways before crossing the road
To look four or more times before pulling out and to be more aware when pulling out and everywhere you drive


And a few extra comments added by students:

I liked the program; thanks!
This is a very good presentation; helps us learn to be more safe
I think everyone should really pay more attention and be aware
It was an eye opener to important things and to being aware of smaller vehicles
You must be fully aware of your surroundings


Until tomorrow, keep the shiny side up.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-25-2012

Greetings, once again, everyone,

My second MSAP presentation of the day was at Sanderson High School in north Raleigh, and since the rain had ended and the sun was out, it was a very pleasant ride over there. As I was walking down the hall to the classroom, a young lady who had taken DE at Sanderson some months ago called out to me, and she told me she was about two weeks away from getting her license and would remember to look for bikers as she drove. Good to hear.

I had a wonderful group of 29 very attentive students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class. They asked a lot of good questions and several shared experiences they or their family members had had with motorcycles, so it was a fun time. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look out for motorcyclists and share the road
How careless that drivers can be and how one mistake can take someone's life
To check multiple times for motorcycles
That if you expect to see motorcycles, you will see them
To expect the unexpected
To expect motorcycles while driving
To look twice; motorcycles are hard to see and are closer than what you think
To look both ways more than once
To look three times and stay 2 seconds away from motorcycles
To look more than one time both ways before turning
To take an extra look so motorcyclists don't get killed


And some additional comments from students:

Geezer is a very cool guy
It was educational and amazing
The air horn was a good example of "expecting the unexpected"
I will be sure to look for bikers, and I will practice safe driving

Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-25-2012

Greetings, everyone,

My first MSAP presentation of the day was to a wonderful group of 26 homeschool and Christian school students in DE instructor Linda St. Claire's class held at Garner First Baptist Church. They were polite and paid attention, but weren't afraid to ask questions, so it made for a really fun class. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect a motorcyclist
How often motorcycles aren't seen
To be more cautious and aware of people driving motorcycles
That motorcyclists are difficult to see and looking more than three times is key
To check more often for motorcycles
To be careful and watch out
To expect motorcycles to be on the road everyday that I drive
To look for motorcyclists because they are smaller than a car
To look three times or more at an intersection


And here are a few additional comments from the students:

Very well done
All very informative
I think it was very important that we all know to expect motorcyclists everywhere


Until later.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-23-2012

Chilly Monday Greetings, everyone,


What happened to the summer weather? 90 degrees last week; today about 45 as I rode to and from Knightdale High School. I had the pleasure of having JT Boone with me to observe the class. We had a rather talkative class of 25 students in DE instructor April Cobb's class, but they asked some really good questions and seemed to get the MSAP message. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect the unexpected
To be more attentive on the road
To stay two seconds behind a motorcycle driver
To check your blind spots
That motorcycles are much smaller than cars so it's harder to see them
To look out for motorcycles


And some additional comments from the students:

Cool instructors
Great job! It was really helpful
I'm glad that we took the time to learn about this
It was really good, and I'm going to be more careful and try to lok for bikes


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-19-2012

Thursday Greetings everyone,


Nice cool weather for a brisk ride to Apex High School.  It's always a pleasure presenting the MSAP message to one of DE instructor Melanye Olive's classes, and today was no exception.  I had a wonderful group of 29 very attentive and polite students, and they seemed to enjoy the presentation.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Why motorcyclists do what they do and how vulnerable they are while just trying to have a good time
That cars are responsible for 3/4 of the motorcycle/car accidents has really made me realize how aware drivers need to be
To look for motorcycles because at first glance you won't see them
That on left turns make sure to look for motorcycles because you can barely see them
To be a lot more cautious making left turns at intersections
Always check for cars AND motorcycles
To not have any distractions while driving because it increases your chance of a crash and death
That motorcycles are hard to see and are closer and going faster than they seem


And some additional comments from students:

It was very informative and fun; the guy is interesting
It's really important for young drivers to be aware about the presented information and I really enjoyed the presentation; it was very informative and entertaining
I liked the presentation, especially the videos and demonstrations
I liked the videos and pictures to show what could happen if you don't look for motorcycles
I will be more cautious of things around me and everybody out on the road, especially motorcycles
The whole presentation helped me understand how easy it is to hurt a biker and that you have to be aware of others; it helped and was interesting


Until next time,

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

4-18-2012

 

Greetings once again everyone,

My second MSAP presentation of the day was at beautiful Green Hope High School in Cary.  I had a lively group of 34 very attentive and fun students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class who asked some excellent questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always expect a motorcyclist on the road
That if you expect a motorcycle, you will see the motorcycle, and if you see the motorcycle, you won't hit it
That we car drivers have to share the road and treat motorcyclists the same as other drivers
To be on the lookout all the time for motorcycles and other motorized vehicles like them
That you should expect to see a motorcycle
How I need to be on the lookout for motorcycles because if we aren't, we won't see them
To look both ways multiple times before turning into an intersection making sure there are no motorcyclists


And here are a few additional comments from the students:

All the safety information really will help and the statistics really opened my eyes and this will really help me; thank you
It was amazing
I think that this is a really fun and interesting way to learn about how to be a safer driver; it is fun and interactive
I think this was a really good way to learn about being a better driver and how to treat motorcyclists
I will now expect to see motorcyclists out on the road when I start driving
Geezer is an awesome informational teacher about motorcycles
Geezer looks cool
It was way more entertaining than I expected; thanks, Geezer!


Until tomorrow.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

4-18-2012

Greetings everyone,

My first class of the day was at Panther Creek High School in Apex.  I had a wonderful group of 42 very attentive students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class.  They didn't ask a lot of questions, but from what they wrote on their student surveys, it was clear that they got the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always watch out and expect motorcycles to be on the road
To expect to see a motorcycle driver
That if you look for the mouse, and you'll see the elephant
To be careful and be cautious while driving and to be aware of motorcycles
That if you expect motorcycles no matter what, you'll be more likely to see them
That most motorcyclists are easily overlooked; motorcyclists move around in lane a lot to view traffic, attract attention, and avoid obstacles
To check three times for motorcycles or other traffic before proceeding in the intersection
How to be aware of motorcycles and be safe on the road
To look for motorcycles more carefully because most of the time you can't see them


Here are a few extra comments added by students:

It was very informative
I think it's very helpful and most of what I heard today I didn't know anything about before
It was interesting
I think it was good, and I learned a lot
I learned some of the different things that motorcycle riders will do to make drivers aware
Thanks for the information; I'll be cautious


Ride safe.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-17-2012

Greetings, everyone,


Each new day brings its own surprises, and sometimes a blessing.  Today was such a day.  My MSAP presentation this afternoon was at Cary High School.  It was an all too short ride from my home, but a pleasant one.  I had a wonderful group of 33 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class.  They asked some good questions, and were engaged throughout the entire presentation.  At the end of the presentation the students filled out their student surveys as I packed up my gear, and one student wanted to share with me her family's experience riding motorcycles and having to dodge distracted drivers who were texting.  It was when I was ready to leave that the unexpected happened.  After Mr. Hinton thanked me on behalf of the class for taking the time to speak to them, he told me his class wanted to thank me for my military service.  Immediately, each of these 33 precious students got up from their desks, one by one, and came to the front of the classroom and shook my hand and said "Thanks for your service."  Today, we do a good job of thanking our military men and women, but it has not always been that way.  Forty years ago, I did not recognize the country I came back to.  We were not allowed to wear our uniforms off base lest we be attacked or harassed or precipitate an incident.  Even without being in uniform, our haircuts were enough for people to hurl insults at us as they drove by or passed us in a restaurant and even throw urine or red paint our way.  So, to have a group of 33 young people, some of whose parents were not even yet born at the time I was in uniform, say "thanks" to some old geezer they don't even know means more than they can imagine.  I dutifully thanked each one as I shook their hands, and then left quickly.  I was blown away; I didn't know how to respond, and, besides, my eyeballs had started to perspire.  These young people don't know it, but they gave me a gift that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  

Oh, and I think they learned something about sharing the road with motorcyclists as well.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To expect to see a motorcycle so you don't crash or hurt them
To look for motorcycles and to expect the unexpected; always focus
To look three times before going; always be aware of your surroundings
To watch for smaller things surrounding you
To always be expecting motorcycles so you will know when there is one with you on the road
To look three times and keep a 4-second distance away from motorcycles


And some additional comments from the students:

It will help me make sure to watch out for motorcycle riders
I'll look for motorcyclists and other people more consciously
It will make me more cautious about motorcyclists and their purposes on the roads
Good information that is very useful for new drivers
I liked the info and learned a lot


Many of the suggestions made by students over the years have found their way into the MSAP DVD currently in use.  Today, a student suggested that the presentation include more on how motorcycles react to cars on the road.  Good suggestion, and one that definitely would make our presentation even better.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-17-2012

Greetings, everyone,


One of the joys of being an MSAP instructor is the opportunity to interact with such a wide array of very interesting young people in our high schools, and nowhere do you get to meet a more diverse or enthusiastic collection of students than at Enloe High School in east Raleigh, the county's premier academic and performing arts high school.  I had only 22 students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class yesterday, but they were animated and engaged, and asked more good questions throughout the presentation than any class I can remember.  As she most often does if time allows, Ms. Haynes took the class outside after the presentation to see my bike, and many of the students had a good time getting on a motorcycle for the first time.  All in all, it was really fun being with these wonderful young drivers-to-be, and I think they even learned something.  Here's a sample of what the students said they got out of the presentation:

That a motorcycle looks farther away and slower than it actually is
Where the most common accidents occur
To look both ways more than two times
To always check multiple times for a motorcyclist when turning
That motorcycles can't stop on a dime
To watch out for motorcyclists because they are closer than they appear
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle
How motorcycle accidents most commonly occur and to be aware of motorcycles
How many times to check for a motorcycle; especially check when making left turns


A few additional comments from students:

Very informational
This was very helpful and informed me about a lot
This program is great
The air horn was a great wake up call
Geezer was a great teacher and was funny while still being informative


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-13-2012

 

TGIF Greetings, everyone,

No better way to round out the week than having the opportunity to ride over to Heritage High School in Wake Forest to present the MSAP message to a great group of 31 young drivers-to-be in DE instructor Ben Cason's class.  It was great getting to know Ben, a combat pilot Vietnam vet who is still licensed as a commercial pilot, and it was clear to me from the respect these young people showed to Ben that he had already impressed them.  I'm not so old that I can't remember what it was like to be in school late on a springtime Friday afternoon and looking forward to the weekend, so I was really impressed with how polite and attentive these young people were, and they asked some great questions as well.  All in all, it was a blast being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be more cautious about motorcycles
To watch where you are going and be sure to look around you
To expect the unexpected
That motorcycles are everywhere
To be alert at all times
To always be cautious when driving to avoid accidents, injuries, and deaths
To look three times before turning and to be more expectant of the unexpected
To expect motorcycles to be there because you can't always see them


And a few additional comments from students:

The program has definitely increased my knowledge about motorcycles
Very informative
Awesome!
Geezer was cool
It was a great experience
Fun, and he had some great videos
I loved the videos you shared with us, especially the awareness test
It helped me learn something I never knew before


And my favorite student comment of the day:

The fact that knowing that motorcycle drivers get hurt because of simple errors makes me want to pay more attention


I won't have any concerns sharing the road with these young drivers.

Have a safe and restful weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

4-13-2012

MSAP UPDATE 04/12/2012
 
Good ride out to WFRHS today about 62 when I headed out. Darryl Robinson had 28 students in this class, and he said he was glad I was there today because his granddaughter had him up watching Lion King at 3:00 AM, So he needed the relief. This was a pretty good class and fairly interactive. The ones who answered with a resounding “YES” when I asked if they thought they were going to be good drivers and notice bikers and others on the road were also the same ones who missed the moonwalking bear. All in all it was a good class though. It’s nice to not be presenting to the “Deer in the headlights”. Take a look and see what they said.
 
Watch for motorcycles @ intersections and to be more aware of your blind spots
All the information
To be cautious of motorcycles around me when I am driving
Just knowing about motorcycles
I will be sure to always look for motorcycles. The accidents (video)helped me
Most cars are at fault
Notice more smaller vehicles. All the information
 
Additional comments
 
Extremely helpful to someone who wants to drive a motorcycle & all new drivers
very interesting
It was very helpful
It was very useful for the future
Tommy was a very great help! Very informational
When I turn 16 I did plan on getting a motorcycle but now I’ll practice first
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

4-12-2012

Greetings, everyone,


A beautiful but all too short ride over to Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh this afternoon.  It's always a pleasure going to Athens Drive High, and today was no exception.  The 20 students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class were very polite and attentive, and it was fun being with them.  Here's some of what the students said they learned today:

To look more than once
To watch out for motorcycles
To look three times for a motorcycle before proceeding through an intersection
That motorcycles are not always easy to see, so you have to be careful
To stay at least two seconds behind the motorcycle, and to keep in mind that they are always on the road
How to look out for motorcycles
How hard it is to see motorcycles
Where and when you should look for a motorcycle
That you can't really see motorcycles very well at night, so I'll be more careful
That you have to expect motorcycles to prevent accidents


And some additional comments from the students:

It was a great and interesting presentation, and the air horn thing was scary, but funny!
This was very informative
Now I know why they wear all that clothing
I will look more carefully and be safe and drive the right way


On my way out of the high school after my presentation, I heard someone call out "Geezer" and had the pleasure of being greeted by a student who had been in one of my presentations a couple of months ago.  She's a rising sophomore at Athens Drive and, while she hasn't started driving yet, it was great to see that she remembered the information from my presentation.

Until tomorrow.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-10-2012

 

Greetings, everyone,

It was great to be back on two wheels today and to have the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather for my ride over to Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  I had a great group of 40 very polite and active students in DE instructor John Baker's class.  They asked a lot of good questions, and it was great fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be cautious for motorcycle riders and to share the road
That most people don't see a motorcycle
To look twice before crossing the intersection
To pay attention to motorcycles while I'm driving
How to be more aware as a driver and pay attention to motorcycles
To respect motorcyclists on the road and be aware of any blind spots that come along the way
That if you expect to see motorcycles, then you will see them
That I have to be concerned about everybody on the road
To look both ways at least three times before making a turn at an intersection
To always be aware; motorcyclists matter too
To watch out for others to prevent accidents


Some additional comments from students:

I will look out for motorcyclists now
This class was helpful
It was awesome
This was a good presentation
Thank you for taking your time and talking to us
The presentation was full of great information and the blow horn was cool
I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed the information you shared and thought it was very informing


Sounds as if they got the message.


R. Paul Wilms
MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

4-4-2012

 

MSAP UPDATE 04/04/2012
 
I had a great cool early morning ride over to First Alliance Baptist Church on Buffalo rd. In Raleigh this morning. It was about 61 when I left, and I wanted so bad just to keep on riding. Linda had a widely diverse group of 42 students. Some from WFR some home schooled and several from Military academies I whose names I had never heard. Being it was a 8:00AM class, they weren't the most lively group but there were some great questions and we did get to go look at the bike after the presentation, they seemed to enjoy that part. Take a look below, They seemed to get the message.
 
 Motorcycles are usually hard to see...so if you see  them be cautious
Blind spots, Look 3 times
Look out more for motorcycles and pay attention to blind spots
The awareness of others isn't very good. I need to pay attention for them & myself
Always be on the lookout for motorcycles
Be more careful & don't always assume drivers are going to follow what their blinker says
That since motorcycles are smaller you have to be extra cautious
If you don't look for it you won't see it
Treat them like any other motorist
Understanding as a car driver how to share the road with bikers
Being aware of  my surroundings & stay focus on the road.
The way it presented that accidents happen a lot every day
 
**(and My favorite one of the day) **
The slightest distraction, for ever how long, can be enough to take your eyes off the road & hit a motorcycle
 
Additional comments
 
I am thankful and I appreciate his time cause I learned some things that I never knew
It was very helpful
It was an eye opening experience & I learned some important safety tips
It was a great presentation that has made me more aware of motorcycles
I Loved it! Thanks for the info.
The power point was unnecessary
I think this presentation should be presented at schools as well as drivers ed.
It was helpful & informative & made me want to be more aware of my surroundings
 
Great group of future drivers.
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

 

4-3-2012

April Greetings, everyone,


A wonderful day for a ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this morning.  Since it was spring break for conventional calendar high schools, the 40 students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class were quite a diverse group representing 19 different high schools and three middle schools in Wake County.  This was a really a fun group to be with; they were attentive, polite, and very inquisitive.  They asked some great questions before, during, and after the class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned today:

To be on the lookout for motorcycles
That 72% of car-motorcycle collisions are the car driver's fault
That you really need to look for motorcycles because if you're not looking, you probably won't see them
How easy it is not to see a motorcycle while driving
To expect the unexpected!
That motorcyclists are in more danger than car drivers, so that's why we should be more cautious
That motorcycles are 1/3 the profile of a car, and most accidents occur because the driver fails to see the motorcyclist
That if you expect to see a motorcycle, you'll see it, and if you see it, you won't hit it
How far to stay behind a motorcycle and how to look both ways
To make sure to always look for motorcycles, because they are hard to see


And some additional comments from the students:

Having the class taught from the viewpoint of an experienced motorcyclist made it easier to understand the information
I will look for motorcycles when I become a driver; I thought the presentation was very informative and not boring; I learned a lot
I didn't realize how easy it is not to see a motorcycle
I thought your presentation was very good; when I start driving, I will definitely try and become more aware
Thank you for the presentation; I enjoyed it very much (the air horn was very unexpected)
It was great, and I honestly wouldn't have looked as much in depth if not for MSAP


I'll be happy to share the road with these young drivers-to-be.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

4-3-2012

Greetings, everyone,


I am pleased to report that during the first quarter of 2012, we conducted 56 MSAP classes for a student total of 1674.  By comparison, during the first quarter of 2011, we conducted 53 classes for 1496 students.  Thus, as of the end of the first quarter 2012, we are 3 classes and 178 students ahead of where we were one year ago. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Once again, Tommy and I very much appreciate your support in helping our young people be safer drivers.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

3-28-2012

Back in the Saddle Greetings, everyone,

My wallet is a whole lot lighter, but at least I have my bike back, and with a brand new motor.  So my ride to Person County High School in Roxboro this afternoon was a real joy.  I was at the home of the "Rockets", and had a wonderful class of 31 very attentive students in DE instructor Joy Montgomery's class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That when being passed by a motorcyclist, maintain speed and lane position until the motorcycle has passed
That I need to look three times
To pay attention to the road at all times
To be alert and cautious
That you need to watch out for motorcycles because they're harder to see
To keep an eye out for bikes and respect them
That it is easy to miss a motorcycle because of blind spots, and that most motorcycle accidents happen at intersections
That when at an intersection or about to turn, look three or more times; expect to see a motorcycle and you will


And some additional comments from the students:

This was a great program
This will help me think before I make a decision
It was very informational; it was a good presentation
This presentation was very informational and fun
I really enjoyed this program

Have a safe week.  See you at the chapter meeting on Sunday.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-26-2012

Spring time greetings, everyone,


It was a gorgeous day for a ride, but since Harley-Davidson obviously ships new motors via ox cart, I'm still without a scoot and had to cage it to Apex High School this afternoon.  Fortunately, I once again had the able assistance of Tiffany Blanke, a senior at West Johnston High School, who is doing her senior project on motorcycle awareness and plans to be certified as an MSAP instructor in the near future.  Tiffany graduates on 8 June and will be attending Appalachian State this fall majoring in communications which she plans to use in a career in either broadcast journalism or advertising.  Tiffany did a great job assisting in the presentation and displayed a poise and self-confidence well beyond her years.  If Tiffany is indicative of her generation, our future is in good hands.

