02NR16 - MRF Promotes More Safety and More Motorcycling at Congressional Hearing

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax)
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)
http://www.mrf.org (website)

Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
July 25, 2002
#02-NR-16 - Motorcycle Riders Foundation Promotes More Safety and More Motorcycling at Congressional Hearing

Washington, D.C. - In testimony before a key Congressional Committee today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation promoted its plan to increase motorcycling in America while enhancing the safety of riders and all road users. Dubbed "Motorcycles Rev the Future," the MRF plan centers on boosting motorcycle rider skill training, motorist awareness of motorcyclists and other road users, and better integration of the motorcycle in transport planning.

Tom Wyld, MRF Vice President for Government Relations, presented an overview of "Motorcycles Rev the Future" to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit chaired by U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), an MRF Champion of Motorcyclists' Rights & Safety. Also testifying on behalf of motorcyclists was Ed Moreland of the American Motorcyclist Association.

MRF emphasized that motorcycles help solve the nation's most pressing surface transportation challenges: fuel consumption and traffic congestion. "Motorcycles slash traffic congestion," Wyld said. "Carrying one person to and from work to the auto's 1.1 persons, motorcyclists complete urban commutes in a fraction of the time of other motorists while imposing 51 times less road wear. Motorcycles also cut fuel consumption. If just ten percent of the 1.5 trillion annual car miles were traveled instead by motorcycle, America would save over 4.1 billion gallons of fuel - enough fuel to power every freight train in the nation for a year, with enough left over to send over 100,000 tractor-trailers around the world."

"Motorcycles Rev the Future" is a four-part legislative initiative to advance motorcycling as part of the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the Twenty-First Century (TEA-21). This reauthorization (TEA-03) will be the highest priority transportation issue for the 108th Congress, which convenes in January 2003. The MRF's testimony today before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee is a key step in this long-term effort.

MRF's Wyld emphasized "the jewel in the crown" of the MRF agenda - motorcycle safety. "Throughout the 1990s, rider training was a problem getting worse, with waiting periods for training a year and longer. Since the September 11 attack on America, rider training is in crisis with state budgets for the program being sharply reduced or even eliminated. 'Motorcycles Rev the Future' gives states a modest, but sufficient, incentive to restore these crucial programs to prevent accidents, thwart injuries and save lives."

Other safety initiatives of "Motorcycles Rev the Future" include the establishment of a "Motorcyclist Advisory Council" at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Comprised of experts like a representative of the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA), the Council will help FHWA solve a host of problems, especially crash barriers and road maintenance practices that are hazardous to motorcycles.

- 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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