North Coast Motorcycle Safety Ride - 100 +/- mile State Patrol Escorted Ride

UPDATED  -  5/10/2013 -


Hi Folks.

We moved our meet-up location in Geneva Ohio to the Chops Grille / restaurant parking lot across the street from Best Friends Restaurant. Its a paved parking lot & easier to see /find our group as well has a better line sight exit for traffic.  Its the 1st. building /business you will see on the east side of the road just north of I-90.  Fuel & food is available around this location so please TOP OFF YOUR FUEL @ GENEVA OHIO before we depart @ 9:30 AM .

Please review & make a copy of our route from Geneva / Chops parking lot to the Jefferson / Ashtabula County Fairgrounds if needed.  Everyone is responsible for getting themselves from Chops to the fairgrounds.

http://goo.gl/maps/kE1CX

We will have a pre-ride meeting in Chops parking lot just before departure.   This is a rain or shine event, so if there is a chance of precipitation , please be prepared & experienced /skilled in riding in wet conditions.

Lets hope we don't have to deal with cool or wet conditions & it will be a perfect weather day like last year.  I'm looking forward to having a fun day riding with you all!

Thank you.

 

Note - We do not keep the group waiting past departure times for those that are running late.   Those folks can meet-up / catch-up with us @ the fairgrounds.

All riders will be responsible for planning their own individual return routes home from the Cortland Moose and Family Center in Mecca Ohio.  6400 SR 46. Cortland, Ohio 44410 .  http://goo.gl/maps/jUFKh

Updated 5/10/13

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Here is a great opportunity to support a good cause & enjoy a fully escorted ride on some of the more scenic roads that Northeast Ohio counties has to offer.

Below is a cut & paste newspaper article about this ride from the spring of 2012:

"By MARGIE NETZEL - [masked] Staff Writer

Seven years ago, dispatchers at the Ohio State Highway Patrol would wince when a call came in.

The phone hadn’t brought much good news — 10 motorcyclists died on Ashtabula County roads that year, making 2005 a biker’s nightmare.

This year will mark the seventh annual North Coast Motorcycle Safety Ride on May 19, a biker’s tour of Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties to raise motorcycle safety awareness and to ensure the tragedies of 2005 are never relived, Sgt. Ron Bornino said.

The safety ride is sponsored by OHP, Motorcycle Ohio, Safe Communities, and University Hospitals. Proceeds benefit Safe Communities in all five counties.

“This year the ride will feature two starting points, one at The Ashtabula County Fairgrounds and the other at Bike Town Harley Davidson in Mahoning County,” Bornino said. “Both groups will meet at the Parkman Community Center, located in Geauga County.”

Bornino said the riders will return to the Cortland Moose and Family Center for festivities, safety displays and food.

“The entire ride will be escorted by OHP troopers and local law enforcement officers,” he said.

Riders can register the day of the ride at each starting point from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. First bike out at 11 a.m. from each starting point.

Bornino said drivers need to watch out for motorcyclists as the weather turns warmer and the bikers take to the roads."

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I talked with Sgt. Ron Bornino this morning (11/14/2012) & some of the details have change for the 2013 Safety Ride. Sgt. Bornino stated that the departure from the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds will remain the same as last year - 11 AM.  One major change @ this point in time is the midway meet-up location which will be @ the Bristolville Fire Dept. parking lot. Final destination is the same as last year which is the Cortland Moose and Family Center in Mecca Ohio.  More food, tent space & possibly vendors are in the plans for this 2013 event.  It was all we could eat last year & they never ran out of food ! A lot of the members won prizes including the 50/50 raffle.

 

The total ride mileage starting @ the Ashtabula County fairgrounds in Jefferson Oh.  & ending in Mecca Oh. was about 100 miles last year. The route is changed every year.

Sgt. Bornino advised that in the past, this event usually winds down & finishes about 3pm +/- . At the end of the event , folks can either head off towards home/wherever or regroup with me/others for a few more country miles around the Mosquito Lake area.