We had a wonderful group of 20 students in Melanye Olive's DE class at Apex High School, and they asked a number of good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that they said will help them be safer drivers:

To watch out for motorcyclists because in a car crash they're more likely to die than the car driver
To look for the small things
That if you look for the mouse, you'll see the elephant
To be a more cautious driver and to be watchful of any thing
That motorcyclists can be hurt if not taken into consideration
To check three times for motorcyclists
That since motorcycles are smaller, it makes them seem slower and farther away
To keep a distance between my car and a motorcycle and to check more than once at an intersection
To check four or more times for oncoming bikers when driving on the road and to look for motorcyclists more carefully


And here are a few extra comments added by the students:

The presentation helped me realize the seriousness of situations and helped me become more aware
I thought the MSAP was very informational and taught me some things I never knew
I will be cautious toward motorcycles when I drive
It was pretty excellent and covered a lot of information


Until next time, keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-22-2012

Thursday Greetings, everyone,

My MSAP presentation this day was at beautiful Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  The school was on spring break, so my presentation was at 9 a.m., and the 35 students in DE instructor John Baker's class were a hoot.  They asked a lot of really good questions and seemed truly interested in what I had to say.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To remember to look before I pull out because the bike may be there and I may not see it otherwise
To look as many times as you need to before you turn/continue on your path of travel
To expect motorcyclists to be on the road
Seeing how easy it is to hit someone on a motorcycle without looking will make me more cautious
That motorcyclists are hard to see
To not text while driving and to keep all attention on the road
That if you expect the unexpected, it will help you become a safer driver because you are more aware of your surroundings
To watch out for the blind spots and to check many times when coming to an intersection


And a few extra comments from the students:

I will take extra caution when making left turns
Geezer is old, but he is cool
I definitely will be a more cautious person; very informative, respectful, and pleasant; thank you for your time
Great presentation; loads of helpful information


And my favorite student comment of the week:

I will be a safer driver if I think every time I hop in the car that there will be a motorcyclist out there who would like to return home to his family instead of a morgue


Have a safe and restful weekend.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-21-2012

 

MSAP UPDATE 03/21/2012       
 
It would have been a fine morning for a ride out to Franklin Academy in Wake Forest but, I caged it. 62% chance rain and t-showers. Yesterday was only a 22% chance and it down poured!!!! Oh to be a weatherman. It is now 2:45, still haven't seen the first drop today. Anyway, Linda St.Clair had a great group of 44 students ready when I got there. Very nice and polite, had good questions, just went well today. The horn even worked. Last two times it has blown off the can and just sounded like a fart, not very impressive. Take a look and see what these future drivers had to say, I thing they will be fine as long as there are no “Moonwalking Bears” around.
 
72% of all car/motorcycle accidents are the fault of the car driver ( several of this one)
It will help me to focus more on everything instead of just one thing
To look for motorcycles while driving because if you don’t you most likely won’t see them
Hearing it from a n actual rider puts things into perspective. It helped a lot & made me realize big cars aren’t going to be the only ones out there
Always be careful at intersections because that’s the place where most collisions occur
When the 7 people stood up it made me the most aware of my actions
The air horn definitely made me realize how quickly things can happen
Making sure to check more than once & share the road
The inability to see a motorcycle
Pay Attention
 
Some additional comments
 
The instructor did a good job telling us what we need to know
This was great, wish we had more time to learn
It was helpful
Thank You for presenting this, I will be more aware of motorcycles on the road
It was a very entertaining way to get the point across to us about the dangers
This was very helpful. I didn’t know that people who drive cars don’t look out for motorcycles. I learned something new today
It was very helpful & I will share this info & class since he just got a new Harley!
( I can only assume it’s Dad)
I liked the horn
Tommy=Awesome
 
Judging from the last comment, obviously a very intelligent group of future drivers. Ha
 
Ride Safe, Ride Often
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

 

3-21-2012

Mid-Week Greetings, everyone,

Today's MSAP presentation was to a DE class on the campus of East Wake Academy in Zebulon.  The school is ultra modern with great AV facilities, and it's always a pleasure to present there.  I had a wonderful group of 32 very attentive and interactive students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  They had lots of good questions, and it was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect the unexpected and look for everything
To always look for motorcycles and smaller vehicles, not just bigger vehicles
To pay attention and to look more than twice
To always pay attention and be aware
To be more observant when I am driving
To look more than once and expect the unexpected
That I need to be a more cautious driver


Here are some additional comments from the students:

I know more about blind spots and paying more attention to them; very good class
Helped me realize more things and the class was very interesting; I will be more aware of motorcyclists and other cars
Great job Geezer!
It was very informative; Geezer is awesome and did a great job!!
I really like this class; everyone should take it
The fact that I didn't notice the moonwalking bear scared me
I feel this program gave me a new view on driving just from learning about motorcycles


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-19-2012

Monday Greetings, everyone,


It was a another beautiful day for a ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh.  Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for my bike to get out of the shop, so I had to cage it.  Nevertheless, I had a wonderful group of 24 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class.  They really seemed to appreciate the message and they asked some good questions.  Additionally, I had the distinct pleasure of having Ms. Tiffany Blanke, a senior at West Johnston High School assist me in today's presentation.  Tiffany is doing her senior project on the MSAP program, and it was an honor for me to get to meet her and to have her take part in the presentation.  Not only did Tiffany help out with some of the more mundane, but necessary, tasks, such as distributing handouts to students, but she also took part in the presentation, handling the student quiz like a pro.  Needless to say, the students seemed to enjoy her being there.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That we should always be aware of everything around us
To look carefully for motorcycles because they aren't easy to see
To know my surroundings and double check for motorcycles
To expect the unexpected and to watch for blind spots
That if you expect motorcycles, you'll see motorcycles
That motorcycles are faster and closer than they appear
That motorcycles are hard to see so you have to expect that you'll see one
To always watch for motorcyclists and to stay two seconds behind one


And a few additional comments from the students:

Very good program; I am glad I am more informed; thank you
When I get my license I will be expecting motorcyclists
Everything was a great help
Creating awareness to just look for motorcycles on the road was very helpful for me
I really enjoyed the information and how it was portrayed
It was a fun learning experience
It really caught my attention
The air horn experiment helped show that you must always be aware
This was very informational; thank you
It was a cool presentation
I thought it was really good, especially the air horn


I'm confident these young drivers-to-be now know the importance of sharing the road.

Until next time, keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-15-2012

Thursday, Greetings, everyone,

My last class of the week was at nearby Green Hope High School in Cary.  I had a wonderful group of 32 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class, and it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Why motorcyclists do what they do and how they react to situations
To watch out for motorcycles and smaller vehicles
To look multiple times before going
To make sure to look out for motorcycles on the road
To always expect the unexpected; this was very helpful; I thought the speaker gave good and understandable examples
To not only look for bigger vehicles, but to look for smaller vehicles
To always be on the lookout for oncoming motorcycles
To check twice for expected motorcyclists before making a turn and be extra cautious


Here are a few extra comments from the students:

I have a new awareness of how cautious I need to be about motorcycles and that I need to look for them
This was very helpful; I thought the speaker gave good and understandable examples
It was very informational; I liked it a lot; also made me realize how much you need to be careful
Very interesting and very helpful; thank you
It definitely made me more aware of motorcycles on the road
I really liked the part with the air horn - it was a good recreation of a real accident
It was great to meet Geezer
This presentation is going to make me a more cautious driver


Have a safe and restful weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-14-2012

 

Warm Wednesday Greetings, once again, everyone,

My third presentation of the day was at Holly Springs High School.  It's always a pleasure being with the students at Holly Springs, and today was no exception.  I had a wonderful group of 38 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Always look three or more times before turning
Look multiple times before turning; give room and be respectful
When you did the Sunny Day demonstration, it made me realize just how easily we can get distracted; it helped me learn to expect the unexpected
To watch for motorcyclists
To be more aware of motorcycles and to be cautious and respectful of them
That if you expect them, you'll see them
To make sure to look for motorcycles and smaller vehicles


A few extra comments added by the students:

It was very eye opening
I was very impressed; Geezer is very cool, and I learned a lot
I now realize how much more aware of motorcycles I need to be and how to react to them
It got me to make sure I pay attention on the road
The pictures and videos of accidents willl stick with me; it was helpful
I learned a lot about motorcycles that I never knew before
I felt like it gave me a good perspective of what to look out for on the road
It was very helpful, and it will make me a more cautious driver
Our teacher "Geezer" was very AWESOME! I would take this class again


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

3-14-2012

Hello, again, everyone,

My second MSAP presentation of the day was nearly next door (literally) to my home at Cary Christian Academy.  Thirty years ago it was a small produce farm where I bought plums and sweet corn at a roadside stand.  Now it is a beautiful campus.  I had 32 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class, and I had a great time being with them.  Here's a sample of what they students said they learned:

That motorcyclists are very vulnerable, so we as drivers must always be aware of motorcyclists
To look at least three times before making a turn at an intersection
To always check three times for a motorcyclist and expect to see them
That "if you expect us, you will see us" 
To expect the unexpected
Learning about how easy it is to not see a motorcycle shows that I am going to have to be alert and watching out for them
That if you look for the mouse, you'll see the elephant
That a lot of motorcyclists die because of the stupidity of a car driver
That you need to pay attention or it could affect you forever; we need to S.H.A.R.E. the road - it's very important


A few extra comments from the students:

It really educates teenagers to become safer drivers
Awesome job
I feel like I will give more attention to all types of people on the road
I will definitely pay more attention and look for bikers out on the road when I begin to drive
I thought the Sunny Day demonstration was hilarious yet effective in getting the point across
The instructor was BOSS!!! and had a cool horn


I think these young drivers got the message.

Until next time.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-14-2012

Wednesday Greetings, everyone,

Another gloriously warm day (and really aggravating for those of us whose bikes are in the shop), but it was nevertheless a wonderful time to be with the 30 students in DE instructor April Cobb's class at Cary Academy this morning.  These young drivers-to-be were polite and attentive and really fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

If you expect motorcycles, you'll see them
To be aware of motorcycles and if you are expecting them, you will see them and be less likely to get in an accident
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle driver; also, how to be more aware of motorcycle drivers and how to hopefully prevent collisions
To always expect the unexpected while driving and to look for motorcyclists, especially before making a turn
How to be aware of and watch for motorcycles who share the road
To pay attention to blind spots


And here are some additional comments from the students:

I enjoyed it and have a new liking for motorcycles
He gave us a lot of helpful things, including statistics and real life experiences; this is a great class, everyone should take it
The statistics were very shocking, and I would never want to be someone to endanger someone's life
Geezer was very helpful, and obviously knew what he was talking about
This presentation was very interesting and informative; I'm so glad I had an opportunity to take this class
Great job; really helpful, interesting, and fun; the air horn was kinda mean, but effective
It was really good and there were a lot of interesting statistics and interesting videos
It was really helpful ansd was very engaging; it taught me to be aware of sharing the road
I'll definitely be more careful making left turns, especially at intersections because of what I've learned
Great instructor! He really captivated my attention and taught me a lot (and dismissed a lot of stereotypes)


Keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-13-2012

Tuesday Greetings everyone,

A wonderfully warm day for a ride, but unfortunately my bike is still in the shop awaiting a new motor, so I had to cage it to Cary High School this afternoon, but I had a wonderful group of 32 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class when I got there.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned this afternoon:

To be more aware and expectant of motorcyclists
To be cautious of motorcycles
To make sure I look out for motorcycles and I don't hit them because I'm not paying attention
To look out for motorcyclists and stay cautious to everything on the road
To always expect a motorcycle on the road because you never know what's gonna happen
That you should always look for motorcycles
How important the whole "expect to see a motorcycle" thing is
How to look for people on motorcycles and what to do when you see them on the road
To know that motorcycles are harder to see and you should expect them


And a few extra comments from the students:

Before this class, I wasn't aware how easy it is to hit a motorcycle and how little attention we pay to them
Geezer is amazing
Thank you for helping me become a better driver
It made me understand how dangerous being on the road is
You da bestest!


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-12-2012

Not-your-typical-Monday Greetings, everyone,


I've said many times that no two MSAP presentations are the same, and this afternoon's presentation at East Wake High School in Zebulon dramatically illustrated that.  About 15 minutes into my presentation, the school went on yellow alert because of a gunman at a nearby gas station.  The school had already dismissed classes for the afternoon, but all the students, teachers, and staff still there for extra-curricular activities were hustled into the gym and the school went on lock-down.  I have to say I was very impressed with how efficiently the teachers and staff handled the situation and how calmly and professionally they cared for the students.  After about 45 minutes in the gym, DE instructor Jack Lister convinced security to allow the DE students back into the Media Center to finish the class even though the school was still locked down so that they wouldn't have to make up class hours at a later date, and, as a result, I was able to finish my MSAP presentation.  

I had a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and engaged students who asked some really good questions, and it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

That we need to be aware of our surroundings, especially at intersections
To allow a 2-second interval behind a motorcyclist while driving
To always expect the unexpected
To pay more attention on the road so I won't crash and wind up severely injuring someone and feeling guilty
To watch for motorcycle drivers
To look three times or more before going
How to drive safely with a motorcycle driver on the road
That you always need to watch the road; don't just pull out or make careless mistakes


And a few extra comments from the students:

Hearing this advice assisted me with mental awareness so I can be alert in the future
This was very informational and I learned a lot from this presentation; Geezer was a good presenter
Very effective (especially the sunny day part)
I never thought how important it was to look out for bikers until now


Until tomorrow.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-10-2012

TGIF Greetings, everyone,

If my scoot wasn't in the shop getting a new motor, I'd have really enjoyed the ride over to Fuquay-Varina High School this afternoon, but since I had to cage it, at least I could listen to part of the NC State/Virginia game.  I had a very talkative group of 38 students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class, and I even had to separate two young ladies who just couldn't quite keep from conversing, but their being in high school and it being Spring time and my being the last thing between these young people and their weekend, I was not unsympathetic, and believe it or not, they got more of the message than I had thought.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How motorcycles are so hard to see and how something so little can distract you
To watch for motorcyclists
To look out for motorcycle drivers so that I won't cause an accident
That motorcycles are hard to see on the road
That I need to pay attention and always expect motorcycles
To always look out for motorcycles at all times no matter what when you are driving
To be more aware of the motorcyclists because they are more vulnerable


And a few extra comments from the students:

Thank you for coming, it changed my views a lot
I will be more careful about looking for motorcycles and avoiding distractions
I thought it was very helpful in the fact that I needed more pointers on how to drive safely
I thought the air horn was a great way to demonstrate a great point
It was informational and funny
Thank you for coming in to take your time to educate us


Have a safe and restful weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-9-2012

Just a short ride over to Leesville High School from my house, but still nice have about 55 degrees, will take the long way home. Beth Duckett had a group of 30 students in this class. One half of the room seemed to answer or comment and the other not so much. But they all seemed to get the message if you look a the survey sheets. I thought it was interesting that after the class, when we went outside so they could see my bike, another student came up to see one of the DE students and she asked me if I had to wear chaps in order to ride a motorcycle. Of course I told he know and explained the wind chill. Funny thing was it was one of the best questions of the day, and not from a student in this class. You never know. Anyway, take a look and see what the class did have to say.
 
