Arizona Bike Week 2016
[dropcap style=”style1″]O[/dropcap]ver the course of 20 years, Arizona Bike Week grew from a small gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts into one of the biggest motorcycle gatherings in the United States, attracting over 100,000 bike week participants.
Spanning April 6-10, events were held across the Phoenix area, most notably at WestWorld of Scottsdale, the town of Cave Creek, Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson in North Phoenix, and at the Westgate Entertainment District.
According to Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, officers typically see an increase in motorcycle accidents during Bike Week because of the number of riders on the road.
During Bike Week over the past three years there have been 13 motorcycle accidents with injuries, one resulting in the death of two riders. Seven of the 13 injury accidents occurred during last years Bike Week.
Despite Bike Week having passed and a diminishing amount of riders on the streets as the weather warms up, Arizona is still home to an active and large bike community, many of whom are also involved in the local car scene.
At Car Street Journal, we urge our fellow drivers to look twice and save a life, not just during bike week, but the rest of the year as well.
James Sasser, Contributing Photographer at CSJ, captured some of the 2016 Bike Week festivities held at the Westgate Entertainment District.
Photography by James Sasser