Motorcycle safety education a must

According to a 2010 report of the World Health Organization, motorcycle riders make up a large portion of those killed on the road. The report added, in "Metro Manila, 34% of all fatal road crashes and 37% of non-fatal injuries from road traffic crashes involve motorcycles."

To ensure motorcycle riders’ safety, we have Republic Act No. 10054, an act mandating all motorcycle riders to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets. Additionally, we have Republic Act No. 10666 or Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015 which aims to secure the safety of child passengers.

Image source: Northwest Harley Blog

But as we can see, not everybody is complying. From where I live, youth speeding on their motorcycles and unprotected, is a normal sight during the evenings. One instance, I saw a man and a child onboard a motorcycle wherein only the adult had a helmet on.

This calls for motorcycle safety education and who can do this best but the more responsible motorcycle riders themselves.

Recently, Shell Philippines held a contest for the Best Motorcycle Club in line with the Iloilo leg of Shell Bike Fair 2016 held in Iloilo City last July 16, 2016.

The first prize winner is Team Raider 150 who received P30,000 in cash. The second prize winner FZ-16 received P20,000 while the third place winner and People's Choice awardee United Panay Riders Club received P10,000 in cash. Their advocacies play a big part in their selection.

The clubs have advocacies on safety and emergency response and their cash prizes would help them boost their projects, according to Shell Advance brand manager Recca Menchavez.

I’m happy to note that these clubs exist not only for camaraderie but also foster responsible and safe motoring.

Motoring safety is also an advocacy of Shell and this is shown not only through their projects but also through their products like Shell Advance oils, Shell V-Power Nitro+ and Shell Select which, according to Fuels brand manager Mark Malabanan, are popular among Ilonggo motorcycle owners.

Shell Advance oils are made of top-quality synthetic, semi-synthetic or mineral base oils. Their special high-performance additives provide lasting protection against engine stress and improved cleanliness. Shell V-Power Nitro+ is composed of Shell's premium performance fuels designed to fight gunk and corrosion.

Shell Select is their convenience retail that provides a wide array of snacks, refreshments and hot meals for motorists on the go.

They also opened Shell Advance Motorcare Express, a service station for motorcycle owners. Once proven successful in some pilot areas in Manila-based Shell stations, Menchavez said they would open in the provinces, including Iloilo. “We want to help them care for their motorcycles,” she concluded./Kathy Villalon

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July 16, 2016 at the Iloilo Convention Center

The fair aims to gather motorcycle riders for a day filled with games, music, food, motorcycle displays, booths, raffles, giveaways, and entertainment provided by Gracenote, Mocha Girls and Callalily. The night ended with three bikes raffled off.

Shell Bike Fair 2016 will be held in Cagayan de Oro on September 3 and in Manila on September 24, 2016.

Best Motorcycle Club first prize winner Team Raider 150 of Iloilo

Best Motorcycle Club second prize winner FZ-16

Best Motorcycle  third prize winner and and People’s Choice awardee United Panay Riders Club

Iloilo Fury Riders Club

Suzuki Raider Club 44th Chapter

Smash Club Philippines

Rouser Riders Club

Callalily performs during the Shell Bike Fair 2016, Iloilo City

Fuels Brand Manager Mark Malabanan, Shell Advance Brand Manager Recca Menchavez, Maricon Montebon, Panay Island Distributor Sales Manager VCY Sales Corporation; and Mike Park, Shell Indirect Channel Account Manager during the ribbon cutting ceremony for Shell Bike Fair 2016 held in Iloilo City last July 16, 2016.

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