To look 3 times and be  completely aware of motorcyclists
Everything
Stats./ knowing how many people die
Be aware of all my surroundings, even if you hardly see a motorcycle
Look frequently not just once or twice
To look for motorcycles because they are hard to see
To pay attention & to always look for everything on the road no matter what size
Pay attention because sometimes you think you are but in reality your not
 
Additional comments
 
I learned alot
It was really helpful
It was great
You gave me a heart attack w/ the horn!!
This made me very aware
It has been helpful
 
 
Have a great weekend
Ride Safe.
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP Instructor

3-8-2012

Thursday greetings, everyone,


It's always a pleasure to visit Broughton High School - Wake County's flagship high school - and today was certainly no exception.  I had a wonderful group of 29 very attentive and fun students in DE instructor Beth Parson's class, and they asked some very good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect motorcycles
To always remember motorcycles are on the road and to do all possible to watch out for them
To expect the unexpected
To always make sure to look for motorcyclists
To look two times before turning and to keep two or more seconds between the bike and the car


And some additional comments from students:

Very helpful
Thanks for coming
The air horn was awesome
It was very funny


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-2-2012

Greetings on a rainy Friday, everyone,

A somewhat damp, but mercifully short, ride over to Apex High School this afternoon.  I was the only thing between the 31 students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class and the weekend, but they were attentive and responsive, and it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That bikers need to be watched out for
To know to look more before you turn
To expect the unexpected
To look three times before you turn
That you should expect to see a motorcycle every day; thanks for coming; it was helpful
To be expecting the unexpected and not assume a biker isn't there


And a few extra comments added by the students:

It gave me the ability to know how cautious you need to be while on a road with a motorcyclist
Lots of information, but he kept it fun
I learned a lot of helpful and useful information and I really enjoyed it
Loved the videos, pics, and speaker; it is a class that makes you think


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

3-1-2012

First of March Greetings, everyone,


My first "shirt-sleeve" ride of the year, and fortunately it was a nice long one over to Person County High School in Roxboro.  It's a ride of about 110 miles round trip through some of the prettiest countryside around, and worth every mile.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very attentive students in DE instructor Joy Montgomery's class, and many seemed interested in getting their motorcycle endorsement one day.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To watch carefully for motorcycles
How easy it is to be at risk and how others are also when you are driving
That motorcycles are very small so you should be aware
That if you expect to see motorcycles, then you will; so, you should always expect to see motorcycles
To take more than one look before turning
That you can't see motorcycles easily, so you have to watch out for them
To always look for motorcycles on the road
That motorcycles can be in your blind spot and are hard to see
That motorcycles will be out there any time of the day


A few additional comments from the students:

I appreciate that you give this course; it opens your eyes; I wasn't thinking about hitting a motorcycle, just another car
I really enjoy this class, and it helped me tremendously
This program is very helpful
It showed me that there are other things to look for on the road
It was a helpful presentation; I learned a lot that I didn't know about motorcycles


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-29-2012

Greetings, everyone,


My second MSAP presentation of the day was at beautiful Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.  It's always a pleasure to present to the students at Cardinal Gibbons, and today was no exception.  I had a wonderful group of 31 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Kathy Stefanou's class.  They asked a lot of good questions and were fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be aware of motorcycles and any other vehicle for that matter
To check three times for motorcycles and give a motorcycle as well as any other vehicle four seconds of space
To look for and anticipate bikers on the road because like us, they are normal people
To stay cautious of motorcycles and to expect them
That car drivers should look for many times expecially in the intersection
To look at least three times because motorcycles are harder to see
To be more aware of everything on the road and to give motorcyclists the respect they deserve on the road
That it only takes one second of not paying attention to get into an accident


And some additional comments from students:

It was a good presentation
I am now much more aware that there are motorcyclists on the road; held my attention the entire presentation
It was very good, and it helped me think about motorcyclists because I never gave them much thought before
The information was the perfect mix of horror and humor to make me aware of my choices; I have a new respect for motorcyclists
It was very informational and interesting; very practical and useful
This program was really helpful
I really enjoyed the presentation and learned a lot
Thank you for helping me be a safer driver!!
Everything today that was presented helped me be a safer driver; thank you so much for coming in and teaching so that when I drive I will be safer


I won't mind sharing the road with these young drivers.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

2-29-2012

A rainy Wednesday greeting, everyone,


My first MSAP presentation of the day was to a wonderful group of 24 homeschool students attending a class at Green Level Baptist Church taught by DE instructor Linda St. Claire, herself an avid motorcyclist and MSAP supporter.  Even though the weather was a bit misty and threatening rain, it was nevertheless a great ride through some really pretty countryside.  The students were very attentive, and they asked a lot of good questions, so it was great fun being with them. Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look for motorcyclists more
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle
That you will see motorcyclists if you expect them
To look three times, and that should save someone
To expect the unexpected while driving
To look for and expect bikers while driving
That if you expect to see a motorcycle, you will be more likely to
To look out for motorcyclists and to not make assumptions about their decisions


And some additional comments from students:

I liked it, and it was interesting
I learned how to be a better driver
I really enjoyed it, and it was interesting to listen to
This has been very helpful, and I will work on being more aware when I drive


Keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-28-2012

Greetings, everyone,

After such a rainy day yesterday, it was nice to have a sunny, dry day to ride over to Green Hope High School this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class.  Many of them had experience on motorcycles, and one group of young ladies sitting together seemed to have ridden every kind of motorcycle there is, so it was a really fun group to be with, and they asked a lot of good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How easy it is to be distracted while driving and to look for motorcycles when driving
Knowing that motorcycles are there
To always expect the unexpected on the road
That it is harder to see motorcyclists and easier to injure them as well
That I should always expect to see a biker
To always check the traffic - cars or motorcycles
To look and be aware that bikers are on the road
That I need to be cautious of the things around me and not get distracted by little things that can cause accidents
To make sure you look both ways or even more for bikers and share the road; also be more cautious
That motorcycles are way small so you can't see them, so I will be more cautious
The statistics about crashes and deaths and the stories from experience are very informational
That you should look three or more times before pulling out


And some extra comments from the students:

Stuff like this helps; I think it is good, no changes
I enjoyed this; it was very interesting
It was very interesting
I learned to be a safer and more cautious driver; it was very helpful and informative
Geezer was pretty cool!
People need to be more aware about other cars on the road, expecially motorcycles
It made me a lot more aware about motorcycles on the road
It made me way more cautious about looking both ways while turning


And my favorite student comment of the day:

It changed the way I thought about driving


This group of students will do very well on the road.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-27-2012

Wet Monday Greetings, everyone,

A cold, wet ride over to Enloe High School in Raleigh this afternoon, but a warm reception when I got there from the 20 students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class.  This was their second to the last day of classroom instruction, so these young drivers-to-be were looking forward to actually getting to drive, but even so, they were very polite and attentive and had some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To always look three times before going out; don't kill people
That motorcycles are hard to see, so you should expect to see them on the road
Motorcycles are hard to see, and you should expect to see them on the road
To look before you proceed
To check three times before proceeding at an intersection
To treat motorcycles like any other vehicle and to expect the unexpected
That motorcycles seem farther away than they really are, and their size affects the driver's ability to see the motorcycle
That the lives of other drivers are important
To make sure you pay attention to the road

And a few extra comments from the students:

Videos were interesting
I've just learned more good and helpful information
Everything will help me; I learned a lot
Helped a lot and taught a lesson
This presentation has helped me become a more aware and safer driver on the road


I think these young drivers will do well out on the road.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-16-2012

 

Wet Thursday Greetings, everyone,

It was a good day to test my rain gear and hone my wet weather riding skills as I rode over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon, and I had a wonderful group of 22 very attentive and fun students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class.  Here's a selection of what the students said they learned today:

To be aware of surroundings
To always look for motorcycles
To expect that a motorcycle driver wil be around me at all times
To expect the unexpected
To look three or more times for bikers and also to give them room and time to make their intentions clear
To look three times and stay two seconds behind a motorcycle
That if I expect a motorcyclist, I will see one and hopefully be able to prevent an accident
To check a lot of times before you turn and check your blind spots
To be on the lookout for bikers; they are on the road and we must share the road


And a few miscellaneous comments from students:

I will be more careful to watch everything
Motorcyclists should be able to share the road with us too; it was nice!
Made me more aware of cyclists
It made me think about wanting to be a cautious driver
This was a very interesting presentation; it was very intriguing


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

2-15-2012

MSAP UPDATE 02/15/2012
 
Today I had a chance to ride out to WFRHS for a MSAP at Linda St.Clairs class, only it was not her it was Darryl Robinson. He was more than willing to turn his class of 32 students over to me. Only one "technical difficulty", hook up was normal, been there before several times, But I did forget to check the air canister in my air horn. So rather than a big noise I got something that sounded more like a weak fart. Not very impressive and really didn't help in getting the point accross.This was a pretty quiet class but a bunch of them thought they might like to get a motorcycle license sometime in the future. Take a look and see what else they had to say.
 
That most motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of cars
Look for motorcycles more often
The blind spots
Take the extra time to look for motorcycles
That there are a lot of blind spots
How easy it is to be killed on a motorcycle
Not just expect them on sunny days
 
Additional comments
 
How driving a motorcycle different from driving a car
Very good, would recommend this
Thanks
 
And that was all, I told you they were quiet
 
 
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP Instructor

02-14-2012

 

Valentines Day Greetings, everyone,

Somewhat of a damp but mercifully short ride to and from Cary High School this afternoon, and a wonderful class of 31 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class when I got there.  This being their seventh day and Valentines Day, it was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:
That bikers are hard to see
That if you look for a motorcycle, you'll see them
To always expect the unexpected
That 72% of car/motorcycle accidents are the car driver's fault
To watch out for motorcycles
To always expect a motorcycle
To be more aware of other things besides cars and trucks

And a few extra comments from the students:
Geezer is kool
I didn't know that bikers can be in blind spots
It will help me watch for the unexpected
I will be more cautious and aware on the road
Very informative and attention grabbing; thank you

And my favorite student question of the day:
Do those pants come in pink, camo, or purple or sparkles?

Hope you and your special someone are having a wonderful Valentine's Day.
 
R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina 

 

2-10-2012

 

Weekend Greetings, everyone,

I had a wonderful class of 17 very attentive students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class at Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh this afternoon.  I was the last thing between these students and their weekend, but they were polite and actively engaged, so it was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To check at intersections more than once
To always expect the unexpected and to look out for motorcycles
To look both ways more than once because looking only once does not give you enough time to know what/who is coming
To be just as aware of motorcycles as to anything else
To be aware of the situation
To watch at intersections the most
To look three times


And a few extra comments from the students:

I like your road name, Geezer
This guy rocks
I haven't driven a car yet so I haven't dealt with motorcycles yet, but when I do, I'll be prepared
Recommend to everyone!


And my favorite student comment of the day:

Motorcyclists are people too


Have a safe and restful weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

02-09-2012

 

Greetings, everyone,

My second class of the day was at Green Hope High School in west Cary, a really gorgeous school and campus directly under the glide path for RDU International.  I had a wonderful group of 37 very attentive and fun students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class.  Three of the young ladies in her class even had Cathy take a picture of each of them with me after the class, which likely means that Geezer is probably all over Facebook by now.  Lucky for me I don't have Facebook.  Anyway, the students seemed to enjoy the class.  Here's a little sample of what the students said they learned:

That if you look for the mouse, you will see the elephant
How paying attention to the small items on the road can go a long way
To watch out for motorcycles
To expect the unexpected
To leave a 2 second distance between you and a motorcycle
To watch the roads and make sure there are no motorcycles in your way
To always remember to check for motorcycles before proceeding through an intersection
To look three times before you turn left


And here are some additional comments from the students:

I learned what to look for
Very relatable, gets the point across
I feel that it will make me a better driver because I have learned information that I had not known before
I thought your presentation was really interesting; I think I learned a lot
Thank you for coming to teach us motorcycle safety awareness; it will save someone's life


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

02-09-2012

Thursday Greetings everyone,

My first presentation of the day was at beautiful Panther Creek High School in Apex where I had a great group of 35 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class.  We had a great time together, and the students even managed to learn a few things.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:  

To look more than twice at an intersection
That if you expect a motorcycle, most likely you will see it
That most car/motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers
To look many times for motorcyclists because they are hard to spot
How to be careful and how to be a better driver
To be more cautious of what else is on the road
To always expect a motorcycle


A few additional comments from students:

I think the whole "expect the unexpected" thing will help me expect it; it was great, thanks
I enjoyed it
It was eye opening
It was pretty fun and educational


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-08-2012

Greetings, everyone,


The rain in the morning cleared away, and it was a great day for a ride to Fuquay-Varina High School this afternoon.  I had a very good group of 18 students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class.  They had some good questions, and a few of them had experience with motorcycles - either as a rider or a driver - and one even had some motocross experience.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That you need to be aware of every single person on the road, even motorcycles
To watch out for motorcycles
How deadly a motorcycle wreck can be for the rider
That motorcycles appear slower than they are
That if you are aware of what's going on around you, then you will be a safer, more cautious driver
That if you expect to see a motorcycle, you will
To look out for bikers and be aware of them
To always pay attention to the road


And a few extra comments from students:

Very interesting
I will watch out for motorcycles
It was very informative (x2)


Keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

02-08-2012

MSAP UPDATE 02/08/2012
 
Nice but short ride over to Leesville Road High School. I think it was 51 degrees on the way. Angela Stephenson had a substitute, and i must admit I forgot to get her name. But she did have an interesting motorcycle crash story. Seems a biker who was intoxicated among other things tried to ride his motorcycle through her SUV starting at the rear. She really looks for motorcycles now!! She had a good class of 29 students who had some good questions and comments.
 
Most accidents involving a motorcycle are the cars fault
Be aware of motorcycles and SHARE the road
They ride in all types of weather Watch out and be more careful
To watch for unexpected things to happen
When turning left I need to be even more careful
How easy motorcyclist can get hurt
and my favorite.................
Learning that you won't see something you aren't looking for so you need to look for everything
 
Additional comments
Very informative
I was really informed today Thank you very much
It was interesting and very helpful
Very interesting and surprising
 
They seemed to get the message.
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA/ABATE of NC
Raleigh Chapter MSAP Instructor

2-7-2012

 

Tuesday Greetings, everyone,

Another brisk and beautiful afternoon for a ride - this time to Holly Springs High School where I had a wonderful group of 34 very diverse, attentive, and interested students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  They asked a lot of good questions, so it was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:  

To expect the unexpected, and that you need to be aware of what's around you
That you can so easily hit a biker just because you're not paying attention
To pay much more attention to my surroundings and to be aware of what's on the road
To be more aware of things I usually wouldn't expect
To always expect to see a motorcycle
How to be prepared for motorcycles
To look three times for a motorcycle before pulling out


And a few extra comments from the students:

It was really, really helpful, and it will help me be a safer driver, definitely
The awareness video helped me realize how dangerous driving can be; very good presentation, thank you!
I liked it; it was really fun
Thanks for volunteering to speak to us, Geezer; you were pretty informative


I don't think I'll mind sharing the road with these young drivers.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

2-6-2012

Monday Greetings, everyone,


It was a brisk but mercifully dry ride over to Knightdale High School this afternoon, and a glorious sunset on the ride home afterward.  We've never before had an opportunity to make an MSAP presentation at Knightdale High School; so, when DE instructor April Cobb - a long-time supporter of MSAP whose father rode a motorcycle for nearly 70 years - invited me to present to her class, I jumped at the chance.  I was really blown away by the beauty of this relatively new school and its campus, and the 25 students I had in Ms. Cobb's class were really special.  They were a diverse and talkative group, but attentive and respectful, and they asked a lot of good questions, so it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always look to the side at least three times and expect motorcycles to be there
To look for motorcycles and be aware that they are on the road
To look out for motorcycles because they could be coming from any angle or direction
To always watch out for motorcycles on the road
How the clueless mistakes people make can kill someone
To be aware of your surroundings and to be aware of those around you
To watch the roads and pay attention
To always look both ways a couple of times before turning; expect to see a motorcycle
To always look twice at any intersection
How easy it is to not notice a motorcyclist on the road and how easy it is to kill one of them  


And a few extra comments from the students:

I'll pay a lot more attention while driving, and I won't rush through lights and around turns; a great program Loved Geezer
I'm just very grateful to have been taught this information
It seems like a good program, and Geezer is cool
I'm soon to be a new driver, and I really need to look out for them (motorcycles)
I really enjoyed the lesson; it provided some very helpful tips not only for looking out for bikers, but being one as well


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

2-3-2012

 

TGIF Greetings, everyone,

In physics, there is a principle called "Occam's (or Ockham's) Razor", attributed to William of Ockham, a 14th century logician and Franciscan friar who hailed from Ockham, a village in Surry, England.  The principle has equal applicability to other physical sciences, mathematics, quantum mechanics, metaphysics, and theology, and has been quoted by physicists Albert Einstein and David Hawking, and by astronomer Paul Davies, to name a few.  The maxim, often quoted in its Latin form, translates literally as "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily".  In application, Occam's Razor means, in its most elementary form, that the simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations.  Occam's Razor even finds its way into populist literature.  In his book titled, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - a philosophical evaluation of human values first published in 1974 - the author, Robert M. Pirsig applies Occam's Razor, perhaps unwittingly, when he renders all motorcycle problems down to one of three things - fire, fuel, or air.  But I digress. 

I can now testify that Occam's Razor has applicability to MSAP presentations as well.  Upon arriving at Apex High School this afternoon, I proceeded to hook up my portable DVD player to the classroom's wall projector, something I had done dozens of times without a problem...until today.  For five minutes I tried every conceivable combination of buttons on the projector, only to discover, much to my embarrassment, that the problem was not in the projector, but instead was the fault of my having plugged the cable to the projector into the "audio out" plug on my portable DVD player instead of the "video out" port.  Fortunately, neither of the young students helping me diagnose the problem saw me surreptitiously switch ports, and when the video suddenly appeared on the wall, I thanked them for fixing the problem.  I proceeded next to hook up the cable from the external room speakers to the "audio out" port on the DVD player...not a sound.  Once again, I and my two student assistants spent another five minutes tracing the audio cables from the DVD player to the speakers, unplugging and plugging the terminals, with no success...until one of the students, obviously employing Occam's Razor, asked me if the volume control on the DVD player was "on".  Well, you guessed it; the volume was set on "mute" and a simple rotation of the volume control solved the problem.  It was at that moment I thought of Occam's Razor and wished I had applied it earlier in the process.  Fortunately, both of my high school student assistants were gracious enough not to mention it to their classmates, at least while I was in the room, and we all had a great laugh about it.  I mean, what else can you do at that point?  

