Members of RoadMelters at Bistupur in Jamshedpur during the Independence Day ride on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
They call themselves the RoadMelters. Not surprisingly, their Royal Enfield Bullets melt all kinds of roads — city, highway and dirt tracks. And now, this group of 24 Royal Enfield bikers of Jamshedpur has decided to melt hearts for a cause.
Members of RoadMelters will now vroom to spread road safety awareness among adolescents and youngsters.
Till July this year, the city has witnessed nearly 200 road accidents, bikers forming a bulk of the victims.
The bikers, who organised an Independence Day festive spin on Thursday, covered nearly 200km in and around the city.
But as they said, freedom from accidents was the spin they were most excited about.
“We are going to make 30-minute snappy presentations in schools and colleges on safe riding habits such as wearing helmets, using safety guards, controlling speeds and not indulging in so-called macho behaviour such as overtaking,” said Raghu Raj Murmu, a core-committee member of RoadMelters, which is also affiliated to Brotherhood of Bulleteers’ Motorcycling Consortium.
He added that they had started this activity at Kerala Public School, Kadma. “The response was tremendous. Teenagers believed us because we are bikers ourselves. We love biking. But we love safe biking even more,” Raghu Raj grinned.
Now, RoadMelters will approach organisations working on inculcating road safety values such as SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Clubs. SAFE has units in over 40 schools and colleges in city.
“We don’t want to bore or scare students. So, we keep our presentation to 30 minutes of gyan. Then, we want to interact with students and give demonstrations on safe riding habits. Ideally, we plan to conduct at least two such presentations every month at city cradles,” Raghu Raj said.
Raghu Raj, who went on a 64-day road trip of Jamshedpur-New Delhi-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-Amritsar-New Delhi-Mumbai-Nagpur-Jamshedpur in 2011, covering 10,000km safely, knows what he is talking about.
On their other members, he said: “We have veteran riders such as Srinivas Dhavala to train novices. Dhavala did the Himalayan Odessey 2013 with the Royal Enfield Bullet from New Delhi to Leh and then back to New Delhi this year in June.”
Members will train youngsters how to negotiate motorcycles on various terrains and weather.
“Yes, we will also give tips on first-aid and basic repairs as well as motorbike maintenance,” said Raghu.
The RoadMelters also take part in Rider Mania — a national-level congregation of bullet owners and enthusiasts at one place for a weekend.
Rider Mania has contests and workshops for the bikers to bring them together on one platform. Members will ride to Chennai for the next Rider Mania, scheduled between January 18-19, 2014.