04-08-2004

04NR19 - MRF To Attend International Conference

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April 8, 2004

#04NR19 - MRF To Attend International Conference

Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, Vice President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), will be attending the 4th International Public Policy Conference (IPPC) hosted by the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA) and Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The conference takes place in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, from April 16-18. The IPPC is held every two years, the last conference being held in Columbus, Ohio in 2002.

The MRF has learned that Tim Buche from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) will be presenting "Rider Education and Training: Program Development" at the IPPC. In addition, Wayne Curtin from Harley-Davidson is scheduled to present "Rider Safety and Education: Harley-Davidson's Rider Training Program."

While the MRF strongly supports American participation at the IPPC, unanswered questions remain at home. Following the MSF Board of Trustees meeting on March 17, the MSF posted a press release on their website indicating that the "MSF will respond to questions that were raised by guest organizations and will solicit input as to how these organizations - AMA, MRF and SMSA - might leverage their respective strengths to further the goals." You can view the MSF's release regarding the developments at this meeting by visiting the "Top Stories" section of their website at http://www.msf-usa.org.

"I consider the March 17 meeting in Irvine to be a positive first step in developing a much needed avenue of communication," said MRF President Karen Bolin, "however I am very disappointed that the MSF has not responded to either the solid proposal offered by the MRF or the legitimate questions posed by SMSA. The MRF proposal meets the MSF's stated goal of 'stakeholder participation.' The SMSA offered questions that reflect concerns shared by both motorcyclists' rights activists and state rider education providers. I would hope that domestic concerns could be addressed prior to presentations in Europe."

You can view both the MRF's proposal to the MSF Board of Trustees and the SMSA's questions on the MRF website at www.mrf.org/msfproposal.php. The MRF will provide a report of the presentations from the IPPC following the conference.

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