Motorcyclists attend bike blessing at Agawam church

Hampden County

As the temperatures start to rise, you’ll start to notice more motorcycles on the road. 

Nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in the United States in 2015.

For this group of riders, that statistic is a reminder of the dangers they face every time they ride. 

“Safety is big, especially being out there on the road on two wheels,” said Martin Kucharczyk Sr. of Kingdom Warriors.

Saturday dozens of riders gathered at the Bethany of God Assembly in Agawam to pray for extra protection.

Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car.

An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015.

For these riders, it’s a constant reminder of the importance of sharing the road responsibly. 

“Many cars don’t pay attention to us, so we have to pay attention for them,” said Kucharczyk. “My recommendation, my big advice, keep your eyes open, use hand signals. If you don’t know them, learn them.”

 For many, this annual event marks their first ride of the season. 

“Pray for the riders that are going to go out,” said Kucharczyk.

Some of these riders have been attending this “bike blessing,” since its inception, more than a decade ago. 

They want drivers and riders to look twice and save a life. 

“Looking twice and checking for motorcycles is what its about, so we just pray for the riders to be safe on their rides,” said Billy Santiago of Kingdom Warriors.

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