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Motorcycle safety day Sunday at Cumming Fairgrounds
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If you go

* What: Motorcycle safety day with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and DDS

* When: Sunday, April 30, noon-4 p.m.

* Where: Parking lot across from the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road

* Cost: Free

Motorcyclists or those wishing to obtain their license to ride may want to check out a family friendly event being held in Cumming on Sunday.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is holding its annual motorcycle safety day April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the parking lot across from the Cumming Fairgrounds, located at 235 Castleberry Road just off the downtown square.

Bike shows, local food, free bike inspections and a chance to earn a class M license from the Department of Driver Services will be offered at the event, as well as a cone course where residents can challenge a cop to ride, said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The event comes at a time of the year when motorcycle and roadway safety are especially important. There have been several serious crashes in Forsyth County just this week involving a vehicle and a smaller mode of transportation.

A motorcyclist and bicyclist were critically injured in separate crashes in one day earlier in the week, and a pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.

“This time of year, there are probably double the motorcycles on the road because of the weather,” Rainwater said. “It’s important you know that there are more motorcycles out with you, using the same lanes you’re using and coming toward you, so just be more aware. Especially on a pretty weekend.”

Motorcycles are not the only ones that may be harder to see on the road or sidewalk.

“Some people who jog wear dark clothes, and it’s hard to see them,” Rainwater said. “Be aware of people hogging, walking. They’re not all wearing bright, fluorescent colors.”