Anyway, I had a great group of 26 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class, and once I finally did get underway, they seemed to enjoy the class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always look both ways more than once to check for incoming vehicles
To look three times before turning at an intersection and stay two seconds behind the motorcyclist in front of you
The importance of being aware of motorcycles and knowing what their intentions are
That "If you expect us, you'll see us"
To look three or more times before going through an intersection for a car or motorcycle
To be aware of bikers around you
To always expect a biker is to always be safe from hitting a biker
To expect the unexpected


And some additional comments from the students:

The air horn was helpful; now I'm going to drive "on my toes"
I will be more aware of other vehicles and motorcycles
I will be expecting motorcyclists out on the road and therefore I will notice them
Geezer is my hero
It was helpful
Geezer is a great instructor
Thank you, Geezer! I will be a safer driver now
Enjoyed the "sunny day" demonstration
I now know I should check many times for a motorcycle
The pictures really made me think and realize how cautious we need to be


Have a safe and restful weekend.  Go Giants!  


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

2-2-2012

Groundhog Day Greetings, everyone,

Well, Puxatawny Phil and Sir Walter Wally may have both seen their shadows today heralding six more weeks of winter, but it sure didn't feel like it as I rode to Broughton High School in Raleigh this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very polite and engaged students in DE instructor Beth Parsons' class.  This was only their second day of classroom instruction, but I was impressed with how attentive the students were and by the good questions they asked.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always check your blind spot and look three times before turning at an intersection
About how easy it is to get into an accident
To look three times before turning; always look for motorcycles
To assume that there is a motorcycle on the road
To be more cautious on the road and aware of motorcycles and blind spots
That motorcycles are a lot smaller and harder to see than cars so they're easier to crash into
That you can't always just glance and expect to see hazards
To always keep an eye out for your surroundings
That motorcycles are hard to see so you have to pay 100% attention
To look more than once because sometimes motorcyclists are hard to see


And here are a few extra comments added by the students:

Motorcycles are awesome!!!
Geezer was really a good teacher
It was very informative and interesting and will help me when I drive
I thought that this was very informational and I now know more about the risks motorcyclists take every day
It helps us to be better drivers
Very helpful and will definitely make me a safer driver


And my favorite student comment of the day:

I really didn't want to stay after school for drivers ed, but this experience really changed my thinking


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

2-1-2012

First day of February Greetings, everyone,

Another beautiful day for riding over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh.  I had a great group of 22 very attentive and polite students, many of whom had some experience with motorcycles of one sort or another.  They had lots of good questions, and it was clear that some of them knew a few things about riding, so it was a really fun class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To always look and leave enough room around you, and to check blind spots
That if you expect us (motorcycles), you'll see us
To leave a 2-second window between me and a motorcycle
That there are a lot of motorcycles on the street, so I need to be really alert
To remember to be alert for anything and everything
To share the road and be aware of the unexpected


And here are some additional comments from students:

The horn thing was awesome
Cool video and presentation
I will always look out for the smaller vehicles first and check at least three times; I think it was great!
Thank you, I will be a better driver
Geezer is a cool dude
I'm glad to know what I do now
It was a good experience
I will be much more cautious when I am driving from now on


I feel very good about these young people driving.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1/31/2012

Greetings, everyone,

Another beautiful day for a ride, this time over to East Wake High School in Wendell.  I had a great class of 34 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Stephen Fister's class.  The majority had some sort of experience on a motorcycle, and they weren't shy about sharing their experiences, so it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look both ways more than two times before entering the intersection
How motorcyclists get into accidents and why
To look more than once when turning and to look for motorcycles because they are difficult to see
To look out for motorcycles and frequently scan the road
To always pay attention for motorcycles
To keep a safe distance from motorcycles
That so many accidents have happened just by not paying attention to one little thing
To expect the unexpected and to check your surroundings


And some additional comments from the students:

It made me more aware of motorcycles
I will look both ways more than once
Thank you for the information
The videos help a lot when you're trying to imagine what could happen
The horn was shocking, but cool


I think these young drivers-to-be will do well.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1-30-2012

Monday Greetings, everyone,


The ride over to Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh was all too short.  I had only ten students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class, so it made for a relaxed and relatively informal session with the students asking some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look for the mouse, so you'll see the elephant
That motorcycles are difficult to see
To look and look again at intersections before turning, and always expect the unexpected
How to be careful and on the lookout when driving
How to be aware on the road for motorcyclists

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-27-2012

TGIF Greetings, everyone,


A blustery but wonderfully warm day for a ride to Heritage High School in Wake Forest this afternoon.  I had a very lively, but attentive group of 33 young drivers-to-be, the majority of whom had some experience riding motorcycles or scooters, and many of whom had questions, so it was great fun being with them.  Here's some of what the students said they learned today:

To make sure to always look for motorcycles and always expect the unexpected
How to pay attention to smaller vehicles and to be aware on the road
To stay at least two seconds behind the motorcycle
To be a lot more cautious and aware
To always look more than once when I am making a turn
To expect the unexpected
To look for things that are small so that I won't hit them and cause an accident


And a few extra comments from the students:

It made me more aware of what's going on in the road
It made me realize that I need to be more aware of motorcyclists and what damage can be done
It made me realize I should be more aware of motorcycles
It was very eye-opening and Geezer made me realize how dangerous and scary it can be for the biker
I enjoyed the presentation
It was very informative and helpful
It will definitely help me, especially the scare he gave us with the horn, since it scared me completely enough to double-check
I liked it; it was interesting; I learned a lot and it raised awareness in my mind; I will never forget this experience
It was really eye-opening; great job!!


This was only the students' third day, but I think they'll do just fine.

Have a safe and restful weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-26-2012

Thursday Greetings, everyone,

Another spring-like day and a great ride over to Fuquay-Varina High School where I had a wonderful group of 23 very attentive students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class.  Many of these students had first hand experience with motorcycles or had family members who ride, so it was a fun group to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look for motor vehicles that are smaller than mine (x3)
To always watch out for motorcyclists (x2)
That motorcycles are on the road all the time no matter the weather
To look three times before crossing an intersection and to not follow a car too close
That if you look for the mouse, you'll see the elephant
To be aware of motorcycles because they can get badly hurt if I hit them with a car
To keep a safe distance and always be sure of what someone will do, not what they are signaling
To expect the unexpected
To always pay attention for what's coming your way


And some additional comments from the students:

Good and entertaining
It was cool
I will know more about how to share the road with motorcycles; it was very helpful and informational
I really liked Geezer


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1-26-2012

 

MSAP UPDATE 01/25/2012
 
It was good day to ride over to Cardinal Gibbons yesterday. But like Pauls’ class mine was only about 8 miles away and most of that was filled with a bunch of other people.  Kathy Stefanou had a polite, respectful and attentive class of 32 students. They had some good comments and questions and generally seemed to get it. Take a look.
 
Showing how if you don’t look for something you won’t see it
You can’t see what your not looking for
Over 70% of m/c accidents are the fault of the car driver
The distractions
Looking for not just cars or 18 wheelers but also motorcycles. The awareness test helped
The distractions I will come across, what to do when being passed by a motorcycle
Checking more often before turning
Look out for everything
 
There were a bunch more really good comments from the students as well.
 
Additional comments
 
It was better than expected. It was entertaining & informational
This program helped me be a more aware driver
Great! Very helpful! Thank You.
It helped prepare me for real-life road experiences
 
Lets all hope they remember when they get out on the road
until my next class
 
Ride Safe
Ride Often
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP Instructor

 

1-25-2012

Wednesday Greetings, everyone,


Another gorgeous day for a ride, even if it was just a short one over to Apex High School.  I had an active group of 30 students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class; they had lots of questions, but it was one of those classes where you leave wondering if you got through to them, only to see from their comments on the student surveys that they indeed got the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be cautious of your surroundings and notice motorcyclists more often
To be more aware of motorcyclists; also that a lot of crashes happen from not seeing the person so it's good to always look both ways more than once
To be more aware of motorcycles because they are so small
To always expect motorcycles
To look for the unexpected
That motorcycles are small and hard to see, so expect to see a motorcycle so you don't hit them
That motorcyclists are just like other people
To watch out for motorcycles because they are smaller, and therefore harder to see
To always look for motorcycles; they can be anywhere


And a few extra comments from the students:

When I begin to drive, I will really look out for motorcyclists
Thank you for coming; it was more helpful than I thought it would be
The speaker was great, and funny
I found it very helpful and informational and extremely good info to have out on the road
This was really cool and I think it helped a lot of people
It will help me to be more aware of motorcylists on the road


I think these young drivers-to-be will do just fine out on the road.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-24-2012

Greetings, everyone,


An unexpectedly mild day made for a wonderful ride over to Holly Springs High School this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 24 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  They asked a lot of good questions and seemed to enjoy our time together.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be more aware to motorcycles
To keep an eye on motorcyclists on the road
To look for motorcycles and expect to see them
To look at least three times before going 
To be more aware and take your time to look
To be cautious and respect everybody
That if you expect motorcyclists, you will be safer and so will the bikers
To not forget that motorcycles are out there; if you're aware of them, it's a lot safer


And a few extra comments from the students:

I enjoyed learning about it
I learned a lot more than I expected
Geezer is awesome


'nuf said.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1-21-2012

Saturated Saturday Greetings, everyone,


A wet ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon, but a good opportunity to hone my wet-weather riding skills and to demonstrate to the students the MSAP lesson to expect bikers on the road in any kind of weather.  I had a wonderful class of 35 very attentive students from 19 different high schools.  They asked many excellent questions, and it was a lot of fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always be aware and to notice things, and to especially notice motorcyclists
That motorcycles are quick and hard to see
That if you expect to see motorcycles, you will see them and not hit them
To always look more than twice for other people on the road
To be aware; don't ignore blind spots
That expecting to see people riding motorcycles will help prevent accidents


And some additional comments from the students:

Honestly, all of it will help me be a safer driver; the entire class was very informative; keep doing what you're doing
I never knew the dangers of being a motorcyclist and how cars affect this danger greatly; I will be more careful around motorcycles; thanks, Geezer
I thought it was interesting, and everyone should go through it
It was interesting and really cool


Have a great weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1-20-2012

TGIF Greetings, everyone,


A little moist on the return trip, but still a great ride to Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School this afternoon.  I had the privilege to meet DE instructor Rogerlene Cotten for the first time, and her class of 27 very polite and attentive students.  These young drivers-to-be had a lot of questions, and it was great fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that will help them to be safer drivers:

That you should be cautious of motorcycles
To look more than once while crossing an intersection
To look more carefully on the road for motorcycles
That I need to watch for motorcycles on the road because I can seriously injure or kill them
To be more cautious because things can happen a lot faster than what i think
To always expect to see a motorcycle
To use the SIPDE method
To pay attention on the road, and don't get distracted by other stuff


And here are some comments added by the students:

The way the information was presented made motorcycle drivers seem like victims which was very persuasive
He was very nice and helpful
Mr. Geezer was very helpful
Quite interesting in my opinion
Geezer was a funny person, and he kept me interested


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1-19-2012

Thursday Greetings, everyone,


It's always a pleasure to be able to ride over to Roxboro to bring the MSAP message to the students of Person County High School.  It's a 108-mile round trip through the scenic pasture land of northern Durham and southern Person County, and except for having to put up with rush hour traffic in Durham on the last leg home, it was a wonderful, brisk ride.  I had a great group of 53 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Joy Montgomery's class, and they had some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To look and take your time in order not to hit a motorcycle or driver
That motorcycles are harder to see
To treat motorcyclists with respect and acknowledge them
To know to look for motorcycles more carefully
To look three times when turning left
To expect motorcycles so I can see them more
I learned that motorcycles are hard to see, so always look more than once
I think what will help me the most is knowing that it is difficult to see a bike when you're you're driving, and that I will have to be careful and pay attention
That one little mistake can cause the end of a life
To watch for motorcycles; always pay attention to what's around me
To make sure I check at least twice for other drivers and especially motorcycles


And a few extra comments from the students:

Fun class
It was helpful
This is really a helpful presentation
I really like this program, and thank you a lot
I will make sure I am looking for smaller vehicles when I start driving
I think this program is good because it teaches students about the accidents and things not to do
This is a good class to teach everybody that's driving


Until next time, keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-17-2012

 

Greetings, once again, everyone,

It was a beautiful, blustery day for a ride to Wake County's premier academic and performing arts high school - Enloe - in east Raleigh, and a wonderful group of 34 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class when I got there.  The students had some good questions, and it was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that they said will help them be safer drivers:

To look three or more times before going
To expect the unexpected
To check intersections multiple times
To be super aware
That motorcycles are harder to see, so take at least three looks
That motorcycles are difficult to see, so you should watch out


And a few extra comments from students:

I just think this was some helpful information
I'll use the 2-second rule on the road and take my time to look at an intersection
Geezer is cool


It was a pleasure to be with these students today, and I feel very good about sharing the road with these young drivers-to-be.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-12-2012

 

Greetings, everyone,

My second class of the day was at beautiful Green Hope High School in Cary.  I had  a wonderful group of 23 very attentive students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class, and it was great to see Ms. Stone back in the classroom and fully recovered from surgery in December.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from today's presentation:

To always be aware of the things around you
To expect to see motorcyclists
That I really need to be cautious of motorcycles
How to be more aware of my environment
To pay attention to motorcyclists
To make sure I always look out for smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, and always be cautious
To look three times at an intersection


And some additional comments from students:

It was a great presentation
It was a good class
They should do this at every school if they don't already


I hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1-12-2012

Greetings, everyone,

After all the rain yesterday, it was great to be able to ride in the sunshine today.  I had a wonderful group of 34 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class at Panther Creek High School in Apex this afternoon.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:  

That so many motorcyclists get injured or killed every week
That I need to be more aware of people besides the ones in other cars
To look out at least three times before I turn and to look for motorcycles just so I notice them
To remember to look for them because if you look for them, you'll see them
To always be aware of motorcycles and always be considerate to bikers
That you should look at least three times before turning left or crossing an intersection
That drivers sometimes subconsciously ignore motorcycles or think they are farther away than they are
To expect motorcycles at all times
That you should look more carefully for motorcycle drivers because they are harder to see


And here are some additional comments from the students:

This helped me to realize how serious the accidents for motorcyclists can be
The fact that motorcyclists are so vulnerable made me realize I need to be a very safe and cautious driver
This presentation was very helpful and I think will help me be a safer driver
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to cmoe talk to us
I love how Mr. Geezer added personal experience and references to people he knows!

Until next time.

 

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

1/10/2012

BAMA's 14th National Football Championship greetings, everyone,


What better way to celebrate the Tide's awe-inspiring win over LSU last night than to bring the MSAP message to a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class at Cary High School this afternoon.  They didn't have many questions, but from their comments on the student surveys, it's clear they got the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To watch out for motorcycles
To always expect a motorcycle
That motorcycles are hard to see
The importance of paying attention for motorcycles; thank you
To focus on driving and don't take risks
Why motorcycles move around
That if you expect motorcycles, you'll see them
Where motorcycles are most likely to be and that they ride all the time


And some extra comments from students:

Geezer is a pretty cool dude
It will help me to become more aware
It was very helpful
 

And my favorite student comment of the day:

My dad needs to take this course


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

1/09/2012

ROLL TIDE greetings, everyone,


It was a chilly, wet ride to Broughton High School in Raleigh this afternoon, but I was warmly greeted when I got there by the 28 students in DE instructor Beth Parsons' class.  They were a very polite and attentive group with lots of questions, so it was fun being with them.  Several were Crimson Tide fans, so they obviously were an intellectual group as well.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect them (motorcycles) in all circumstances
To make sure to look out fo rmotorcycles on the roads
To expect motorcycles on the road
To remember to be expecting to see motorcycles
To make sure I expect the unexpected and that I am not distracted
To allow two seconds between you and a motorcycle driver and check multiple times before turning
That if you look for the mouse, you'll see the elephant
To be more attentive for all drivers, bikers included, while driving
How I should always pay attention on the road and look out for motorcycles and cars
That when you are following a motorcycle, you should be at least two seconds away
To expect the unexpected
To look three or more times before turning


And a few extra comments from the students:

I learned a lot I never knew about motorcycles
I learned a lot that I know will make me more aware when driving
Very interesting (x2)
A very interesting and fun class, not boring at all
Awesome presentation and motorcycle dude


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

01-04-2012

 

New Year Greetings, everyone,

It was a brisk, but sunny ride over to Franklin Academy in Wake Forest this afternoon, and it could not have been more appropriate than that our first MSAP presentation of the new year be to a class being taught by Linda St. Claire, a DE teacher who has, more than any other, been a vocal and vigorous advocate for the MSAP program.  It was a wonderful group of 36 very attentive students, and it was fun to be with them.  Here is a sample of what the students said they learned:

That if you look for motorcycles, then you will see them and not hit them
Knowing that motorcycles aren't easily seen will make me look harder
The statistics will definitely make me a more cautious driver
To double check for a person on a motorcycle, and if I see one, I will not pull out
That you won't see a motorcycle as well if you just glance once before continuing forward
That motorcycles are moving faster and are closer than they typically appear to be, and that they're harder to see
To be more aware of motorcyclists on the road
To always expect for motorcyclists to be on the road


And here's some additional comments from students:

Thanks to motorcycle safety, I will be super cautious when I'm driving
This program is AMAZING!
There were many interesting (and scary) statistics about motorcycle accidents; it was very interesting, educational, and fun
I really liked it, and I think every young driver should hear some form of this presentation
I learned a lot in this class, more than I expected; it was very helpful
The videos shown in class and the air horn will for sure stick in my mind


I think these young drivers will do just fine.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

12-29-2011

 

Thursday Greetings, everyone,

Our last MSAP presentation of the year was at Friendship Christian School in north Raleigh this morning.  I had a great time getting to know DE instructor Kevin Elston (who also is the band director at Friendship Christian) and the 50 very polite and attentive students in his class.  These students represented 18 different, mostly parochial schools in Wake County, and it was a pleasure to be able to spend time with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that will help them be safer drivers:

To look more than once for a motorcycle coming
To always be on the lookout for motorcyclists because they are hard to see
That if you see them, you won't hit them…hopefully…
That if you expect a motorcyclist, you'll see the motorcyclist
That the majority of accidents with motorcycles and cars occur at an intersection and are the car driver's fault
To look more than two times and to remember that bikers are always on the road
That if you expect to see motorcyclists, then you will see them; so always expect to see motorcyclists
That 72% of motorcycle/car accidents are the driver of a car's fault
To check three times at an intersection before turning


And some additional comments from students:

My uncle and aunt ride, so I appreciate the job you are doing informing kids about motorcycle awareness
I will look for bikers; Geezer rocks!!!
You rock, Geezer!
I really enjoyed the presentation and the unique and interesting ways I was taught different lessons
I think Geezer is cool

And my favorite student comment of the day:

I will always be aware that there are motorcycles on the road


I won't mind sharing the road with these young drivers.

