In it’s fourth year at Camp Pendleton, over 1,300 Marines participated in Semper Rides’ motorcyle safety course for the armed forces. Recognizing that an increasing number of troops are riding motorcycles, a program was put in place to help ensure their safety.
Tragically, more Marines were losing their lives on motorcycles than in combat. So in 2009, Semper Ride was created in direct response to the increasing number of motorcycle accidents involving Marines. The organization draws inspiration from the popular motorcycle-based television show, The Great Ride Open, which promotes responsible riding. Since the introduction of the program the number of fatalities has decreased by 48%.
In addition to the safety course, this year’s event also featured a freestyle motocross display. Here some photos of the action: