TVC E. At least 300 bikes from Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Enugu and Anambra on Sunday participated in the bikers dry run of the 2016 Calabar carnival.

The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, who led the crowd of bikers round the carnival routes, said that the bikers show was one of the innovations introduced into the carnival in 2015.

Ayade said that the bikers dry run was to enable the riders to be familiar with the carnival routes ahead of December 27 bikers show. He said that the carnival which is 12 years in row was getting better and bigger with innovation added into it yearly.

President of Metallic Nights Motorcycle Club of Calabar, Mr. Akin Rickets, said that the club was established in early 2016 with the aim of getting power bikes riders to imbibe safety measures. Rickets, a former Commissioner for Information in Cross River, said that 46 of his members were participating in bikers dry run. He said, “Our aim is to take safety measures by establishing the routes that would be taken on the real bikers day of December 27.

“We have distinguished personality in our club which ranges from military personnel, royal highnesses, politicians and others.” Also,  a member of Millennium Motorcycle Club of Uyo, Mrs. Ini Undonkan, said that she led 52 of her club members to participate in the bikers dry run.

According to Undonkan, riding a power bike was fun, adding that one road crashes can be avoided if safety measures are taken. “Some people see power bike as a male dominated show, but that is not true because we have over 10 females in our club who are experts. “Riding a power bike is just like sport. As a woman, i wanted to be a pilot; but unfortunately I could not make it,” she said.