By Tayla Adams
In part four of my interview with Chris Cass, we get into conscious riding. Find out how this guy’s made a habit of riding safe.
T: Just from listening to you, I think it’s great you’re such a conscious rider.
C: I call it consciousness. I don’t have a radio. I don’t have a phone. Nothing in my helmet, but my sunglasses and me. I want to be consciously aware because I’m on a machine that could kill me. I don’t need any distractions.
T: Right, you’re very aware of your mortality. A lot of riders I meet or see don’t ride with that mindset.
C: Yeah, it’s scary because we’re traveling sometimes at such great speeds. I don’t do a lot of freeway travel, but I’m not afraid of the freeway. I think it’s one of the safest places to be for a motorcycle, but I don’t have to go a lot of distances in my daily life. However, when I do get on the freeway that’s when I think the most of if I’m going seventy miles an hour and I hit a bad hole is someone going to change lanes without signaling? I don’t want to go there, but you have to think about that kind of thing.
T: I read an article a month or two ago about California drivers wanting lane splitting outlawed for motorcyclists. How do you feel about that?
C: I would ride my bike up to Sacramento to protest that. I think lane splitting is fine. Certainly it’s dangerous and risky, but for those who are conscious it’s fine. I split lanes all the time, cautiously and safely. I know other states are thinking of adding it to their traffic laws and I think it’s great. Or give us our own lane. You’d have more people riding motorcycles. Get rid of the carpool lane, give us a motorcycle lane and you’ll see a huge increase in motorcycles.
I hope you all enjoyed part four of my interview with Chris. Conscious riding is something I’ve talked about in the past on this platform, and I fully encourage every rider to be aware of their surrounding and their safety.
Stay safe in these streets!