The 2019 Gathering at the Bike Blessing
Downtown Park Strip (The block between L St and I St at W 9th Ave and W 10th Ave)
For over 15 years, on the first Saturday in May, Alaska begins the motorcycle-riding season with the annual event “The Gathering at the Bike Blessing”. A.B.A.T.E. of Alaska Inc., along with volunteers from the motorcycle community, organizes this event in order to raise motorcycle awareness and save lives.
Over 1000 motorcycles normally attend this event annually with over 1,200 motorcycles attending last year in downtown Anchorage. In addition to the motorcycle riders, several thousand other members of their families and the public attended the event focused on reminding everyone that with the Spring break-up in Alaska, everyone will be seeing more motorcycles on the road. The Gathering is also a chance for riders to come together at the beginning of the season, swap stories and make plans for summer rides.
The event itself will occupy the block of the Park strip between L St and I St and W 9th Ave and W 10th Ave. The main stage area will be the walkway in front of the Alaska Veteran’s Memorial. The parking spaces and lanes immediately around the block will be set aside for motorcycle parking, VIP parking, and some vendors as required. There will be 30 to 40 booths representing various motorcycle retailers, clubs, and other non-profit organizations. There will also be food vendors and some family activity events and displays. Each year, we have representatives from the State of Alaska Governor’s office and from the Anchorage Municipality speak and most often, the Governor and the Mayor themselves both attend. The Alaska Vets MC will lead a parade of motorcycles for Rolling Thunder, which circles the event and then will present the colors to honor military veterans who make up more than 60% of the motorcycle community in Alaska.
A.B.A.T.E stands for Alaskan Bikers Advocating Training and Education. In January of 1983, A.B.A.T.E. of Alaska Inc. was founded with the mission to educate and train the motorcyclists in Alaska. As a community, this group is concerned towards establishing motorcycle awareness among people and offers motorcycle-riding classes. Since our motorcycle safety-training program began in 1991, A.B.A.T.E. of Alaska Inc. has trained over 20,000 riders to get their endorsements, learn how to ride safer, and to be more responsible motorcycle operators on Alaska roads and highways. For more information about the event, please email email@example.com or call 907-360-0517.
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A very big Thank You! to the Alaska Vets for hosting the City-Wide Bike Blessing & The Gathering 2019 After Party at their clubhouse. Why stop all the fun?? Come join us for more! Saturday May 4th 4pm till ???
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