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year's weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

12-28-2011

Greetings, again, everyone,


My second MSAP presentation of the day was at beautiful Ravenscroft School in north Raleigh.  I had a wonderful group of 37 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class, and they seemed to really enjoy the presentation.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be aware that they are out there
To double (or triple) check for motorcycles at an intersection
To expect to see motorcycles
To watch out for motorcycles all of the time and be expecially careful at intersections
To be on the lookout for bikers since they are hard to see
That motorcyclists are closer than they appear
To be more aware and respectful towards motorcycles so that I can drive safer, saving more lives 
That motorcycles look smaller and farther away than they actually are


And here's a few extra comments from the students:

Geezer is the man
Geezer is da bomb
Geezer, you rock my world!
This presentation was very helpful, informational, as well as fun and interesting
I didn't get bored at all (not kidding)
This program was very helpful to me to become a cautious driver and watch out for things
I will now look for people on motorcycles; it was fun
I have been around bikes since I was born and I still didn't know about everything in this presentation
Very good presentation and fille with tons of information and tips
I enjoyed the presentation overall; thanks, Geezer!
Thank you so much for showing me how to be a safer driver
I will watch out for the "little" guys


And my favorite student comment of the day:

It really helped me understand there are people on the road other than me


These young drivers-to-be are ready for prime time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12-28-2011

After Christmas Greetings, everyone,

Now that Christmas is past, it's time to get back to MSAP, and my first class today was at Sanderson High School in north Raleigh.  DE instructor Denise Stover, a long time supporter of MSAP, does a great job with her students, and today she had a full class of 40 very attentive students from a wide array of schools in Wake County.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from today's presentation:

That motorcyclists are on the road all the time
How important it is to be aware of motorcycles
To be ready and aware of whatever might happen on the road
To always expect to see a motorcycle on the road
To look more than three times before I make a turn
To make sure I look at least three times when turning to make sure there aren't any motorcycles
To be cautious and to share the road


And here's a few extra comments added by the students:

I learned a lot (x2)
The quote about "expect us and you'll see us" just made a lot of sense to me; I don't know why, but it did; thanks for coming
I thought it was really informational
Geezer did a really great job


And my favorite student comment of the day:

I will be more aware of looking for bikers when I am driving


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/15/2011

 

Greetings, everyone,

My last MSAP presentation of the week was at Cary High School.  A nice balmy day for my ride, but all to short.  I had a wonderful group of 34 students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class.  This was their second to the last day of classroom instruction, and they were going to get their final test results after my presentation, so the students were understandably on edge.  They didn't ask any questions, but they were very polite and attentive, and it was a pleasure being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That I should always watch for bikes
To watch more closely for motorcycles
To pay more attention to motorcycles
That if you expect motorcycles on the road at any time, you will see them
To not multi-task and to pay attention to the road
How texting makes you 23 times more likely to get into an accident
To expect motorcycles everywhere
That it's often the driver's fault, so as a driver, I now know to be more careful


And some additional comments from students:

It taught me the skills necessary to be a safe driver
It reminded me what I really need to look for when I start driving
I didn't know that most motorcycle accidents happen while making left turns; it helped me learn to watch for motorcycles
It will make me pay more attention to the road


I hope everyone has a safe and joyous Christmas.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

12/14/2011

Greetings, everyone,

My MSAP presentation today was at Sanderson High School in north Raleigh, and what a nice day it was for a ride.  I had a wonderful group of 24 very attentive students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class, and they had lots of good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that will make them safer drivers:

To look more than once before turning or merging
To look for bikers at an intersection
That so many people die on bikes every week, so be careful and look out for them
That we need to pay more attention to the little things because it could be a motorcycle or something else
To watch out and be more cautious driving and looking for motorcycles
To look more carefully for motorcycles and to be more cautious at intersections
That you should always be careful and expect to see motorcyclists
To make sure you look more than twice so you won't cause an accident


And some additional comments from students:

It was very helpful because I didn't know all of those things
My dad has a motorcycle and knowing that he has to worry about the other drivers scares me
This presentation is the best way to give information for me, and I learned a lot
Just opened my eyes to the fact that cars aren't the only things I need to worry about
Geezer has a fierce beard


Until tomorrow.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/13/2011

Greetings, everyone,


My third and final MSAP presentation of the day was at beautiful Green Hope High School in west Cary.  The regular DE teacher - Cathy Stone - was having surgery today, and our prayers and best wishes go out to her, so DE coordinator Chip Bunn was handling the class today.  This was the class' last day of classroom instruction, nevertheless, the 31 students could not have been more polite or attentive.  It was a pleasure to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that will make them safer drivers:

That motorcycles appear smaller and farther away than they are; and to look both ways more than once
To look out more and be more aware of the road
That if you look for the mouse, you will see the elephant
That people misjudge the speed of motorcycles because they are smaller and harder to see
That I should look at least three times for motorcycles at an intersection
That we can't see motorcycles as well as cars
To look out for motorcycles
That safe highways = awareness + respect + education


And some additional comments from the students:

This was interesting, and I actually learned a lot unlike other presentations
I think it was great to learn about and will help me in the future
It has made me more cautious and aware to be a safe driver; it taught me about motorcycles and it was very helpful
This class has been helpful and will make me a more cautious driver when driving with motorcycles


Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down.

Until next time.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/13/2011

Greetings, once again, everyone,


It was surprisingly a lot warmer for the ride to my second class of the day, this one this afternoon at Panther Creek High School in Apex.  I had a wonderful group of 43 very attentive and polite students, many of whom had some experience with motorcycles, and so it was a lot of fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from the class:

How much more aware of others we should be, not just ourselves and how distracted we get so easily, so we should be more careful and cautious
To make sure I look for smaller vehicles like motorcycles while I'm driving
To be more careful about driving when I start to drive, especially with motorcyles and other vehicles to keep on the lookout for them
That you have to make a conscious choice to look for motorcycles
To look everywhere; look for the smaller things and not just the big things
To expect the unexpected and that we should treat motorcylists with the same respect that we'd want to receive
To pay better attention while driving and watch for motorcycles
To keep an eye out for little things and be more cautious for motorcyclists
That if you look for the mouse, you'll see the elephant


And some additional comments from students:

I thought Geezer was a really cool dude
I really enjoyed it (even the air horn); keep it up
I liked this class; it let us know about a lot of things I was not aware of before
I learned tons of stuff that I didn't know about before; thanks
This presentation should be given to every single driver; it's helpful and life changing
It was the most entertaining thing we've done in drivers ed so far
Geezer is really awesome and very helpful
I loved Geezer - he was awesome!
I will always pay attention and be aware of motorcycles


These young people will make very good drivers; I look forward to sharing the road with them.

Until next time.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/13/2011

Greetings, everyone,

A nice day - brisk and sunny - for a ride over to First Baptist Church in Garner where DE instructor Linda St. Claire was teaching a class of 35 very well behaved and attentive homeschool students.  They were a lot of fun to be with and asked some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To check more often for motorcyclists on the road when I turn
To check blind spots and expect motorcyclists to be there
To always be aware of who's around me when driving
That motorcyclists are much more exposed than a motorist in a car, so I need to respect and be careful when driving on the road
That I should look before I act so that more people's lives can be saved
That motorcyclists ride all the time in any weather
To expect the unexpected and always expect that there will be bikes on the road
To look out for motorcycles every time I step in a car
To be aware all the time and look around a lot


And some additional comments from students:

It helped me to realize how many motorcycle crashes are caused by reckless drivers
Geezer is a great teacher
It was so cool
I never really thought about motorcycles 'til now, because I never really noticed them anyway, but now I'm more aware
Inexperienced drivers who know about motorcycles will be better drivers
This was a very helpful class


These young drivers-to-be should do very well.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/12/2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


No better way to start the week that with a nice, brisk autumn ride over to Enloe High School this afternoon.  Enloe is Wake County's premier academic and performing arts high school, and it's always a pleasure being with DE instructor Emma Haynes and the students there.  I had a wonderful group of 26 very polite and attentive students, and while they didn't ask many questions, I think they got the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To look for motorcyclists when I am on the road
That if you expect them, then you will see them
That there are different kinds of motorbikes and many are very hard to see; this was very helpful
That bikers are out 24/7 and to always look out for bikers on the road
To look for motorcycles on the road and pay attention to my surroundings
To always look at your blind spots for motorcycles
That in motorcycle-automobile accidents, it's usually the car drivers' fault
That most drivers hit motorcycles because they're not paying attention
How to be aware of motorcycles on the road
How hard it is to see motorcycles and how much you need to look for them
To check three times at an intersection


And some additional comments from students:

I actually did learn a lot about motorcycles on the road and it makes more sense than I thought
I think this was very helpful to me; I know more about bikes and bike safety
It's a good program, and I think everyone should go through the program
It was informational


I feel comfortable sharing the road with these young drivers-to-be.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/9/2011

Greetings again, everyone,


My second class of the day was at Wake County's flagship high school - Broughton - in downtown Raleigh.  Even though I was the last thing between the 20 students in DE instructor Beth Parsons' clas and their weekend, they were polite and attentive, with some very good questions that they were totally unafraid to ask, so it was a lot of fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned that will make them safer drivers:

How to maneuver around motorcyclists
To always expect a motorcycle and to check intersections three times for motorcycles
To watch out for motorcyles more
How common motorcycle accidents are
That you should pay more attention to motorcycles because they're harder to notice
To look for motorcyclists at intersections and on the roads
To expect the unexpected because you never know when something is going to happen
To look for motorcyclists all day every day


And some additional comments from the students:

It was very informative
Thank you for coming and taking your time with us
Good job, Geezer (2)
I thought the class was interesting and a lot better than learning from a computer
The instructor was very helpful! Geezer is da BOMB
The instructor was awesome; Geezer is the man - he rocks
I will expect motorcyclists so I will watch out for them and not hit them


Have a safe and restful weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/9/2011

TGIF Greetings, everyone,


A great day for a ride over to Athens Drive High School in western Raleigh this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very attentive students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class, and they had some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That I need to be 110% focused when I'm driving in order to keep myself and others safe
To watch for motorcycles, and always expect to see one
How easy it is to hit a motorcycle and how easy it is to not see them
To know that car drivers are a threat to bikers and that we need to be aware of biker
To look more than twice before turning
That you will not see motorcycles unless you are on the lookout for them
To always look out for others and be cautious
To be cautious and aware of motorcycles
That a motorcycle will seem farther away and slower than it is


And some extra comments added by students:

Geezer is super cool, and I learned a lot about what motorcyclists do
Thank you for coming in! You taught us a lot!!!
Great job, man; I had fun
Entertaining and informational; you're the man, Geezer!!!!!!!!!


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/8/2011

Greetings, everyone,


A refreshingly brisk ride over to Fuquay-Varina High School this afternoon, and a wonderful group of 25 very attentive students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class when I got there.  These students had a lot of experience among them on dirt bikes and other motorcycles - both as riders and drivers - so it was a fun group to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned this afternoon:

That I should look out for motorcycles all the time
To check more than one time for motorcycles at intersections
To look three times before turning
That to be a safe driver, avoid distractions and be extra careful in blindspots


And some additional comments from students:

I enjoyed the presentation
Great, Geezer does a great job in explaining the importance and making it interesting
Geezer is the man (2)
Geezer is my new favorite nickname
I think that this is a great program and should be required for drivers ed
He made me realize how much you need to watch for motorcycles; it was very good


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/6/2011

Greetings, everyone,


It was a wonderfully balmy day for a ride over to Wendell this afternoon for an MSAP presentation at East Wake High School.  DE instructor Steve Lister - a Harley rider himself - gave his class a short break when I got there to give me time to set up, but soon all 31 students were back and full of questions, and the first question was one I'd never had before - "Do you live in a house?"  Right away I could tell this was going to be a fun class, and they didn't disappoint me.  They were a lively group, but from their questions and their student survey comments, it was clear they got the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That I need to watch for other vehicles, like motorcycles, very cautiously
To expect the unexpected
That if we expect motorcycles, we'll see them
That motorcycles are difficult to see, so you need to be alert
To look before you turn and always expect a motorcycle when driving
That if you see them, you won't hit them, so look for them


And some extra comments added by the students:

This rocks!!! Great lesson
Everything I learned today will help me be a safer driver
The horn that was blown will help me remember to stay alert and aware of smaller/unexpected vehicles and other objects


Until next time, keep the shiny side up.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

12/5/2011

Monday greetings, everyone,


There's no better way to start the week than having the opportunity to help our young people be better, safer drivers.  It was my pleasure this afternoon to ride over to Holly Springs High School and be able to spend some time with the 36 very courteous and attentive students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  This was a fun group of young drivers-to-be, and they had lots of very good questions and motorcycle experiences of their own to share, so we all had a good time, at least I know I did.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look three times before making a turn
That you should keep a two second distance from a bike in front of you
That if I expect to see a motorcyclist, I will see them and be more aware of them
Knowing that what I do on the road affects every other driver
To respect other drivers, especially motorcycle drivers
To expect motorcyclists on the road
That it's harder to see a motorcyclist, so look before you pull out
To treat the motorcyclist as if he/she was your neighbor


Some additional comments from the students:

It really helps me see how important it is to keep alert
I learned a ton of stuff
Loved the air horn
I thought it was very helpful and entertaining and fun
It was really cool
I liked Geezer, he was fun and nice
I will look for motorcycles on any road at any time; this was helpful


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

12/2/2011

 

MSAP UPDATE 12/02/2011
 
It was a bit warmer for todays trip out to Wake Forest and a longer ride too. Broke out some slightly warmer clothes since I knew the sun would fall before I came home. Kathy Stefanou was glad to have us come and give our presentation as always. She had a group of 28 students. One really got my attention, come to find out he had moved here from Arizona and had actually already taken their version of DE. Kathy had told him that he would need to provide an e-mail proof of his previous DE. He decided that this DE class was much more in depth than what he had taken and wanted to go though Wake Countys version. Apparently in Arizona the don't do real on the road training and very little class time. I thought this was very interesting to hear. Anyway take look and see what the students had to say. A bunch had ridden before and have family that ride.
 
Always look for the smaller vehicle and you will see that bigger ones
Watch out for motorcycles, they are smaller than cars
To look for motorcycles and they look farther away than they really are
Motorcycles are harder to see
To always watch for motorcycles or i won't see them
Seeing how much I have to pay attention
 
Additional Comments
 
Interesting class, I learned alot of new info.
It was fun
It was very helpfulThanks for scaring the soul out of me today
 
I have to say this one is the best!!
 
I think it's great what ya'll do. all of my family rides as well so it's cool to hear that there's an organization trying to make them safer.
 
Have a great and safe weekend
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

 

12/1/2011

MSAP UPDATE 12/01/2011
 
Good day for a ride over to Leesville HS. I love riding this time of year. I actually wish it was a little farther away from the house. I had a good group of 31students already waiting for the "Guest Speaker" to come. I think they may have been a little surprised when I walked in all "Leathered Up". The were very interested and had good questions and comments. Take a look below.
 
I will make sure to look for motorcycles
Motorcycles (ists?) are most likely to be killed at an intersection
To look for motorcycles, especially at intersections
Hand signals, entire presentation
It's harder to see motorcycles, I will definitely check more than once
Why motorcycles move around in their lane
 
 
Additional comments
 
Very good
Great job and very interesting
The horn was loud!!
The horn scared the crap out of me, I think my heart is still racing
 
I think this will be a better group to be around on the road.
 
Ride Safe
Ride Often
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

12/1/2011

First Day of December Greetings, everyone,


A wonderful day for a ride over to Wakefield High School in north Raleigh this afternoon; a might brisk on the ride home, but a great opportunity to test the Seirus Thermax glove liners I bought to try to keep my fingers warn this winter.  DE instructor and avid MSAP supporter Linda St. Claire had her class of 29 students ready for me when I got there, and they were a very attentive and polite group of young people.  They had some good questions, and it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That motorcyclists are hard to see and you should be more cautious
To expect the unexpected
To be cautious of motorcycles and other vehicles around me and to focus on driving
That motorcycles are hard to see, and you can easily collide with them
To always look more than three times at an intersection and to always expect to see a motorcycle on the road
That you need to be aware of others around you
That when you text and drive, you are 23 times more likely to get in a crash
To watch out for any motorcycle drivers in the road and to look both ways more than once


And some extra comments from students:

Very good presentation
Thanks for teaching me about this
This was very fun/informational
Thank you for coming to teach us today! I learned so much.
I will be sure to be aware of motorcyclists and to give them their space
It was very entertaining and very informative; I liked it actually!!


