Scoot Commute

Buffalo Stance

Posted in Advocacy, Daily Commute, MSF RiderCoach by cheesebot on 2015/03/31

It was a bit chilly this morning but I decided to ride in anyway.  My ride in was uneventful, maybe a bit windy but without any Murano run ins or any other bikes for that matter.  On the way home I decided to cut through the Warwick CCRI campus (depending on the time of day it can be a nice shortcut) to see if the MSF classes had started up again.  I used to stop and watch and visit with Siobhan if it was near the break time.  Tonight I saw a bunch of little bikes going around in a counterclockwise oval with a RiderCoach on either side of the group.  I couldn’t tell who the coaches were tonight so I’m not sure if they knew who I was as I slowly rode by and out of the lot.  I know that she made a big impression with these people too.

I took these pics in September 2014

About to demonstrate an exercise on a TW200.

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Encouraging the next generation of riders going in a counterclockwise oval.

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She always loved to share her knowledge if she could help someone.  All of her jobs were about teaching in one way or another and I’m sure anyone who got their motorcycle license through her will remember her.


Drunk Hit-and-Run Driver who killed moped rider is actually getting jail time…I’m shocked

Posted in Advocacy by sbahn on 2010/08/13

It’s not a lot of jail time for murdering someone, but it’s better than nothing.

Thomas J. Fennessey gets into his pick-up after drinking too much, hits another guy legally riding his moped on the road, leaves the scene and the guy to die by the side of the road, tries to conceal damage to his truck when the police go to his house, refuses a breathalyzer test, and he gets:

  • 7 years in jail, 5 to serve with the first 2 years in the ACI, the next three years on home confinement, and the final 2 years on probation FOR KILLING SOMEONE
  • 5 years loss of license

Seems like a fair judgment to me. I’m sure Laura Reale isn’t too worried about the judgment she’ll receive for running a red light and smashing into a guy on his bike in front of his mother and brother because she wasn’t drunk.

Michael Occhi, I’m sorry your life was cut short by the selfish, irresponsible actions of another.  May your family and all your students find peace.

Sweet Dreams Prof Hurt

Posted in Advocacy by sbahn on 2009/12/04

Thank you Harry Hurt for your dedicated work in advocating for safety for those foolish enough to use motorized two-wheelers as transport.

It’s law! Rhode Island bans texting while driving

Posted in Advocacy by sbahn on 2009/11/11

Finally! Now the question is how to enforce it. Well, I’ll answer that for all curious minds. Let me ride around in traffic because I can see everything (yes, everything, so stop rearranging that!) that goes on in cars and trucks because I sit up high on the scoot. And then let me issue citations. I’ll even do it on a volunteer basis.

Idiot people…driving is an art. Stop doing other crap when you should be focused on driving.

Mayor Cicilline, please support Ride to Work Day

Posted in Advocacy, Daily Commute by sbahn on 2009/05/08

May 8, 2009

The Honorable David N. Cicilline
Providence City Hall
25 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903

Dear Mayor Cicilline,

Congratulations on being named one of the “15 green-leaning mayors” in America by Grist magazine. In that vein I am writing to ask for your support for the 18th Annual Worldwide Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day on June 15, 2009. As a rider yourself, you would be a tremendous asset by supporting this worldwide initiative to encourage commuters to seek alternative transportation getting to and from work within the great City of Providence.

Akin to your support for “Bike to Work” day, motorcycle and scooter riders who live and/or work in the City want your office to highlight that our choice of daily transportation:

  • reduces greenhouse emissions;
  • reduces traffic congestion making everyone’s commute less stressful;
  • uses less space for parking which provides more spaces for everyone;
  • causes less wear and tear to our roadway infrastructure;
  • uses less fuel and carries cheaper insurance so that we have more money to spend with local merchants.

To show your support, I am asking that you consider issuing the enclosed Proclamation which has been written by the official Ride to Work organization, an established 501(c)4 non-profit organization supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. The Proclamation has been issued by many cities in past years including San Diego, Cincinnati and even our neighbor, Cambridge, MA; Providence needs to be added to the list of supporting cities.

In addition to signing the Proclamation, you could commute from your home to City Hall on your own bike with an escort from Providence’s Finest on their Harleys and Vectrixes to demonstrate the variety of rides and the City’s commitment to supporting those who choose to commute with vehicles that tread more lightly on this earth.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me or consult the official Ride to Work website at:

Yours sincerely,