Mother brings motorcycle awareness to Fort St. James

Corey Lodge was only 21-years-old in March 2005 when he bought the motorcycle of his dreams.

  • Wed Jun 22nd, 2016 7:00am
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Staff from Overwaitiea in Fort St. James along with Denise Lodge and store manager

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Corey Lodge was only 21-years-old in March 2005 when he bought the motorcycle of his dreams.

It was a 10000 cubic centimetre super sport bike including after-market enhancements.

And after only being licensed 24 hours before, the bike came home and Lodge couldn’t wait to try it out.

While going around a corner on the Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island, Lodge crashed.

He never came home.

Since then his mother Denise Lodge, from Kitimat, B.C. has been determined to not let the same thing happen to other motorcyclists.

She began an organization in her son’s name called CoreySafe.

The organization is centred in educating youth and raising awareness about motorcycle safety.

Lodge travels all around Northwestern B.C. presenting to various schools, the importance of motorcycle safety, proper training, riding etiquette and gear for riding which often includes members of Roadsafety BC and local RCMP officers.

“I want to empower kids so that they can make the right choices,” Lodge said. “Kids need skills when it comes to motorcycle safety.”

Lodge is determined to reach as many schools as she can and with the support from Save On and Overwaitea stores all across Northwestern B.C., Lodge hopes that she will be able to pay administration fees, cover travel costs and provide wrist bands for all students in the schools.

“It’s such an important message. Something needs to be done now,” Lodge said.

The grocery stores have been busily fundraising in support of Lodge’s efforts and Overwaitea in Fort St. James will be taking part also.

Store Manager, Rod Hobeyn is aware of the dangers of motorcycle riding.

“I ride myself and have lost friends in accidents,” Hobeyn said. This is a very important cause.”

For Lodge, it’s all about spreading information to as many kids as she can reach.

“I love kids. I want them to take something out of this and then teach their family and friends about being safe.”

For more information regarding motorcycle safety and CoreySafe visit: www.coreysafe.com