I think these young drivers-to-be will do just fine.

Until next time.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11/30/2011

Greetings, everyone,


A cool, but dry and very pleasant ride over to Apex High School this afternoon.  DE instructor Melanye Olive's classroom was packed with 41 very polite and attentive students - six of whom were making up classroom time and had heard my presentation before, but I guess getting it a second time doesn't hurt.  I even employed one of the make-up students to blast the air horn for me, which he seemed to enjoy immensely.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To expect motorcycles and you will see them
To look for motorcycles in all different types of weather conditions
To expect there to be motorcycles at any time
That motorcycles look smaller and further away
To really watch out for motorcyclists
To expect the unexpected
To assume that there are bikers on the road
That motorcycles are closer and going faster than they appear


And a few extra comments from students:

I enjoyed the presentation
It was helpful
It will help me keep a safe distance and better look out
This will help me be a better driver and be much more aware
I will look in intersections more carefully
Great presenter; he taught me a lot and made it enjoyable
I liked it; it was very helpful to me


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11/28/2011

Rainy Monday Greetings, everyone,


Some days it's just not possible to avoid riding in the rain, and today was one of those days.  Fortunately, it wasn't a long ride over to Fuquay-Varina High School, and I had a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class when I got there, all the more amazing since this was their last day of class, and I was the last thing between them and dinner.  They asked some good questions and seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

To look three times for cars/motorcycles
That motorcyclists are out at any time
To watch out for motorcycles and to treat others as you want to be treated
To look for motorcycles and expect the unexpected
To watch out for bikers and to be careful
How to scan and search for a motorcycle to avoid a crash
To be aware of motorcycles on the road; you are sharing the road with them, so respect them


And some additional comments from students:

I learned a lot, great job teaching
It was informational
Good job, Geezer!
This will help me in the future


I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11/22/2011

Greetings, everyone,


A wonderfully balmy day for my ride over to Panther Creek High School in Apex for my last MSAP presentation before Thanksgiving.  I had a wonderful group of 38 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class, which was remarkable since I was the last thing between them and their holiday weekend.  They asked some good questions, and seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To triple check for motorcycles, because even when you don't think they are there, they are
To expect motorcyclists
To look for and expect motorcyclists because if you do you will see them
That motorcycles can be easily missed
To be aware because motorcycles are hard to see
That blindspots and motorcycles don't mix well
To treat drivers on a motorcycle with the same respect as a car or truck
To look more than once at a junction to get a better perspective
How important it is to be an alert driver and keep an eye out for motorcyclists because they are so hard to see
To know that there are more of them than I thought and they ride in bad weather as well


And some additional comments from students:

Geezer is awesome
I enjoyed the presentation, thanks a lot
This was very informational and helpful
Well presented, not boring, kept us awake
It was cool
Great job, Geezer!
I didn't realize 80% of what I was taught today


I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11-18-2011

TGIF Greetings, everyone,


A chilly, but mercifully dry, ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon for my last MSAP presentation of the week.  I was greeted by 22 very polite and friendly students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class.  They asked a lot of good questions and learned a lot.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That you could kill someone on a motorcycle if you're distracted and not careful
That if you take just one second longer you could avoid a wreck
That motorcyclists aren't as easy to see
To check for motorcyclists more than once at intersections
To pay attention to everyone on the road


And here are some comments added by students:

My brother's best friend died on a Harley-Davidson, so I know how hurt my brother was, and I don't want to do that to anyone
Even though I have been raised around motorcycles, this has been a great eye opener for me
I will expect the unexpected and always look before I act when I am on the road driving
I will be more aware of my surroundings


Have a safe and restful weekend.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-16-2011

 

Wednesday Greetings everyone,

A short but very pleasant ride to Cary Academy this afternoon.  DE instructor Kathy Stefanou's class of 30 very attentive students were a pleasure to be with.  They asked some really good questions, and from the comments on their student surveys, it is clear that they got the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned today:

How easy it is to miss a motorcyclist and how I need to expect to see one to keep others and myself safe
That you should expect the unexpected and respect motorcycles on the road
How dangerous it is for motorcyclists to be on the road
To look three times instead of once or twice
That the most crashes with motorcycles happen while turning left


And some additional comments from students:

I thought it was presented really well; it was good length and to the point
I really enjoyed the presentation
Thank you so much for coming to speak with us; it was extremely beneficial to me and my classmates
The presentation was moving and extremely important; it was extremely valuable to increasing my awareness as a future driver
I definitely think that this will help me to be a safer driver; I am definitely going to be more aware; learning about the funerals was a definite impact
I feel that that will really help me, and I think you should present this to every peson who has or is getting a drivers license
I definitely think that I will become a better, safer driver after listening to this; the statistics made the difference
The blow horn was scary, but I will always remember to expect the unexpected now


And my favorite student comment of the day (if not of all time):

I've noticed how my parents always get mad at motorcycles, so I'll definitely tell them what I've learned  [you go, girl!]


Until tomorrow.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-14-2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


Another beautiful autumn day to ride, this time to Enloe High School in Raleigh, Wake County's premier academic and performing arts high school.  It's always a pleasure presenting at Enloe, and today was no exception.  I had a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class and they were really fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To watch out for motorcycles
To make sure I'm looking for the unexpected
That the more I pay attention, the less chance I'll have of hitting a motorcycle
To always look out for motorcycles
To be aware and expect motorcyclists
How easy it is to miss seeing a motorcycle, and that will help me to notice them
To always look three times at an intersection
To be aware of bikers because they are there, whatever the time or weather
That we can't see motorcycles if we don't look for them


And some additional comments from students:

Everything that was said today is going to help me in driving; it is a very good program
I liked it, and Mr. Geezer was cool
This was really cool; thank you for coming in
I liked it; it was fun
I think that everything we learned today helped
Geezer did a very good job, and he was very engaging


I don't think we'll have any problems sharing the road with these young drivers-to-be.

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11-10-2011

Greetings again, everyone,


It was a short but wet ride from Leesville Road to Broughton High School for my second presentation of the afternoon.  DE instructor Beth Parsons had her class of 30 students ready for me when I got there.  I was the last thing between them and their holiday weekend, and many of them seemed to already be in holiday mode, but they were really a lot of fun to be with and seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How hard it is to see a motorcyclist
To always expect a motorcyclist
To expect the unexpected
To look for motorcycles in even extreme conditions
That I have to be extremely careful when I drive on the roads because of motorcyclists


And some additional comments from students:

It was good, and I learned a lot
It has made me more aware of motorcycles
I learned a lot
I now know to be more aware of motorcyclists on the roads
Geezer was very educating in his presentation
I didn't even consider how much harder it would be to see motorcyclists; thank you for coming


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-10-2011

Rainy Thursday Greetings, everyone,


The rain arrived just in time for my ride over to Leesville Road High School in northwest Raleigh this afternoon, but it was a good opportunity to practice my wet weather riding skills.  I had a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Angela Stephenson's class who were a lot of fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look and listen more for motorcycles when on the road
To be alert and ready for motorcycles out on the road and to look twice before turning
To check for bikes and cars multiple times before pulling out so I won't hit or hurt anyone
That many people die from car drivers not paying attention to them
That it is very difficult to see motorcycles
To be aware of motorcycles, aware of what their actions mean and why they do them
To look for motorcycles and to be very cautious
To always be aware of motorcyclists; very helpful


And some additional comments from the students:

Geezer is cool; hope he and his friends stay safe
Thank you so much for your time; it's great to have people like you teaching us
Loved Geezer; he made it fun and interesting to learn about motorcycles
It made me think about how to be aware on the road

I don't think we'll have to worry about sharing the road with these young drivers-to-be.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11-9-2011

 

Wednesday Greetings, everyone,

Another gorgeous autumn day, and a very enjoyable (but all too short) ride over to Green Hope High School in Cary.  I had a great group of 35 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Cathy Stone's class.  They didn't ask many questions, but they were a fun group and seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what they said they learned:

To look out for motorcycles
To expect to see bikers
How most motorcycle/vehicle accidents occur and where they happen
That if I expect a motorcyclist, I'll probably see them and not hit them
To look both ways and double check for motorcycles
To be on the lookout for motorcycles
That I need to expect someone on a motorcycle so I will see them
To always be aware of motorcycles on the road no matter what time
Expect the unexpected


And some additional comments from students:

I will now look out for motorcycles and scooters
I have become aware of common motorcycle incidents and how to look out for them
Very informative
Mr. Geezer is awesome

Until next time, keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-8-2011

Greetings, everyone,


Another beautiful autumn afternoon, the kind of day that makes me wish my ride over to Athens Drive High School in western Raleigh could have been longer.  Anyway, I had a wonderful group of 19 very attentive students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class, and they asked some really good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always expect a motorcyclist and to always expect the unexpected
That cars aren't the only objects on the road and I should be aware of motorcycle drivers
That if you expect them, then you won't hit them
How much people don't pay attention and how fatal it is to motorcyclists
To watch carefully for motorcycles


And some additional comments from students:

This class helped me a lot, and I will be safer when I drive; thank you
It was very helpful; thank you
Way to go, Geezer
The horn thing was cool; it made an impact


Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

11/07/2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


Another beautiful autumn afternoon for my ride over to North Raleigh Christian Academy.  I had a wonderful group of 43 very attentive students in DE instructor Jack Lister's class.  Many of these students had some experience on a motorcycle - either as a rider or a driver - and one young lady was even a motocross competitor.  It was a lot of fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That they (motorcycles) are closer and faster than they appear
To always be aware of motorcyclists
That motorcycles can appear out of nowhere
To be aware of anything and everything around me
To look in blind spots frequently and S.H.A.R.E. the road and look for motorcycles
How it's so easy to miss something on the road like a motorcycle
To think of people when you see other vehicles, not just a heap of metal
That we need to take extra precautions with motorcycles on the road
To look both ways three times
To expect the unexpected
To check my blind spots carefully and to look everyway at intersections
To look out for motorcycles since they are smaller than cars, and look two or more times for motorcycles at intersections
That if you expect to see a motorcycle, you will see one and can avoid it


And some additional comments from students:

This will make me watch out for everything on the road and be a smart driver
I really enjoyed the presentation, and it brought me to realize how important it is to watch for oncoming traffic in any direction
Everything that has been taught today has been helpful
I loved it
We need to be aware of the unexpected because it could happen and affect our lives completely
Thank you, Geezer!
This program made me more aware of motorcycles on the road
Geezer is awesome
It made me consider things that I hadn't thought about before


And my favorite student comment of the day:

When a motorcycle is in motion, don't think of it as a motorcycle, think of it as a person


I don't think we'll have anything to worry about then these young people hit the road.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-3-2011

 

Greetings, everyone,

Another beautiful autumn ride this afternoon, this time to Heritage High School in Wake Forest.  I had a great group of 25 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Carolyn Hunter's class.  They had lots of good questions and weren't afraid to ask them, so it was a fun time.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Expect to see motorcycles on the road
How to be aware of motorcycles
How harmful and dangerous distractions can be
To always expect the unexpected events, especially while driving
To always assume a motorcycle is near
How you can easily miss something if not expecting it
To expect and be aware of motorcycle drivers
To be sure to look for motorcycles, because if you look for them, you will see them
That motorcycles are hard to see


And some additional comments from the students:

The presentation was an eye-opening experience for me
Very informative session and opened my eyes to the dangers of operating a vehicle
Geezer is cool
He really opened my eyes of how dangerous it is out on the roads


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

11-2-2011

November Greetings, everyone,


A clear blue sky, the sun at my back, warm temps, and the vibrant autumn colors made for a great ride over to Richland Creek Church this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 29 very polite and attentive homeschool students in DE instructor Linda St. Claire's class, and they were fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To watch out for motorcycles and reduce the risk of motorcycle injuries
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle if you're not paying close attention
To be very aware of motorcycles
How easy it is to not see a motorcycle
To make sure you look two or three times
That it only takes a few seconds of mischief to cost a life; stop using an air horn
That being attentive on the road could save lives
To look three times before you turn


And some additional comments from students:

I learned things about motorcyclists that I did not know, and I have much more respect for them
I liked it and learned a lot
It will help me watch for motorcycles when I begin to drive and to respect them
Before, I never realized motorcycles were hard to see, and now I know from the video and speaker to watch for motorcycles; thanks
I will look carefully for motorcycles when I drive


I have a feeling that these adults-in-training will do just fine out on the road.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10/28/2011

 

Halloween greetings, everyone,

My last MSAP presentation prior to Halloween was at Apex High School yesterday afternoon.  I had a really fun group of 30 students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class.  They were full of questions from the start and weren't timid about asking them, so it was a lively session, and from their comments, these young drivers-to-be seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That motorcycles will always be out on the road with you
How vulnerable motorcyclists are and how easy it is to have a collision
That we have to share the road with motorcycles and be cautious of them
To be cautious of people on motorcycles and your surroundings
To look more than once to get a 3-D image to prevent accidents
That people are in danger of death if I don't drive safely
To be aware of the road, especially motorcyclists and to look left to right many times to make sure no motorcyclists are present
That even if you think you are aware of everything, you most likely are not
To know what to expect and how to handle motorcycles
That anything unexpected can happen to you, so you have to be more cautious about other vehicles and especially motorcycles because they are more difficult to see

That 21% of teen driver accidents are caused by distractions and that you have to

be aware of blind spots and focused on driving and not on distractions; 


Some additional comments from students:

Thank you for coming, and this changes my perspective on everything
It was awesome!
It was very helpful because I didn't know any of this beforehand
The videos and stories that make you see it can happen to anyone makes you more cautious
It will remind me to look more than once before I pull out into the street so I don't crash into a motorcycle
I recommend this program to every student who's learning to drive
When we closed our eyes and then the horn blew, it helped me know that the unexpected will happen
Everything; amazing presentation - lots of laughs and a fun presenter
It will make me more aware of others on the road
The air horn demonstration did make me aware that you need to expect the unexpected, so thank you

Have a safe and happy Halloween!  


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10/26/2011

Greetings, everyone,

After the pancake fundraiser at Applebee's on Saturday, I rode over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh for a Saturday DE class there.  There was a marching band competition going on, so there was a lot going there that day.  I had a great group of 41 very attentive and fun students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class, and even though the class was being held at Sanderson, there were students from 22 different high schools, but none, interestingly, from Sanderson.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect to see a motorcycle on the road
That motorcycles can approach faster than you realize and that most accidents occur at intersections
That it is easy to hit a motorcyclist and that I should look out for them when I start driving
To always expect and respect motorcyclists
To look around for motorcyclists when driving
That you don't see what you don't expect, and that blind spots are dangerous


And some additional comments from students:

I found it very helpful
I will be much more aware of motorcyclists on the road and keep an eye out
I will definitely make sure I always check my blind spots
I am always going to expect motorcycles now
Well, I am always going to be aware of motorcycles because I will always be looking for them
I thought this presentation was very eye opening; I never saw the motorcyclist's perspective before
I would recommend to anyone, including parents
I will be sure to be looking out for motorcyclists when I am driving



R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10/26/2011

Greetings, everyone,


Last Friday was a beautiful day for my brief ride over to Green Hope High School in western Cary.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very attentive students and DE instructor Cathy Stone's class.  A few of them came out after the class to inspect my bike and ask some additional questions, which was fun.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

How important it is to look carefully at the road when driving; it gave me lots of info that was very helpful
Expect the unexpected
To share the road with motorcyclists and to be aware of them
That what you do and do not do on the road could decide whether a motorcyclist goes home or not
To look three times before turning at an intersection
That motorcycles are harder to see, so you must expect to see them
That whenever you drive, always be looking because you never know when a bike will show up


And some additional comments from the students:

It gave me lots of info that was very helpful
I really liked it, and I feel it has helped me to increase my knowledge about road safety
I will always be looking out for everything on the road, not just cars; the speaker was very friendly, which made me interested
This helps you learn to look for everything no matter how big or small
I will definitely look out more for motorcycles
I think this was a good program that taught me about motorcycle safety


With this class, we passed the 6000 student mark for the year to date.  Whoohoo!

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10/20/2011

Greetings, everyone,


A cloudy, but mercifully dry day for my ride over to Heritage High School in Wake Forest this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 27 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Carolyn Hunter's class, and they asked some really good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That it isn't so easy to notice a person on a motorcycle
To S.H.A.R.E. the road and be respectful/cautious of smaller vehicles
To look more than  three times before moving your car
To always watch out for motorcycles on the road=
To look multiple times before turning
That 72 percent of car/motorcycle crashes are the car driver's fault
Expect the unexpected always!


And some additional comments from students:

It helped a lot
Like, the horn was very amazing to see how shocked you get when your mind is on something else
Thank you for teaching us


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10/20/2011

It was a great day for a ride!!! Low60s. I actually wish Leesville Rd. high school was a bit farther away. It's always fun to drive up on the sidewalk and park beside the door. I had a very attentive group of 27 students for Danette Swanns class. They had a bunch of good questions and comments. Take a look below.
 
Learning how motorcycles work & how to be aware of them & treat them just like a car
I will pay attention to motorcycles . For sure
I am now aware of the likeliness of hitting a motorcycle and how to avoid them
This info. will help me keep an eye open for motorcycles
How much of a risk motorcyclists have
It will help me be even more aware
I learned that bikes are very hard to see
 
My favorite:
I never thought I wouldn't see a motorcycle
 
Additional comments
I think this is a wonderful program to teach newly becoming drivers. Thanks for coming
Good presentation
Kinda' common sense, but hey, people are stupid
 
And this interesting one
The guys goatee was dope.
 
Now I know.
 
