Mayor's motorcycle mantra

Mayor Jerry Weiers is one of the guest speakers at the “Riding for the Long Haul” event in support of motorcycle safety awareness.

HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, Arizona Motorcycle Safety Awareness (AMSAF), the State of Arizona and other healthcare and industry sponsors, are working together to help reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities in Arizona. In 2013, more than 3,000 motorcycle accidents and 146 fatalities took place in Arizona.

“Riding for the Long Haul” event will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 7 in the parking lot of Community Church of Joy in Glendale. Motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to engage in interactive education and see latest in safety gear.

The event also will include an internationally ranked trials bike stunt rider, live music, food trucks, raffle prizes and emcee. Twenty motorcycle training scholarships worth more than $200 each will also be given away.

The interactive day will help educate Arizona communities and will focus efforts to reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities. The event also will showcase key vendors from the State of Arizona, major healthcare providers including Dignity Healthcare, Banner Health, Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona and HealthSouth Valley of the Sun, insurance companies and law firms.

Keynote speakers at the event include:

• Mayor Jerry Weiers

• Alberto Gutier, Director of Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

• John Halikowski, Director of Arizona Department of Transportation

All profits from Riding for the Long Haul will benefit AMSAF and its mission to provide motorcycle training scholarships to anyone needing training and certification.

For more information, visit AMSAF at or www.amsaf.org.