Once again, a tragic scene unfolds on the Main Street at Daytona Beach Bike Week.
This past Saturday, on the 2nd night of the annual motorcycle pilgrimage to Daytona, a motorcyclist was hit by a car on Main Street.
Actually it was two cars and the motorcyclist wound up "pinned" between the SUV and sedan at Main St. and Halifax Avenue.
According to the reports, the driver of the vehicle may have had a "medical" condition, but for whatever reason rear-ended a couple of motorcyclists stopped at the red light at Halifax and then continued through the intersection before striking and pinning the trike between another vehicle.
Fortunately the driver and passenger on the trike will recover, although with serious leg injuries. But that's not the point. It's high time to return Main Street to motorcycle traffic only during Bike Week and Biketoberfest.
There is absolutely zero room for debate on this. From a safety standpoint it makes perfect sense and with constant police presence during the rally it's easy enough to enforce.
Other cities do it, like Sturgis South Dakota can do it, (and their Main Street is twice the length) so there's no argument against it, other than the political leadership in Daytona doesn't really care about the safety and well being of it's motorcycle tourists.
Maybe the only thing that will get results is a class-action lawsuit, (which can potentially result in high payouts and can be profitable for law-firms to pursue) against the city with everyone who has had an injury or a bike damaged by an auto on Main Street in the last 10 years.
What's your opinion? Add your voice and share this so something gets done now!