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GWRRA rides into Paris on May 16 || Public invited to learn about motorcycle safety


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The Gold Wing Road Riders Association-Tx District is set to roll into Paris’ Love Civic Center from May 16-18.

Scott Finnell, GWRRA-Tx District motorist awareness coordinator, said there are chapters throughout the state, and “as a district,” Finnell said, “we get together for training, visiting with friends, rides and to just have fun.”

Finnell said he expects about 150-200 GWRRA-Tx District members for this year’s meet up.

“We will have some training seminars, bike courses some members will take to improve riding skills and in-class seminars to talk about different things,” Finnell said. “I’m talking about the maturing rider for those getting older and still wanting to ride.”

Since May is considered motorcycle awareness month, Finnell said the group tries to educate drivers about motorcycles and how to be safe driving around them.

“A large number of accidents happen when drivers don’t see motorcycles,” Finnell said.

Finnell said American Trucking will bring an 18-wheeler to present a “no zone demonstration.

“We put a big truck or car out there, and we try to show people what you can and can’t see in a cab of a truck,” Finnell said. “When riding in the no zone, you’re putting yourself in danger.”

The event is set for noon-5 p.m. on May 16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 17 and 18 at Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate Drive.

Finnell said the chapter will take a merchant walk downtown from 5-8:30 p.m. on May 17 to visit “a bunch of downtown merchants.”

He said there will be a light show, free to the public, at about 8:30 p.m. near Paris downtown square, headed to South Main Iron.

“If the public is around, the light parade is a really nice thing to see,” he said. “We can’t wait to visit and enjoy the wonderful community of Paris and the surrounding area. Paris is just a beautiful place, and hopefully, the weather cooperates for this weekend.”

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