Ride safe, Ride often
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP Instructor

10-19-2011

 

Wet and wild Wednesday Greetings again, everyone,

The rain lightened up for my ride over to Broughton High School in Raleigh for my second presentation of the day.  Jean Dasnoit joined me there to observe the class, and we had a packed room of 30 very attentive students in DE instructor Beth Parson's class.  This was their second to last day of class, so these students knew a lot, but they were very polite and asked a lot of good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look out for motorcycles and not ignore them
To look three times before proceeding to see if there's an oncoming motorcycle
That you need to share the road if you are driving a car; you don't need to be selfish
To look out for motorcycles because they are harder to see because they are smaller than the car
That if you look for riders, you will see them and not hit them
To look three to four times before pulling out because quick glances don't catch motorcyclists


And here's some extra comments from students:

Very personal and informative
It was great, thank you!
I liked it, and I learned a lot
I like your presentation better; that’s cool
I will be a more cautious driver, and I will expect to see every type of transportation on the road while I am driving
It made me feel that it will help me be a safer driver
Motorcycle Paul is cool


And my favorite student comment of the day:

That bikers deserve to get home just as much as everyone else


Until tomorrow.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10-19-2011

Wet Wednesday Greetings, everyone,

I had to break out the old rain suit for my ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon, but it was worth the trip.  I had a wonderful group of 20 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class, and they had some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always be expecting a motorcycle to make sure you don't hit them
To watch where you are going on the road
To make sure to expect the unexpected
That motorcycles are smaller than cars; also, they need the same respect as cars
To make sure to look multiple times before continuing forward and to make sure to be aware for motorcycles
To expect motorcycles no matter where you are or how the weather is
To make sure you look more than one time when you make turns because a motorcycle can be coming and you can hit it


And some additional comments from students:

I know now that I really need to keep motorcyclists in the back of my mind, and I will really look before I turn; it was awesome, thank you!
I hope you share this information with a lot more kids in drivers ed or other people
I definitely thought about things I never did before
A great way to present MSAP; it really helped


Stay dry and stay safe.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10-19-2011

 

Tuesday Greetings, everyone,

Another beautiful day, and a great ride over to Panther Creek High School in Apex this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 35 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class.  Many of these students had some experience with motorcycles (mainly dirt bikes) and they had some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That it is not easy to see small vehicles on the road, so motorists must keep a special lookout for motorcyclists and share the road
To look out for motorcycles no matter what the time of day, weather, or time of year
To look at least three times before proceeding through an intersection
To watch out very carefully for oncoming traffic, including motorcycles
To pay attention to the road for motorcycles and to respect them on the road
To always expect the unexpected
That motorcyclists can be any normal person


And some extra comments from students:

Thank you for opening my eyes to being more safe on the road when a motorcycle is there
This was an interesting program; Geezer was cool and kept my attention
Good presentation, not boring; helpful since now I am going to be a safe driver and watch for cars
It was entertaining and didn't put me to sleep
Helpful; I have become more aware
Watching the videos helped me realize that I need to pay attention more to the small things


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10-17-2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


A wonderful day for my ride over to Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh this afternoon.  I had a great group of 20 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look around me as many times as I need to be sure
That if you're looking for and expecting to see motorcyclists, you will see them
To look three times side to side before entering an intersection
To look more carefully for motorcycles
To be more cautious and more aware of my surroundings while driving


And some extra comments from students:

More people should be given this presentation
Too much valuable information has been presented today to single out one portion of the program; I feel that this program was very well presented
It was awesome and helpful


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10-14-2011

TGIF Greetings, everyone,


No better way to wind up the week than to have the opportunity to make an MSAP presentation at a high school for the first time.  Today, I was at East Wake High School in Zebulon.  I had a great group of 29 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Steve Fister's class.  It was great getting to know Steve, and I look forward to being able to present the MSAP message to his classes at East Wake again in the future.  It was also a pleasure to have JT Boone observing the class as well.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To not rush yourself to make a right or left turn
To expect the unexpected
That motorcycles are hard to see when driving
To expect a motorcycle on the road
That I have to be very careful of motorcycles when I am on the road
That most motorcycle/car accidents are caused by the driver of a car


And a few extra comments from the students:

Very helpful
I learned a lot during your presentation; thank you for your time
This is a good program to get people aware of how important it is to treat motorcycle riders the same as cars


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10-12-2011

Greetings, everyone,


A beautiful autumn day for my short ride over to Apex High School where I had a wonderful group of 30 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class.  These young drivers-to-be had a lot of good questions and weren't afraid to ask them, which made for a really fun class.  Here's a sample of what they said they learned:

To always expect the unexpected
How vulnerable motorcycles and cyclists really are to cars and other vehicles on the road
To pay attention and expect that motorcycles are on the road at all times
To expect to see motorcyclists
That we need to be more aware of motorcycles and share the road
To always expect a motorcycle because the minute you don't expect to see one, an accident will happen
To always be watching for motorcyclists and treat them with respect
That if you expect motorcyclists, you will see them


And some additional comments from students:

This class was very helpful, and I would suggest it to a friend
Interesting, fun, and educational
I will look for motorcycles more when I drive so I won't hit them
Geezer is awesome
This was great!  I learned a lot; Geezer was a fun, entertaining, and educational teacher
Wonderful program, and I am glad he presented it to us
It was great! I learned a lot of information
It has completely set in my mind that I need to be a cautious driver


I told the students that they could sign their survey forms using their "road names", and here's a sample of some of them: "Kick Butt", "Llamalover", "Sparky", "Angelina Ballerina", "Pull", and "Bubbles".

Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10-12-2011

Birthday Greetings, everyone,


I can't think of a better way to spend part of my birthday than by making an MSAP presentation.  The rain stopped and the sun poked through for my ride to Cary High School, and I had a wonderful group of 29 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class.  Many of them had experience on some sort of two-wheeled, motorized vehicle, and tragically, one of the students had an uncle killed on a motorcycle just the year before, so these young people were very interested.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look out for what's ahead and to follow the rules
That motorcycles are faster and closer than they appear
To check at least three times before turning
To expect the unexpected
That 72% of motorcycle and car driver accidents is the driver's fault
To always expect to see a motorcycle because they are easy to miss
To be aware of any vehicle coming towards you on the road, especially motorcycles
To share the road with motorcyclists


And a few extra comments from students:

Entertaining and helpful
Very good, gave a new point of view on motorcycles
This taught me a lot


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10-11-2011

Tuesday Greetings, everyone,


Mercifully, the rain stopped just long enough for my ride over to Fuquay-Varina High School this afternoon.  I had a great group of 16 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class.  This group of young people asked more questions about everything relating to motorcycles than any class of any size I've ever had, and it was great fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect to see bikers
To be aware of blind spots, look twice before turning, and always be aware of motorcycles
To look both ways more than once before making a move
To expect the unexpected and to always be looking
To look for motorcycles because if you look for them, you'll see them


And my favorite student comment of the day:

This was very helpful; makes me want to be more cautious while driving


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

10-10-2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


There's no better way to start the week than making an MSAP presentation at Enloe High School in Raleigh.  I had a group of 45 very active and interested students who asked a lot of good questions.  It was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned today:

That I need to be extra careful when it comes to looking out for motorcycles
How to be careful of motorcycles and to pay attention to the road
To look three times before making your turn because motorcycles are harder to see
To be alert of all vehicles; to always look both ways more than once; and to S.H.A.R.E. the road
To always watch for not only bigger vehicles but smaller ones too
To expect motorcycles all the time
To be cautious and aware of bikers on the road
To always pay attention when turning


And some additional comments from students:

This was a great inside view on how to drive
The information about the blind spots and distracted driving will make me a safer driver; I never knew why motorcyclists wear so much leather
It was very well done; entertaining and informative; great job!
It was actually pretty entertaining
This class made me more cautious


And my favorite student comment of the day:

I had never thought about how small a motorcycle is compared to a car, but now I know and will pay more attention


I don't think we have to worry about sharing the road with these young drivers.

Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10-6-2011

Greetings, everyone,


Another beautiful autumn day made for a great ride over to Holly Springs High School.  I had a really fun group of 27 students in DE instructor Wayne Atkinson's class.  They were very attentive, but not shy at all about asking questions and sharing some of their own experiences on a motorcycle.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from today's session:

To look out for motorcycles
That 72% of car/motorcycle accidents are the car drivers' fault
That motorcycles are smaller and that it's hard to see them and that most accidents with a motorcycle happen at an intersection
That motorcycles are really hard to see on the road, so I need to look carefully for motorcycles
To expect you will always find a motorcycle no matter the condition of weather
To look three times back and forth to make sure it's clear
To be aware and expect motorcycles on the road
To always pay attention and keep a look out for motorcyclists
That motorcycles are harder to see, so you have to be more cautious


And here are some additional comments from students:

I've learned more about motorcycles and motorcycle safety during this than everything else combined
Thank you for this presentation
It was awesome!!! Really useful information!
I think it was very interesting and attention getting
I'm glad that he made me realize that you can't see motorcycles if you don't think about them, and I've never really thought of not noticing bikers
I enjoyed the class, and the teacher, Geezer, was really good and made it easier to understand why drivers should be more cautious of motorcycles
It's opened my eyes on what could happen


And my favorite student comment of the day:

I admit that when my mom is driving, I do not think about the bikers; this presentation made me open my eyes, and I promise to keep myself and other bikers safe


Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

10-5-2011

Wednesday Greetings, everyone,


A beautiful autumn day for a ride over to New Horizons in Apex for a wonderful group of 38 very attentive students in DE instructor Linda McDaniel's class.  These young people had some good questions and were a lot of fun to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That at all times I need to be aware of motorcycles
To be more cautious and expect to see motorcyclists
To be aware of other motorcycle drivers
To expect the unexpected
By staying alert and aware and respecting bikers, roadway users can prevent deaths that shouldn't happen
To know that motorcyclists will always be on the road and to expect them and respect them
How to look out for and respect motorcyclists
To always check more than once before you turn or cross an intersection


And some additional comments from students:

I think it helped me realize how dangerous it is on the road with a motorcycle and that I need to be careful around them when I drive
Geezer is a beast!
I love Geezer…hate air horns
Geezer is a great guy


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9-28-2011

Greetings, everyone,


I am pleased to report that in the third quarter of 2011- July, August, September - we conducted 65 MSAP presentations to a total of 2090 students.  Year-to-date as of the end of the third quarter 2011, we have conducted 177 MSAP classes for a year-to-date student total of 5602.  

By comparison, at the end of the third quarter in 2010, we had conducted 138 classes for a student total of 4460; thus, we are 39 classes and 1142 students ahead of where we were one year ago and 2 classes and 12 students ahead of where we were at the end of 2010, and we still have one quarter to go.

Once again, Tommy and I thank all of you for your continued support of this important program.

See you on Sunday.

Paul

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9-28-2011

After all the warm weather, the cool, early morning ride over to East Wake Academy in Zebulon this morning was a welcome change.  I had a wonderful group of 33 very attentive and inquisitive students in DE instructor Linda St. Claire's class.  Many of them had experience on two wheels, especially dirt bikes, and it was fun being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from today's presenation:


How to always be cautious about sharing the road 
To take as much time as I need to feel comfortable going into traffic
To be cautious for people riding in any vehicle
To always look multiple times before pulling out and to always stay aware that a motorcyclist may be around me
That you need to check the road as many times as you need to make sure nothing's coming
To look multiple times to find a motorcycle before turning  
That I should look three times for a motorcycle (or more)
How important it is to be aware of motorcyclists


And some additional comments from students:

I'm glad I got to learn more and I kind of got really interested in this
I enjoyed it
I feel it will help young drivers to understand how to share the road
I do think this will make me a bit of a safer driver
Anyone who wants to be an excellent, careful, and alert driver needs to hear this!  I want to have a motorcycle, and I would like others to act this way towards me!
Every person who is going to drive needs to hear this!
Before this class, I never thought I just wouldn't notice motorcycles; I'm very glad I took part in this presentation
This class has brought my attention to things I wouldn't even pay any thought to normally
I found it funny and interesting
It was cool


This was the last MSAP presentation of the week, month, and quarter, and once again the Raleigh Chapter ended the quarter with a student total that exceeds that of all of 2010 with the fourth quarter yet to go.  More on that in a separate email later.

Until next week, have a safe and restful weekend.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the chapter meeting on Sunday.


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

9-27-2011

Greetings, everyone,

The predicted thunderstorms never materialized, so it was a wonderful ride over to Green Hope High School in Cary this afternoon.  DE instructor Cathy Stone's 26 students were very attentive and asked some good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect the unexpected (x6)
To look for motorcycles
To check for motorcyclists
To be aware of them because if you don't think of them, you won't see them, and that's not good
To check more than two times for a motorcyclist; keep up the good work
That 72% of motorcycle/car accidents are the driver's fault


And some additional comments from the students:

Now I will be more cautious of bikers
I think this program should be made available to everyone
It makes me aware of how much harder it is to notice bikers


And my favorite student comment of the day:

I really will look for motorcycles even when I'm in the passenger seat


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

9-26-2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


After all the rain this weekend, it was great to see some sunshine, and it made for a nice ride over to Cary High School for my first MSAP presentation of the week.  I had a wonderful group of 28 very attentive students in DE instructor Jonathan Hinton's class.  Many of them had some experience on two wheels and they seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That if I look for a motorcyclist, I will be much more likely to find one
To check my blind spots and look for motorcycles
That I need to expect motorcycles and then I will see them
To look for people on motorcycles even in rain, snow, and at night
That I need to be especially aware of motorcycles and other smaller vehicles to keep both them and myself safe on the road
To share the road
To keep a good distance between vehicles
To watch out for the unexpected
To look more than once for a motorcycle


And some additional student comments:

The slide show really helped
It gave me a better understanding on the way motorcycles are on the road and how to avoid them
I'm glad that drivers ed is stressing that motorcycles can easily be hit, especially since I've actually lost someone by a motorcycle accident


And my favorite student comment of the day:

It helped me understand that as a driver, I'm responsible for more than just myself and to pay attention


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

9/23/2011

 

TGIF Greetings, Everyone,

I must have finally mastered the art of riding between the drops, because I rode to Fuquay-Varina High School and back without getting wet.  It was a muggy, soggy day, but I had a great group of 28 very engaged and attentive students in DE instructor Curtis Davis' class.  The majority had experience on some type of two-wheeled, motorized vehicle, and they asked a lot of good questions throughout our time together, so it was a lot of fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To remember to expect motorcycles at any time; I feel like that will help me a lot
To look multiple times for motorcycles b/c they are harder to see

To be cautious of my blind spots and to make sure to check before turning at an

intersection

To expect the unexpected
To look out for motorcycles and pay more attention to my surroundings
That car and motorcycle collisions usually happen at intersections

That you need to check more than once before turning and that everyone should get

respect on the road



And some additional comments from students:

I think it's good that they're promoting safety; this presentation was helpful and very informative about motorcyclists
 
It was very entertaining and informing

I will be more aware of people on the road other than me; I think it really helped me

and now I feel like I want to be extra attentive while I'm on the road

I think it was a good idea that Geezer came and talked to us about driving and

motorcycle driving because it changes the way you think about driving, and it makes

you want to be more cautious

This was awesome

When he made us close our eyes and imagine ourselves talking to our friends while

driving and then he honked the horn, it made me realize how fast accidents can

happen

This was fun
The videos were really helpful and made this fun; thanks, Geezer!
Good to get it from a biker's point of view


And my favorite student comment of the day:

When someone in a leather jacket tells you to close your eyes, make sure you've peed!


