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Thank you to all riders and supporters of the
2016 Motorcycle Awareness Ride!

The 2016 ride was a great success! We had 394 riders and passengers register for this 25th anniversary ride.  Over $22,000 was raised to support Fort McMurray now and into the future!

 

Motorcycle Awareness 2016 Crowd

Elaine on bike

 

All proceeds for the Motorcycle Awareness Ride on May 15, 2016 have been directed to supporting Ft. McMurray now and into the future.

Wood’s Homes community outreach services including crisis and counselling services are being made available immediately for evacuees and all affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires. Free walk-in counselling is available in Calgary at the Eastside Family Centre, and online services are available through email, text and chat. Our 24/7 crisis line is available to those in Calgary, throughout Alberta and nation-wide.

In-person support is also being provided to all evacuees at the SAIT, University of Calgary and Ambrose University reception centres.

The Wood’s Homes Stepping Stones program in Fort McMurray includes a youth shelter and community outreach available for youth and families in the Wood Buffalo region, and will continue to offer services and support as residents return to their homes and begin the long process of rebuilding their community. 

The 2016 Motorcycle Awareness Ride honoured three motorcycling legends:

Bob Kane moved to Calgary in 1957, opening Kane’s Motorcycle Shop – Alberta’s oldes Harley-Davidson dealership and was always involved in promoting motorcycling and events. He was a lifetime member of of the Calgary Motorcycle Club, the National Harley Owner’s Club (HOG) and the Bow Valley Chapter of HOG. Bob's last ride in May 1997, at age 84, with his sidecar unit, was the Motorcycle Awareness ride in Calgary.

Walt Healy was a founding member of the Calgary Motorcycle Club in 1926 and also helped form the Ace-Hy Motorcycle Club in 1938. Walt was well known for his motorcycle stunts and enjoyed putting on motorcycle performances, something like an early and slightly tamer Evel Knievel. He received the first motorcycle journeyman certificate in Alberta in 1986, and his work as a mechanic was sought after in several locations, including Walt Healy Motorsports, from 1931 until he semi-retired in 1985 – that’s 54 years!!

Roger Hyde began riding when he was 12 after he and his father spent $25 to buy a 1938 Francis Barnett at an auction. He was a champion for the 25th Anniversary of the Calgary Motorcycle Awareness Ride – an event very dear to his heart. He strongly believed that the annual ride in May brought a heightened sense of awareness for motorcyclists’ safety, reminding the public that bikes were back on the road for the season.  

For information about the Motorcycle Awareness Ride click here.

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