03-29-2001

RIDE WITH THE LEADERS ™ … TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL - Week #4

Motorcycle Riders from North Carolina and Wisconsin Lobby for Pro-Safety, Pro-Freedom Agenda

Washington DC … March 27, 2001 -- In partnership with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, CBA/ABATE of North Carolina and ABATE of Wisconsin joined the national push for motorcyclists’ rights and safety by visiting their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., last week. In addition, the
American Motorcyclist Association joined the SMRO-MRF team in talks with the Wisconsin Congressional delegation.

Highlight of the busy week: a private meeting between ABATE of Wisconsin, MRF, AMA and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health & Human Services. Secretary Thompson has been an enthusiastic motorcycle rider and is an MRF Champion of Motorcyclists’ Rights & Safety.

“This brings the total to 14 U.S. Senators and 48 Congressmen who have been reached by their motorcycling constituents with a pro-freedom, pro-safety message,” said Thomas C. Wyld, MRF vice president for government relations. “And more motorcyclists are in-bound.”

Topping the agenda: countering the threat of EPA restrictive regulations on motorcycles and motorcyclists. In addition to working to reverse the discrimination found in regulations on HIPAA, the Wisconsin and North Carolina teams advanced policies that advance motorcyclist safety and
better integrate motorcycles into national transport planning. They also underscored the need for motorcycle-friendly appointments to key positions within the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Visiting the offices of U.S. Senators Jesse Helms and John Edwards and U.S. Representatives Eva Clayton, Bob Etheridge, Walter Jones, David Price, Richard Burr, Howard Coble, Mike McIntyre, Robin Hayes, Sue Myrick, Cass Ballenger, Charles Taylor and Melvin Watt were Cindy Christensen, Mike Hodges, Sherry Hand, Deb Knox and Jocelyn Stumblingbear of CBA/ABATE of North Carolina. ABATE of Wisconsin, led by Ed Williams, Buck Kittredge, Dave Dwyer and Rick Traver visited the offices of U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Russell Feingold as well as U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan, Tammy Baldwin, Ron Kind, Gerald Kleczka, Thomas Barrett, Thomas Petri, David Obey, Mark Green and James Sensenbrenner, Jr.

“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.

MRF: My Ride is Freedom For further information contact Tom Wyld at 202-546-0983 or by e-mail at
wyld@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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