03-23-2004

04NR13 - MRF Attends MSF Board Meeting

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Bolin
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March 23, 2004

#04NR13 - MRF Attends MSF Board Meeting

On March 17, representatives of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) attended the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's (MSF) Board of Trustees meeting in Irvine, California. Representing the MRF were Jay Jackson, MRF Director of Motorcycle Safety; Teresa Hepker, MRF Reports Editor; and Karen Bolin, MRF President.

The MRF's formal proposal to the MSF Board of Trustees was the creation of two advisory positions on the MSF Board of Trustees to be held by representatives of the motorcyclists' rights community. The MRF's proposal will be submitted to the MSF in writing, and has the support of both the AMA and SMSA.

During the discussion, the MRF focused on communication & accountability, as well as outlining the commitment of motorcyclists' rights activists and state motorcyclists' rights organizations (SMROs) to rider education. The MRF strongly urged the MSF to communicate with SMROs regarding their legislative agendas on both the state and national levels. The MSF indicated their willingness to respond to all of the concerns discussed at the meeting.

"I am pleased that the MSF Board of Trustees extended the invitation to the MRF, AMA and SMSA to attend their meeting," said Bolin. "I am hopeful that our proposal for an avenue of direct communication will be given serious consideration and adopted. Rider education has a long history as a priority issue for motorcyclists' rights activists, and the MRF proposal fits with the MSF's stated mission of involving stakeholders. The March 17 meeting also presented a solid commitment of the MRF's, AMA's and SMSA's intent to remain actively involved in the future of rider education."

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