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Bikers applaud safety improvements in Pennsylvania.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hundreds of bikers from around Pennsylvania gathered inside the Capitol Rotunda to talk about the importance of sharing the road.

Officials with the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education say Pennsylvania is taking steps to raise awareness. There are more yellow and black "Watch for Motorcycles" signs along Pennsylvania highways.

Charles Umbenhauer, an ABATE spokesman, says people are taking the message to the streets.

PennDOT released some statistics for 2013. Motorcycle collisions were down 13 percent and they say that means 500 less accidents in Pennsylvania last year. Fatalities were down nearly 14 percent. Nationally, the Governors Highway Safety Association reported a 7 percent decline in motorcycle deaths.

Motorcycle registrations were down in 2013, but licensing increased by 6000. Officials say that means more people are getting trained properly before they travel on the road.


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