Have a safe and restful weekend.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9/22/2011

Thursday Greetings, everyone,


Once again today I was able to dodge the rain, so I had a nice, dry ride over to Apex High School where I was greeted with a wonderful group of 27 very attentive students in DE instructor Melanye Olive's class.  Many of these students had experience on some type of motorized, two-wheel vehicle, so they had some good questions and comments.  It was fun to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look out for people on motorcycles
That motorcyclists are very hard to see; so, as a driver I must be very careful
That people usually don't see the bikers and hit them
To expect a motorcyclist any time and to be cautious
That you can become distracted very easily
To be more aware of everything around you; don't do other things while driving
That I have to care and look out for motorcycles and give them space

That I have to look for things which aren't obvious; the moonwalking bear in the video

was a good example

That if you expect motorcyclists, you will see them
That if you see a motorcycle, you won't hit it, so expect it


And some additional comments from students:

It was very informative and interesting
I enjoyed it; it was pretty cool

I really enjoyed this presentation, and it really increased my knowledge of how

important it is to be aware of motorcyclists on the road

I liked the presentation and thought it was very informational and helpful, plus it was

fun

It really helped me to be a more cautious driver
Geezer is very down to earth and realistic


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9/21/2011

 

Wednesday Greetings, Everyone,

The rain held off until after I returned home this evening, so I had a great (dry) ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon, and I had a great group of 14 very attentive students in DE instructor Denise Stover's class when I got there.  Many of them had ridden or driven dirt bikes, so this was a pretty savvy crowd.  Here's what the students said they learned today:

That 21% of teen driver accidents have to do with not paying attention and hitting a motorcyclist
"If you expect us, you'll see us"; also that motorcycles are at most 1/3 of the profile of a car and how important it is to look for them
That anything can happen to a motorcyclist; simple errors can kill you
That if you look for them, you'll see them
To stay two seconds behind a driver and always expect to see a motorcycle; look cautiously at intersections
To be aware of motorcycles always


And some additional comments from the students:

It was very helpful to me because before today's lesson, I wasn't thinking about a motorcyclist being on the road
This should be presented everywhere; my uncle died from getting hit by a truck while on a motorcycle
It will help me be able to know to look out for motorcyclists every time that I drive
It was really helpful and made me more aware
This was a very good presentation


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9/20/2011

Greetings, everyone,


A mercifully and somewhat surprisingly dry ride over to Panther Creek High School in Apex this afternoon.  I had a wonderful group of 34 very attentive and polite students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class.  Not any questions, but they seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look for motorcycles and smaller vehicles; expect them to be there
To make sure I am paying attention to all of my surroundings at all times
To expect to see a motorcycle on the road and be aware to avoid an accident
To look carefully before making decisions on the road
To look out  for smaller things out in the road
That accidents occur every day and we should be aware
That if I look for them, I will see them
That if you look for the mouse, you will see the elephant
That motorcycles are more difficult to see and you have to be more careful
That if you always expect a motorcycle, you will know how to react to one
To always be on the lookout because anything can happen


And some additional comments from students:

Really informing and gave me the perspective of a motorcyclist which was cool
It was great, really informational
I really liked the part where you showed me some motorcycles
Very informational, good speaker
It was a wonderful class


And my favorite student comment of the day:

Bikers are people too


Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9/19/2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


A short and very pleasant drive over to Athens Drive High School in western Raleigh this afternoon, and a wonderful class of 18 very polite students in DE instructor Robert Clemons' class when I got there.  Many of the students had experience riding dirt bikes and motorcycles, and several had questions, so they were a fun group to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect a motorcycle to be there (x2)
To watch out for motorcycles and to share the road
To look for motorcycles (x2)
To look three times for motorcycles and assume they're there
That motorcyclists are harder to see
To look before you turn


A few additional comments from students:

I'll be safer!  It was very interesting, thank you!
Very informative; will help me make good decisions
You did good


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

9/13/2011

 

September Greetings, everyone,

The $45 student fee imposed by the General Assembly has caused a lot of confusion and cancelled DE classes early in the fall semester, but things are beginning to return to normal.  The first MSAP presentation of the Fall semester was at beautiful Heritage High School in Wake Forest this afternoon.  I had a really fun group of 22 students in DE instructor Carolyn Hunter's class.  They asked a lot of questions, and it was a blast being with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To be more aware of motorcycles
To be more aware of bikers at intersections and to look at least three times
To expect to see motorcycles

To expect the unexpected; look three times for bikers; most motorcycle/car collisions

occur at intersections

How to make sure you're ready for on coming motorcycles


And some additional comments from students:

It was a good and helpful presentation
Very memorable and informative
It made me want to be more cautious about driving in general
He was a very informative teacher but very fun

Information about being cautious, especially coming directly from a biker, made it more

realistic

"Geezer" is absolutely awesome! He made me learn with a smile; I enjoyed this and

learned a lot; thanks!

I really enjoyed it; "Geezer" was very entertaining

R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina 

 

8-17-2011

 

MSAP UPDATE  08/17/2011
 
It was a good ride over to Journey Church this morning. I actually got to put on some chaps and jacket, less the liner. I really prefer cool weather riding. Plus I think it makes a better MSAP impression when you show up in your leathers. Linda St.Clair had a good group of 39 home school students. They were actually pretty awake for 14-15 yr old at 8:30AM. When we have classes at Journey I can park right outside the door where they come in at so they all got to come out and see the bike and ask questions after class. When we can do this I think it helps for them to see a bike up close and have the owner there to answer questions. Take a look below and see what they had to say.
 
Learning about how hard it is to see a motorcycle
It's hard to tell if a motorcycle is slowing down.
We need to be careful when turning or pulling out of driveways
To know what to look for when it comes to motorcycles, hand signals, distance.
Be aware, don't get angry, never know who it may be
To watch for motorcycles just as much as cars
Be aware of my blind spots
Not to crowd motorcycles
All the info. was important to me to be a better & safer driver
Understanding the road from a bikers view
 
Additional comments
 
It was very informative
Thank you (x2)
Thank you for teaching us about motorcycles & how to be aware of them
The speaker was pretty cool, I thought
 
Ride Safe
Ride Often
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh
MSAP Instructor

 

8-15-2011

Monday Greetings, everyone,


A beautiful day for a ride over to Panther Creek High School in Apex, and a huge class of 55 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Lynn Kent's class when I got there.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

The importance of respecting a motorcycle as if it were a car/truck/SUV, because motorcyclists are more at risk than someone in a "steel cage"
To look twice before even thinking about going and go when you feel comfortable
To expect the smaller things (motorcycles) so that you don't hit them
To be aware of your surroundings
To look out for motorcycles no matter where you are
That there are motorcycles out on the road day and night; 
To expect the unexpected and watch out for bikes
To look for things smaller than my car
That cars should wait until the motorcyclist's intention is clear before proceeding
To look at least three times for a motorcycle
That motorcycles aren't as protected and safe as a car is so you always have to be cautious


And here are some additional comments from the students:

I think that all educational officers/buildings should have a MSAP volunteer come speak, so that even more people can be aware of the risks motorcyclists are prone to
Thank you for coming in and teaching us about motorcycle safety; hopefully, it will makeus safe drivers
This was the most fun presentation
Educational and fun
Geezer rules!


R. Paul Wilms
Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter
CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

 

8-11-2011

Greetings again, everyone,
No better way to end the week than with an MSAP presentation at Broughton High School in downtown Raleigh.  DE instructor Coral Stevens had her class of 28 students ready for me when I arrived, and they were a fun group to be with.  They even had time after my presentation to come outside and see my motorcycle.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned: 

That I need to pay attention and look for bikers
That you won't see a rider unless you're looking for one
To check for bikers everywhere and double check and respect them
That 72% of car/motorcycle accidents are the car driver's fault
That if you're looking for it, you'll see it and you won't hit it


And some additional comments from students:
Geezer's the Man!
I haven't thought about bikers and sharing the road until now
Geezer is really cool!



Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-11-2011

Greetings, everyone,
What a beautiful day to ride over to Heritage High School in Wake Forest for my 8 a.m. class.  When I got there, DE instructor Carolyn Hunter introduced me to her class of 18 very polite and attentive students, many of whom had some level of motorcycle/scooter experience.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned from today's class:

To always expect the unexpected
To look more than two times before getting on the road and to be more cautious
To have a four second distance with a motorcycle and to check three times for motorcycles when I turn
That if you expect a motorcycle, you will probably see it
To check three or more times for motorcycles on the road


And some addition comments from students:
I learned a lot and also enjoyed it very much
This program was very helpful; thank you for coming
It's a great program that every driver should know about



Until later.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-10-2011

Midweek Greetings, everyone,


Another warm day, but a nice ride over to Sanderson High School in north Raleigh.  As usual, DE instructor Denise Stover had her class ready for me.  The group of 21 students was very polite and attentive, and they seemed to get the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To focus while I'm driving and also to be more aware
To look for motorcycles everywhere
That you have to be aware of your surroundings
That if you expect motorcyclists, you'll see them
To expect the unexpected and to be aware of your surroundings and blind spots
To watch out for bikers in all weather conditions and not to be distracted
To always look three or four times to make sure no motorcycles are coming


Here are few extra comments added by students:
I would recommend the class
It was great to learn something new
Humorous and educational



Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-9-2011

Hello again, everyone,
A warm but mercifully short ride over to Cary High School this afternoon for my second class of the day.  I had a very engaged and attentive group of 31 students in DE instructor Patrick Florio's class, and they had lots of good questions.  Many had motorcycle experiences of their own, so that made the class lively and entertaining.  They were fun to be with, and they got the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always be aware of motorcyclists
That motorcyclists present a smaller profile and they are harder to detect at an intersection
That if you expect to see a motorcyclist, you'll see them, and if you see them, you won't hit them
To expect motorcycles in any situation
To watch for blind spots
That motorcycles are so hard to see and be aware of
To look a lot at an intersection for motorcycles
To look more than once before turning
That you always have to be aware of motorcycles
To give motorcycles space on the road; to be respectful to people on the road; and to stay six seconds away from a motorcycle
To always remember to check at least three times


And some additional comments from students:
Geezer was a great presenter 
It was very helpful Good job
This ought to be introduced in the school's curriculum; people need to hear about this, especially upcoming drivers!!!



Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-9-2011

Sunny Tuesday Greetings, Everyone,
My first MSAP presentation of the day was at Enloe High School in east Raleigh, but the 26 students in DE instructor Emma Haynes' class represented nine different high schools.  They were a very polite and attentive group of young people, and it was a pleasure to be with them.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That since motorcycles are much smaller than cars, it is important that you are always on the look out for them
To respect bikers and watch out for them
That motorcycles are not that easily seen
To watch out for motorcycles and stay concentrated on the road
To be expecting and looking for motorcycles on the road
To expect the unexpected
To look three times before turning
To expect the unexpected aand that there are more motorcyclists out there than it seems; and you have to look for them to see them
That when I'm behind the wheel of a car, I must be aware that motorcycles are on the road as well and I need to be on the look out for them


And some additional comments from the students:
Very funny It was very helpful
The class really shocked me with its statistics and the danger motorcyclists are in by being on the road
It was really informational and I think that I can be safer on the road and I really appreciate that I was taught this



And my favorite student comment of the day:
This program was very informational and made me want to be an even more courteous driver

Until later.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-8-2011

Monday morning greetings, everyone,
A very pleasant ride over to Apex High School this morning.  I had a wonderful group of 38 very attentive and polite students from DE instructor Robert Escamilla's class.  They didn't ask many questions (not surprising for that early on a Monday morning), but I think they got the message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To always look for cyclists and give them the respect they deserve
To expect motorcyclists on the road at any time, and that if I expect them, I'll see them, and if I see them, I won't hit them
To be more careful while driving and to look out for motorcycles
That being prepared for motorcyclists can save your life and their lives
To expect motorcycles in any kind of weather on any day
To look three times at an intersection; and that motorcycles are a lot closer and faster than you think
That knowing people will die if you're not a safe driver


And a few extra comments added by students:
Awesome program
Really helpful and new information to me
Now I'll look for everything

Very interesting and informative

Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-5-2011

Friday Greetings, everyone,
After all the heat we've been having lately, I actually enjoyed the fine mist as I rode over to Heritage High School in Wake Forest this morning.  I had a wonderful group of 27 very polite and attentive students in DE instructor Carolyn Hunter's class.  One of the students was wearing a Harley T-shirt, and many others had parents or relatives who ride, so they had a high level of interest.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

Always look out for motorcycles because if you hit one, most likely it will be your fault
To pay attention to things most people don't notice
To be more aware of the motorcycle drivers because they are out there too
To be aware of motorcycle drivers on the road because they are difficult to see
To expect the unexpected
That if you look for motorcycles, you will see them


And some additional comments from students:
It was very helpful and I didn't know how many actual motorcycles are on the road
I learned a lot about the dangers bikers go through on a daily basis that I'd never thought of; awesome, every entertaining
I liked it a lot; it made me more aware
I will be more aware and alert of other drivers, especially ones on motorcycles
I actually enjoyed it



Have a great weekend.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-4-2011

Greetings yet again everyone,
My third and final MSAP presentation of the day was at venerable Broughton High School in downtown Raleigh.  As always, DE instructor Beth Parsons had her class of 31 very attentive and fun students ready for me, and they asked a lot of really good questions.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To look to the left and right more than once
To always look for motorcycles
To be more aware of my surroundings will help me to be a better driver
That motorcycles appear to be slower than they are
To expect motorcycles so you'll be ready when they appear
To check two or three times for motorcycles


And here are some additional comments from the students:
It was an amazing lesson
This was awesome
I think this program will help a lot of people
I will be more cautious when it comes to driving and motorcycles; this was very helpful
I really enjoyed this
I love Geezer
Everything presented today makes me feel better about driving
Geezer is an excellent presenter



Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-4-2011

Greetings, once again, everyone,
My second MSAP presentation of the day was at Athens Drive High School in west Raleigh.  DE instructor Robert Clemons had his 25 students ready and waiting for me, and they were a fun group to be with.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

To expect the unexpected and respect everyone on the road
To always expect a motorcycle and give them a lot of space
To expect motorcycles and to be extra careful when turning
To check three times before I make a turn
To be aware of not only the big things but also small things on the road


And some additional comments from the students:
Good idea to have this program
I thought that bikers only used leather to look cool, but now I know it is protective
I really liked it

And my favorite student comment:
To be careful with motorcycles because you don't know if that person is a friend or family member



Keep the shiny side up.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-4-2011

Greetings, everyone,
It was still pleasantly cool as I rode over to Enloe High School in Raleigh for my 8:15 a.m. presentation to DE instructor Evanstein Montague's class.  I had a wonderful group of 18 very attentive students who really seemed to get the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That since the motorcycles look small they seem to be further away than they are, so be careful on turns and expect motorcyclists
To look out for motorcycles when you're driving and expect the unexpected
To look more than once before turning
To not text or  talk on the phone while driving because it's dangerous
To know how hard it is to see motorcycles and how easy it is to hit one and ways you can be more alert while driving
To be aware of not only the bigger trucks but the small motorcycles too
To always make sure you are alert and aware of motorcycles and other vehicles on the road and to always look at intersections more than just once


And here are some additional comments from students:
Geezer was great company and gave educated information
This presentation helped me learn a lot about cars and motorcycles
I learned a lot more than I thought I would learn
This was a very informative program that will raise my awareness when I drive
It was incredibly helpful, and I’m very glad to have been able to take it



And my favorite student comment of the day:
That motorcyclists are average people just like me who have to get somewhere, so I should respect that and look out for them and give them some room

Until next time.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-3-2011

Greetings, once again, everyone,
OK, so by 1 p.m., it was getting pretty warm, but it was mercifully cool inside the classroom at Sanderson High School in north Raleigh this afternoon for my third MSAP presentation of the day, and as usual at Sanderson, DE instructor Denise Stover had the class of 22 students primed and ready.  This was a fun and diverse group of students to be with, and I think they got the MSAP message.  Here's a sample of what the students said they learned:

That you can't see motorcyclists that easy
How you should check about three to four times before you turn and to look out for bikers
To check more than once before pulling across traffic
That if you're expecting them, you will see them; so be aware! 
To look whenever you drive
That if you're aware, then you will see them, and if you see them, you probably won't hit them


And a few extra comments added by students:
The information about the size of a motorcycle made me feel more aware about motorcycles on the road; thanks for teaching our class!
It was really good
Excellent presentation
This Dude is cool It was really good, and I learned a lot, and now I'm more aware
Super cool presentation



Until tomorrow.

R. Paul Wilms

Legislative and MSAP Coordinator, Raleigh Chapter

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina

8-3-2011

MSAP UPDATE 08/03/2011 #3
 
OK, third class of the day. After a quick lunch in the classroom with Linda, her next class started just 30 minutes after the previous one had ended. There were 25 students in this one. That brings todays total student count to 98 students, just for my classes, I am sure Paul had some classes today as well. This group of students were fully awake and talkative, which is good. Even though the class was at WFR, there were students from other schools as well. Take a look and see what they learned.
 
That it is very difficult to see a biker
It taught me how to be a safer driver too
Check you right & left rear view mirror & over your shoulder before pulling out & never text & drive
Video was moving
How quickly an accident can happen
Motorcycle drivers are hard to see
Why motorcycles move about in their lane
Make sure you are clear to go on an intersection
 
 
Some additional comments
 
When we closed our eyes & he honked the horn it gave me a mental note of safety I will never forget
I thought it was very helpful & I will always watch for motorcycles
It was interesting
It was helpful
 
 
What can I say? another group of future drivers who now are more aware of us on the road.
 
Ride Safe
Ride Often
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP Instructor

8-3-2011

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MSAP UPDATE 08/03/2011 #2
 
Second class of today was out at Wake Forest Rolesville for Linda St.Clair. She had 20 students in this class and told me when I came in it was a very quiet class, and it was. But they still had some good questions and comments.
 
How motorcycles work and how to look out for them
To look for different things instead of just cars
To be more aware of other types of vehicles on the road & be more cautious
Look for things you don't expect
Be more watchful
I will look out for motorcycles & be a safer driver
That more accidents occur W/ motorcyclists during left turns
Always make sure you look for bikes, Look for hand signals & signs
 
Additional comments
 
Very good presentation
I liked the air horn
Thank you for the help
It was an educational presentation & is important for people to know about
Very well presented
I'll be careful driving
 
 
My favorite one of the class had to be this one.
 
I will talk to members in my family & friends that ride about safety & what I've learned today.
 
Good bunch of future drivers
Ride Safe
Ride Often
 
Tommy Sherbert
CBA of Raleigh Member
MSAP instructor

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8-3-2011

MSAP UPDATE 08/03/2011
 
Nice but short early ride over to Leesville High this morning. This class starts at 7:30AM!!!! I had a total of 53 students since we combined two classes going on at the same time, that always works out well to me. All students were pretty alert for it to be so early and they had some good questions and comments. Take a look below. There were so many good comments I couldn't include all of them.
 
Videos showing how un cautious some drivers are
To look more carefully when I drive
That I need to be really careful & be sure to look around once I get my license
The statistics ( how many people die each day, whose fault the accident is, ect.)
The fact of being more cautious on left turns and to look for more than expected
Be more cautious of smaller things
That if you just look for the smaller things you'll also see the big things & avoid accidents
The one video & picture of the motorcycle going inside the car really made me never want to see that so I'll always be more cautious now
 
And some additional comments
 
Thank you for teaching us today. I've learned allot
You are a very good speaker and have motivated me to be a safer driver
Well put together. Taught allot, I will definitely watch for motorcyclists more carefully
It was cool & informational
I liked it, it was pretty fun & it kept me awake, especially the air horn. I also liked the awareness video
It was fun to listen to
Absolutely Fantastic. Great Presenter. Great Flow. Very good information. PROPS for the air horn.
 
No compensation either monetary or other wise was offered, given or implied for that last comment. Obviously just a very smart student. What can I say. They got the message, don't you think.
 
 
Ride Safe
Ride Often.
 
Tommy Sherbert
MSap Instructor
CBA of Raleigh

8-3-2011