This ride will also be posted as a Erie Road Rider meet-up event so ride on over to Ashtabula County & meet & ride with some great folks from Northwest Pa. & N.Y. state.

( Last year ) Tickets - $15 single rider , $5 for passenger . Ticket includes registration, food, soft drinks, one raffle ticket & most likely a good time!

If you have sponsor questions , please contact Sandra Pulsifer at [masked]

If you have a group related event question, please post it or e-mail me via Meet-Up mail.

This is a RAIN or SHINE EVENT !!

** Note ** Geneva Ohio is a good 1/2 way point for both the Erie & Cleveland groups to meet & ride together to the fairgrounds as a group. Those from either the Erie, Cleveland or surrounding areas that would like to hook up to ride to Geneva together can decide among yourselves as to the meet-up locations that are convenient for your areas.

Arrive early in Geneva  (8:30 am) if you want to do breakfast or coffee!! I'll reserve a area for the group.

DEPARTURE TIME from Chops Grille / restaurant parking lot , Geneva Ohio, will be 9:30 AM sharp !!

Please top off fuel tanks before leaving Geneva as only one fuel stop is planned mid-way into this ride for the hundreds of riders attending.  Your bike must have at least a 120 mi.+ fuel range if you plan to refuel after completing the event in Mecca like I plan to.


SKILL RATED -  Intermediate & above riding skills preferred.  Interstate group riding experience also recommended.

I will post updates & route as they become available.

Pics. from 2012 Safety Ride -  http://www.meetup.com/ErieRoadRiders/photos/8382082/#[masked]

http://www.meetup.com/neohbikers/photos/8338622/#[masked]


When you ride safe, you'll ride again.

Thanks all.

Walt G.

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  • Jenna

    Chad and I had an awesome time. Great weather, great people and a state highway patrol plane blocking for us!!! Now that was badass! ;)

    May 21, 2013

  • Jody N.

    Great ride today and I met some really awesome people too. Thanks to all that helped plan the event.

    May 18, 2013

    • Jim E.

      Nice meeting you and your husband. Hope to see you again on other rides.

      1 · May 19, 2013

    • Jenna

      Great riding with you guys and getting to know you better. Look forward to more miles. ;)

      May 21, 2013

  • J

    What a great turn out of 99ers! It was super to see all of you out in force. The ride was super and well put together. I did find myself staring at the trooper airplane that was escorting us quite a bit.... how cool was that?!?!?! Looks like everyone enjoyed the event and no one had any issues. Who could ask for more??

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Dave C

    Absolutely a great ride escorted by the troopers!!! And then you add the the friendly riders and leaders for a perfect road trip. Special thanks to Walt for leading this event for our group.

    May 19, 2013

  • John C.

    Just great! Terrific group of people great ride, great escort and wonderful weather.

    May 19, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Except for a little sunburn, it was an awesome ride. Great to see members new and familiar. Thanks also to Law Enforcement and all the volunteers.

    May 19, 2013

  • Rick

    Can't beat this ride moving @ a good pace with seasoned riders. We all have a great time together on this ride! I wish all rides went like this. Thanks to all involved!

    May 19, 2013

  • Ilona

    Having troubles with my bike, don't want to chance being out-of-state. Ride safe and have fun guys

    May 13, 2013

    • Chad

      Miss you pony!!!

      May 19, 2013

    • Chad

      Miss you pony!! Its Jenna

      May 19, 2013

  • Jim E.

    Great ride, great people, great weather; who could ask for anything more. Special thanks to Walt and all the safety personnel and volunteers who made this all possible.

    May 19, 2013

  • Sydney

    Wonderful ride! Great weather, and so nice not to have to stop at intersections and red lights. Thanks Walt for organizing, and thanks Ashtabula County State Highway Patrol. Looking forward to future rides.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Jesse L.

    Great ride! Perfect weather. Great people. Excellent experience for our first group ride. Gonna go ice my butt now.

    May 18, 2013

  • Ilona

    Ride safe everyone. I will be with you in spirit.

