Thunder in the Valley
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Johnstown Motorcycle Rally Expected to Draw Crowds

Southwestern PA has experienced its fair share of thunderstorms recently, but Johnstown is expecting a very different type of thunder this weekend.

More than 200,000 motorcyclists and spectators are anticipated at the annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, which began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

The rally includes four performance stages featuring country, blues, and rock musicians, with headliner band Foghat.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Rules of the Road & Off-Road for ATVs & Dirt Bikes in Pittsburgh

Many are seeking tighter laws to prevent ATV and off-roading in resident areas around the city.
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Off-road riding on ATVs, and dirt bikes can be a great form of recreation for people of all ages.

But with recent reports of these vehicles being driven through Pittsburgh neighborhoods illegally, some residents are looking for tighter restrictions.

Tom Mershimer is an ATV and off-road motorcycle instructor Mines and Meadows  ATV/RV Resort who has been riding and racing off-road vehicles for most of his life. He's an enthusiastic rider, but he's seen some of the problems when it comes to the rules of the road, and off-road.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:21 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Reasking the Question: Should Wearing A Motorcycle Helmet Be A Matter of Choice in PA?

What are some of the reasons bikers have for not wearing a helmet? We want to know.
Credit Albert Lynn / WESA

Since the repeal of Pennsylvania's helmet law there has been an increase in motorcycle deaths. There has also been a doubling of motorcycle registrations. Rep. Dan Frankel has introduced legislation that would again require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Charles Umbenhauer, lobbyist for the group Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Pennsylvania feels helmets should be a choice.

Government & Politics
1:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

To Wear a Helmet or Not Wear a Helmet? That's Still the Question

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, and while everyone wants to keep riders safe, how to best do that is still up for debate in the commonwealth.

When Gov. Tom Corbett declared May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month he encouraged riders to head to the PennDOT-sponsored website to get tips on how to stay safe while riding. Along with tips such as wearing sturdy shoes and checking tire pressure, it also recommends that riders wear a helmet.

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