Motorcycle fatalities are a stark reminder to all motorists to be extra alert in order to safely share the road with motorcycles.
It's also a time for riders to re-evaluate their abilities to safely navigate various road and weather conditions.
"It is always terrible when we hear about somebody who has had an accident, particularly a fatal one," said Eric Carlston from Monroe County ABATE.
Eric Carlston doesn't know the two young men killed in separate motorcycle crashes in Rochester and Penfield Wednesday, but says it still hurts him personally because much of his life is about educating people about motorcycle rights and safety.
"I always worry that I haven't done my job well enough to get the word out and to make people aware. We want people to ride safe," said Carlston.
This time of year there are more motorcycles than ever out on the road. Fatal crashes are a tragic reminder to everyone to drive safely.
"Look twice to save a life, come to a complete stop and then before you proceed again look and look again before you pull out and that is when you might see that motorcycle coming down the road," said Carlston. "There is never any reason to tailgate a motorcyclists, if you are, you are threatening their life."
Carlston says new and even experienced riders need to take training courses. Learn 2 Ride offers motorcycle riding classes at MCC and Alfred State.
"We want people to always ride within their skill level and obey the law and make sure your equipment is in proper working order," said Carlston. "You definitely want to ride for the conditions and not try to push yourself too much, the road is not necessarily the place to test your skills it is not a racetrack."