Ride Smart campaign starts

Staff Report

Aims to Reduce Motorcycle Deaths and Injuries

COLUMBUS –Motorcycle Ohio (MO), part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) will gather together with state leaders, traffic safety partners, law enforcement, motorcycle advocates and enthusiasts during the month of May during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

MO has partnered with Quaker Steak to kick off its statewide Ride SMART motorcycle safety campaign at five Quaker Steak and Lube locations around the state during their scheduled “Bike Nights,” raising awareness about all aspects of motorcycle safety including: Ride Sober. Ride Motorcycle Endorsed. Ride Alert. Use the Right Gear. Ride Trained. Ride SMART.

“It is important that we continue to educate both riders and motorists alike about the importance of motorcycle safety,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore. “We must also continue working with our traffic safety partners on education, enforcement and engineering efforts that ultimately contribute to a safer Ohio.”

MO is working with state and local safety partners to get the message out to riders and motorists that everyone plays a critical role in motorcycle safety and will be working to continue these messages across the state during the entire riding season. People can follow the #ridesmartohio hashtag on social media to get up-to-date information on scheduled activities.

Motorcycle Ohio Ride SMART Kick-off Events


Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. -9 p.m.- Quaker State & Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive


Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.-Valley- Quaker State & Lube, (Cuyahoga County) 5935 Canal Road


Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.- Quaker Steak& Lube, Sheffield (Lorain County) 4900 Transportation Dr.


Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Quaker Steak & Lube, Milford (Hamilton County) 590 Chamber Drive, Milford


Thursday, June 8, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Quaker Steak & Lube, Cincinnati (Hamilton) 3737 Stone Creek Blvd.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.


Staff Report