Business came to a standstill at Avondale shops in Harare this weekend as scores of bikers or motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at the normally tranquil shopping centre to raise bike awareness and safety on the roads.

Biking is associated with speed, noise, recklessness and leather wear but according to the bikers clubs, emphasis is on safety first.

The latest gathering was however meant encourage safer choices on the part of motorcyclists to help reduce deaths and injuries.

Motorcycle traffic is on the increase in the city and as such,  the parade at the weekend was held to keep riders and drivers safe while it is important for everyone to know the rules of the road, minimise distractions and be courteous to one another while sharing the roadway.

Different bikers clubs came together to raise awareness on safety and put safety first.

By law, motorcycles on the road have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorized vehicles.

Young blacks are now breaking ranks and joining these clubs that were predominantly affluent and associated with whites.

They encouraged motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use dot-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride while sober and to help promote safe motorcycle practices.