Story Number: NNS140207-24Release Date: 2/7/2014 10:12:00 PM
By Darrell E. Waller, NAVFAC EXWC Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) employees conducted a motorcycle ride for safety, Feb. 7.
Four Sailors attached to EXWC's Mobile Utilities Supply Equipment (MUSE) division took to the southern California roadways as part of the command's inaugural motorcycle group ride.
The goal is to develop safe motorcycle operating habits while navigating varied terrain amid changing weather conditions.
"This is a wonderful idea," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark. K. Edelson. "We constantly reinforce motorcycle safety during quarters, and focus on the need to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do. This motorcycle tour puts those safety tenets in to action and allows us to operationalize motorcycle safety."
The ride covered 67 miles, taking the bikers over highways, roads, throughout canyons and other challenging terrain.
"We kept it to 67 miles because we didn't want to get too far away," said Engineering Aide 1st Class and tour organizer Adam Binon. "But we wanted to mix it up, to include highway riding, canyon riding, down hills, around curves and other types of roads.
"This is a kind of mentorship program," Binon added, "where we can learn safe riding techniques from one another while we're out on the open road."
The four riders: Binon, Chief Steelworker (SWC) James Mathews, Construction Electrician (CE) 2nd Class Anthony Biondo and Chief, Construction Electrician (CEC) William Cappel rode dissimilar bike models and their experience levels ranged from novice to highly proficient, but each looked forward to the opportunity to enhance their skills.
Before departing, the group consulted a lengthy checklist to ensure a smooth and safe ride.
Their course took them through Ventura to Lake Casitas, Ojai, Santa Paula and Saticoy before safely returning to their starting point.
"This was the first of what we hope will be many motorcycle group rides to reinforce essential safe riding techniques," said Capt. Edelson, "And the training will help sharpen their skills while demonstrating responsible riding for all participants.