Wheatland to have motorcycle awareness signs from ABATE

ABATE representative Mike Halvorson (right) address the Wheatland Town Board while Randy Kaskin displays the sign the group sought to place along Wheatland roads.

Wheatland will become the second Kenosha County municipality where a group representing motorcyclists will place motorcycle awareness signage.

Two members of a local chapter of ABATE asked the Wheatland Town Board Monday for permission to locate two signs in appropriate locations along town roads. The signs say “Look Twice, Save a life” and include a graphic of a motorcyclist.

ABATE asked and received permission last year to locate the signs in Randall.

The Wheatland Town Board granted permission to allow the signs to be posted.

Representing ABATE Monday at the regular Wheatland Town Board meeting were Mike Halvorson and Randy Kaskin, who also happen to be Randall town supervisors, though they were making the request as private citizens.

Halvorson said the group has plans to offer two such signs to each municipality in the county, starting with Western Kenosha County. The idea of the signs is to build awareness of motorcyclists sharing the roadways with other traffic.

“Our feeling is if they’re looking out for us, they’re looking for you too,” Halvorson told the board.

Eventually the group would also like to get signs placed along county and state highways, Halvorson said.

Discussion on placement of the signs seemed to settle on two locations along Geneva Road (Old Highway 50) — one in new Munster and one in Slades Corners. The signs will be placed on speed limit or town identification signs to avoid distracting from vital signs like stop signs, Halvorson said.

“There’s a lot of bike traffic on old 50,” said Wheatland Supervisor Andrew Lois.

The board’s approval was unanimous.

“I like this; it’s a good deal,” said town Chairman Bill Glembocki.


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