According to Alaska Dispatch, various motorcycle clubs — Alaska Vets, Green Knights, and Rig Riders — came out to the 10th annual Bike Blessing and Ride, despite rain and snow.
Motorcyclists wearing leather motorcycle jackets stood in a circle around a war memorial in downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, listening to Richard Irwin, the event’s big wheel as he prayed for a safe riding season that featured with less snow and warmer temperatures.
A representative of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan spoke about the dangers of riding in Alaska due to weather and road conditions. Commuters of all kinds were encouraged to beware while traveling Alaska’s roads this summer.
City Church, started the annual motorcycle party years ago in its parking lot. The church partnered up with Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education, the motorcycle nonprofit commonly referred to as ABATE.
Accoridng to Irwin, during summertime in Alaska everybody is out and about, and people often don’t pay attention to motorcycles that are out. “There’s a lot of hazards in Alaska that aren’t such a big deal other places.”he added.
As Irwin spoke, the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club rolled down the street lead by Wayne “Weird Wayne” Manning, president of the Anchorage chapter of the club as well as the Alaska Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs, Inc.
He described the biker blessing as “a really good gig. It brings people from the different clubs together. It really speaks to Alaska’s no-animosity policy.”
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