Safety Articles by our own Mr. Safety, John Knickerbocker

It's February, Start Getting Your Body Ready to Ride

John Knickerbocker - 2014 Safety Officer, February 2014


You remember Hans and Frans, the personal trainers of the stars on Saturday Night Live. They made the phrase “PUMP YOU UP” famous. Well, they were busy this year helping celebrities get in shape to watch the Super Bowl. So they asked me, their 3rd cousin, Johns to PUMP YOU UP for the riding season.


Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter. But when you do start to ride, nothing is more nasty, or unsafe than sore wrists, arms, legs, and shoulders, an aching bottom, and getting tired way too fast. That’s all for girlie men and softy women. If you start now, we can PUMP YOU, UP...

Don't Be Lost Out in the Cold

​John Knickerbocker - 2014 Safety Officer, January 2014

There you were driving home at night in that nasty blizzard when some dipstick pulled out in front of you. You did what you could to avoid a collision and wound up sliding into deep snow in the ditch as the other driver sped away unaware of what just happened to you. After a few choice words and a “Hail Mary” for not getting killed, you attempted to get out of the ditch, but found you were stuck so deep, you couldn’t open your door. On the radio revealed the highway you were on was being closed due to the severe weather. Most folks would have broken down and cried. But you were one of the smart drivers out there. You were prepared with your winter safety kit.

The Cat in the Hat Gets Ready to Ride  ( A Safety Officer's Ode to Dr. Suess )
John Knickerbocker - 2013 Safety Officer

Our Dr. Suess, alas he’s gone,

But rhymes we must keep carrying on.

‘Cause know that spring, is nearly here.

Down winding roads, we’ll want to steer.

We love to ride, of that we’re certain.

And to avoid, that final curtain, ...