    May 17, 2013

  • Mike T

    Planning to meet Stefanie and rid out with her

    May 17, 2013

  • Evie

    Thought I was going to get to do this ride but have a chance to do an overnight ride to PA this weekend.

    May 15, 2013

  • J

    Anyone from the south wishing to join me in heading out to Geneva is welcome. I will be leaving Solon Paninis (corner of rt91 and Solon Rd.) at 8:30am. I am taking mostly back roads (422>528>88>534) to meet up with Walt's group. If you plan on joining me please respond here and be fueled up and ready to go at 8:30am at Paninis.

    May 11, 2013

    • Jody N.

      J, John and I will be at Panins to meet you at about 8:15am on Saturday.

      May 15, 2013

  • Stefanie

    Just a reminder that in addition to J's starting point in Solon, we will also have a group leaving from Highland Heights, Marathon Gas Station, 6295 Wilson Mills Rd. Please see Walt's posting (thank you, Walt!) with a link to the gas station if you are not sure of its location and would like to join us. This is all highway, 271N to 90E. Leaving at 8:30.

    May 15, 2013

  • Stew C.

    Hate to miss it, but being down in Mexico sipping margaritas is the next best thing!!! Next time, Be Safe

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Ilona

    Having trouble with my wheels on back order. They should be on by next week as I am looking forward to the ride.

    May 11, 2013

  • Dave G from C.

    Sorry registered on both meetups. Changed this one to help with accurate numbers.

    May 10, 2013

  • Vincent S.

    I have to attend an event with my daughter.

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ill be there from PA.

    May 1, 2013

  • Diana S.

    Will be in Florida.

    April 28, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Anyone riding up from the Westpark area?

    April 22, 2013

    • Jon

      I'm in Westpark, but not sure i'll be going to the run though.

      April 27, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Anyone riding up from the west park area?

    January 17, 2013

    • J

      Once we get a bit closer to the event I will set up a launch point from the Cleveland area to meet up with the folks out east.

      January 17, 2013

    • Joe H.

      Looks like an experienced group,but if you need any help with the Cleveland area start, count me in

      April 21, 2013

  • Stefanie

    For anyone who wants to ride out to Geneva, meet at the Marathon Gas Station at 6295 Wilson Mills Rd. Departure 8:30. We will do 271N to 90E. Approximately 45 minutes, giving everyone time to refuel if needed.

    April 21, 2013

    • Ilona

      I'll meet you at 8:30

      April 21, 2013

  • Mike T

    I had great fun last year until my drive shaft coupling failed and I was stranded :(. BUT,, a very kind state trooper came to my rescue and called a tow truck and recommended a high quality repair shop. I would have been in horrible shape without his kind help and the help of others who stopped for me. I highly recommend this ride and I will FINISH this year :)) I'll most likely meet Stef on Wilson Mills. C U all there !!

    April 21, 2013

  • Sydney

    I wanted to do this ride last year, but really didn't know anyone to ride with. I am just down the road from Best Freinds, so I will definitely take advantage of this ride to meet new riders and enjoying the ride.

    January 1, 2013

  • Stefanie

    This was truly fun last year! If anyone is interested in riding as a group to Geneva for the 9:30 departure, I'll volunteer to lead.

    November 14, 2012

    • Jim E.

      Stefanie, I'll meet you and help you out if you want.

      November 15, 2012

    • Stefanie

      Thanks Jim.... you know I can use all the help I can get!

      1 · November 15, 2012

  • marty s.

    I'm in. Was a good ride last time.

    November 14, 2012

  • Bill H.

    Sounds like a great time. I won't know till later if I am able but I will pencil it in for now and try to bring friends

    November 14, 2012

  • Rick

    This is the VERY BEST ride to be had! Well worth it!! Don't apply if you're still afraid of your machine.

    November 14, 2012

  • Ilona

    Nice to plan rides already.

    November 14, 2012

  • Scrappyike

    We'll be there for breakfast

    November 14, 2012

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