WESTMINSTER — Members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association will sponsor a rally and parade to promote the importance of motorcycle safety this weekend.
The Comfort Inn on Route 140 will play host to the event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday with a hot dog roast.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, registered participants will compete in events testing their skills as single, double and sidecar riders. Safety seminars will be conducted and about 10 vendors will exhibitmotorcycle-related materials.
"This is like a beauty pageant for members of our association," said Bruce Mayer, a Gold Wing member whohas helped coordinate the statewide event. "This is an opportunity for members of our association to stress the importance of safety and knowledge when you are having fun on your motorcycle."
Mayer, a 34-year-old resident of Laurel, Prince George's County, has been a member of the association for four years.
He said members look forwardto these events to educate people on motorcycle safety and improve the image of motorcyclists in general.
"We want the public to know that motorcyclists aren't bad guys. In our association, the average cyclist is not what the average motorist expects," Mayer said. "We wear helmets, gloves, long pants and we are not idiots on the road. We hope that rallies like this change that perception."
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association has been sponsoring safety events like this weekend's rally and parade in Maryland for more than five years.
Carroll was chosen as this year's site because of the county's opennessand scenic beauty.
Named after the famous top-of-the-line touringmotorcycle made by Honda, the association has more than 40,000 members worldwide, including about 500 members in nine Maryland chapters. About 50 members live in Carroll.
The highlight of Saturday's events will be the grand parade, which will begin at 5 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and proceed through Westminster. All registered participants are eligible to ride in the parade.
Information: (301) 725-2533.