MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle
236 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4980
For Immediate Release
10 June 2009
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President
of Government Relations
Email: jeff at mrf.org
RIDE TO WORK DAY
Next Wednesday, June 15, is national
Ride to Work Day. This marks the
18th national Ride to Work Day. Ride to Work Day is a Minnesota-based
non-profit organization whose mission statement is "advocating and
supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and
providing information about everyday utility riding to the public." We at
the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) support this group and encourage
everyone to participate, at the same time wondering, shouldn't every day
be ride to work day? Learn more at http://www.ridetowork.org/
CPSC COMMISSIONER NOMINATION
President Obama nominated a new head
of the Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) and announced that he will expand the body's membership
from three to five later this summer.
Obama's nomination of Inez Moore
Tenenbaum was met with praise from
lawmakers who have sought the removal of acting CPSC Chairwoman Nancy
Nord. Tenenbaum is a former South Carolina state school superintendent
and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the Senate in 2004. The
National Association of Manufacturers also praised the pick and urged
Under Chairwoman Nord’s direction,
the CPSC voted to not overturn a ban on
youth ATVs and motorcycles for exceeding a new lead content law.
NHTSA NOMINEE WITHDRAWS
The White House confirmed that Charles
Hurley, executive director of the
Texas-based advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), withdrew
himself from consideration for the top vehicle safety post at the National
Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but declined to elaborate
on why, or say who the administration would nominate in his place. Mr.
Obama nominated Mr. Hurley in April, but the Senate had not moved to
Hurley was seen as controversial
due his ties to MADD and his soft stance
on environmental issues such as fuel economy. The MRF opposed the
nomination from day one. No word yet if that was a factor in Hurley's
PEDESTRIAN DETECTION TECHNOLOGY
Sensors, cameras, radar, lasers,
detection technology, motion sensors . .
. no this isn't about spaceflight. This is all new technology that will
be more and more prevalent in newer autos each year. The whopper for this
year is the new Volvo S60.
The S60 is over the top, even for
the Swedes. The car will be the first
to employ what is being called "Full Autobrake and Pedestrian Detection."
Through a complex mixture of radar, cameras and software the car will
"see" people in the crosswalk or to the rear of the vehicle even if the
driver does not and bring itself to an immediate stop.
According to a spokesperson at Volvo
in response to some questions asked
by the MRF the S60 will detect motorcycles moving or stationary. Volvo
said, "The system is being designed for vehicles including motorcycles,
stationary or moving in the same direction. This means that the system
will apply the brakes if a motorcycle is detected and it is determined
that the driver of the car is not acting to avoid the accident."
While that may be true in the lab,
one cannot help being skeptical in a
real world application. This technology may work, but what happens when
an entire generation learns to drive with this technology? We know humans
can be lazy naturally. Encouraging it could prove to be a slippery slope.
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Riders Foundation, incorporated
in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.
The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists'
rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement
among its leading
members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public
awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.