03-15-2001

01NR09 - RIDE WITH THE LEADERS™ TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL Week #3

Motorcycle Riders from South Dakota Advance Pro-Freedom, Pro-Safety Agenda; BEAST of the EAST Prompts Even Greater Activism

Washington, DC … March 13, 2001 -- In partnership with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, ABATE of South Dakota joined the national push for motorcyclists’ rights and safety by visiting their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., last week. In addition, a major MRF regional seminar this weekend prompted members of 10 State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (SMROs) to work toward visits to the Nation’s Capitol.

Visiting the offices of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, Senator Tim Johnson and Congressman John Thune, South Dakotans John Steele and Ken Feist briefed members and their staffs on the joint MRF-SMRO agenda for the 107th Congress and our collective hopes for a new federal direction that favors motorcyclists’ rights and safety under the Bush Administration.

“This brings the total to 10 U.S. Senators and 27 Congressmen who have been reached by the joint MRF-SMRO team with a pro-freedom, pro-safety message,” said Thomas C. Wyld, MRF vice president for government relations. “And more motorcyclists are in-bound.”

Foremost on the South Dakotans’ agenda: countering the threat of EPA restrictive regulations on motorcycles and motorcyclists and upending the blatant discrimination against motorcyclists embodied in “non-discrimination” regulations of a 1996 health care law. Other top priorities tackled by the South Dakota team: advancing safety and freedom through policy and people – policy that integrates motorcycles in national transport planning and people, particularly motorcycle-friendly people, who are needed in key positions within the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rider activism bubbled and boiled throughout the weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, where MRF members representing 10 SMROs attended BEAST of the EAST, MRF’s premier East Coast leadership summit. Hosted by the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association under the leadership of Jeff Barone, Charlie Sivo, Lou Petrucci and Kim Bond, this year’s BEAST equipped riders with the power tools of effective grassroots might, from effective public relations to winning lobbying strategies. United Bikers of Maine, the New Hampshire Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization, ABATE of Massachusetts, the Modified Motorcycle Association of Massachusetts, Freedom of the Road of Vermont, ABATE of New York, Connecticut Motorcyclists’ Rights Association, ABATE of Virginia, ABATE of Colorado and MRF’s gracious host for this year’s BEAST, the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association, are all energized for the struggle ahead and have started to plan their own visits to Washington, D.C.

“At BEAST of the EAST, we not only provided top-flight training, but also witnessed renewed unity and commitment, particularly surrounding the EPA threat,” observed MRF President Tom Pauley of Missouri. “This energy makes us absolutely certain that our position on EPA was right from day one. Not since the repeal of federal sanctions against states without mandatory helmet laws has a single federal issue generated so much concern, activism and fervor in the motorcycling community.

“If you are a motorcyclist concerned about your rights and safety, contact your State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization. Join them. And urge that they make the winning difference by planning a trip to Washington. Ride with the Leaders ™ -- by calling MRF today (202-546-0983) and make your voice heard.”

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The first motorcyclists’ rights organization to establish a full-time 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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For further information contact Tom Wyld at 202-546-0983 or by e-mail at wyld@mrf.org

© All information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is a membership based national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington D.C. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, licensing and public awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information to protect motorcyclists' rights and motorcycling. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists' rights activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS. Voice: 202-546-0983, Fax: 202-546-0986, E-Mail: wyld@mrf.org, website: http://www.mrf.org
- MRF: My Ride is Freedom -

The first motorcyclists' rights 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.

© All information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, incorporated in 1987, is an independent, membership-based national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington D.C. which operates in co-partnership with State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations nationwide. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and 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 activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.

Voice: 202-546-0983, Fax: 202-546-0986, E-Mail: wyld@mrf.org, website: http://www.mrf.org


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