RIDE WITH THE LEADERS TM. TO THE NATION'S CAPITOL
Motorcycle Riders from Alaska, Illinois, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin Advance Pro-Freedom, Pro-Safety Agenda
Washington, DC . In partnership with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, ABATE of
Alaska and ABATE of Oregon joined the national push for motorcyclists' rights and safety by visiting their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., last week. In addition, members of the Washington Road Riders Association were
paying personal calls on their representatives. They coordinated with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation to brief Congress on the joint MRF-SMRO agenda for the 107thCongress and our collective hopes for a new federal direction that
favors motorcyclists' rights and safety under the Bush Administration.
Among the issues discussed with Members of Congress: the threat of EPA restrictive regulations on motorcycles and motorcyclists, the blatant discrimination against motorcyclists embodied in "non-discrimination" regulations of a 1996 health care law and the need to advance safety and freedom through policy and people - policy that integrates motorcycles in national transport planning and people, particularly motorcycle-friendly people, who should be considered for key positions in the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Also walking the halls of Congress were ABATE of Illinois and ABATE of Wisconsin who visited their representatives in conjunction with the American
Motorcyclist Association's "Introduction to Washington."
Briefing the offices of both Democrats and Republicans were Boyd McFail of Alaska and Joe Huff and Ted Tracy of Oregon. Jo Breneman and Mark Colling visited from Washington. Representing ABATE of Wisconsin were Kirk "Hardtail" Willard and Bronson Smith. From ABATE of Illinois, Teri Stobbs, John Faulhaber, Rich Amling, Tom Harms and Butch Newby were led by Cheryl Pearre.
The SMRO-MRF teams paid calls on the following Members of Congress: U.S. Reps. David Obey and Mark Green, and Senators Russ Feingold and Herbert Kohl of Wisconsin; U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Darlene Hooley, Pete DeFazio, David Wu
and Greg Walden, and Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden of Oregon. ABATE of Illinois visited U.S. Reps. David Phelps, John Shimkus and House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Illinois also paid a call on U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, an MRF Champion of
Motorcyclists' Rights & Safety. ABATE of Alaska visited Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski and Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the House
Transportation Committee and an MRF Champion of Motorcyclists' Rights & Safety. Highlight of the week occurred after hours, when ABATE of Oregon joined ABATE of Alaska and Motorcycle Riders Foundation government relations vice president
Tom Wyld at the Capitol Hill Club at an event honoring Congressman Young.
"Again this week, motorcyclists' rights advocates experienced first-hand that the most powerful voice in public policy is their own," said Mr. Wyld. "There is no voice more compelling than the voice of the citizen, and Members of Congress place enormous value in what their own constituents have to say on crucial public policy matters."
Among the many agenda items discussed:
1. The need for senior appointees to the Department of Transportation, particularly the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who are respectful of the rights and safety concerns of riders.
2. The need for a national program of Motorist Awareness of Motorcycles and a resource injection to assist states in refining and expediting the delivery of rider safety training.
3. The threat of the EPA Choke-hold on street bikes and the impact of regulations on small business, the motorcyclists' culture and motorcyclists' rights.
4. The benefits -- and the challenge -- of fully integrating the motorcycle in national transport policy and ways to meet that challenge.
5. The duty of Washington to act now to end discrimination in health care for motorcyclists.
6. The problems of global harmonization, rider-hostile crash barriers and ways to solve those problems.
Thus far, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Alaska and Washington state have made their views known to Congress. South Dakota and North Carolina willfollow in their footsteps, with other SMROs taking steps now to schedule a
Capitol Hill visit.
Mr. Wyld concluded with a message for motorcyclists nationwide: "Your State Motorcyclists' Rights Organization can make a vast difference in your rights and safety by simply heeding the call to civic duty. Come to Washington. Visit your elected representatives. Ride with the LeadersT -- by calling MRF today (202-546-0983) and make your voice heard in your nation's capitol."
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organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders
Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street
rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates
who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state
motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights
movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search
for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.
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regulation, motorcycling safety education, training, licensing and public
awareness. The MRF provides individual and SMRO member-volunteers with guidance, support and information to protect motorcyclists' rights and
advance motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights
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