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We have published our end-of-season newsletter for October 2017!
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Push for Helmets
|Reprinted with permission from the
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
October 20, 2015
| Right now, the push for motorcycle helmet laws is stronger than ever. It’s bigger than a handful of the usual government agencies pushing for mandatory helmet laws—it is that, of course—but there is another factor at work as well: child safety. It’s a very natural thing, the desire to protect children. Many skate parks, BMX parks, horse rides, go-carting, etc. all now require helmets for youngsters, and we are okay with that. So long as that attitude continues, the likelihood of keeping states helmet-law free gets slimmer.
Agencies and departments all over the country are pushing for helmet laws, and it’s getting nasty. Recently at the State Motorcycle Administrators annual conference the Vice President of Government Relations for the Governors Highway Safety Association, Erik Strickland, touted the benefits of an Obama-backed transportation plan that would have given back to the federal Department of Transportation the ability to lobby state legislatures about implementing helmet laws. Then in the next breath he referred to the language in the transportation bill currently working its way through Congress (and is likely to pass soon). Specifically, he called the language to stiffen the lobby ban so that it would apply to the whole of the federal government, state governments and local governments, “A real pain in the ass.” That bill also contains language that would commission a study to determine the best practices to avoid motorcycle crashes in the first place, thus saving lives instantly. Is that also a “real pain in the ass,” Erik Strickland? That, folks, is your governor’s direct pipeline for ideas for state law.
In a recent publication by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, they had a two-page article about the actions the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken to enforce helmet laws by law enforcement officers. The proposed rule by the safety agency would effectively give law enforcement the ability to pull over and, after a visual inspection, ticket (or worse) any motorcyclist wearing a helmet that the officer felt did not meet the new appropriate standards. Should this rule become final—and that is almost a certainty at this point—any helmet that to a traffic cop appears to be less than one inch in thickness gives that cop the authority to pull you over for further inspection. Of course the Insurance Institute publication just echoed the same un-truths that all of the other safety groups march out. It is interesting and troubling that the agencies that are charged with making things safer—most of whom do not ride motorcycles—don’t care to listen to the very people they are trying to protect. Bureaucracy at its best.
Then to make things stranger, in the Wall Street Journal this week was an article about groups of bicyclists who are opposing mandatory bicycle helmet laws. They say mandatory helmet laws, particularly for adults, make cycling less convenient and seem less safe, thus hindering the larger public-health gains of more people riding bikes. They think that more bicycles on the street will result in a greater degree of visibility in numbers and therefore reduce injuries and fatalities. Cycling advocates are quick to say they’re not anti-helmet. Instead, they’re opposed to helmet laws and their unintended consequences. Sound familiar? Helmet laws make strange bedfellows.
But all is not lost. We need to stay engaged and active. We, the guardians of motorcycling, must do what those before us (and those before them) have done. A fight is brewing and we need to be ready. The forward force to pass mandatory helmet laws is swelling. We need to push back with a tidal wave.
To start that wave, you should email your new best friend, Erik “pain in the ass” Strickland, Vice President of Federal Relations for the Governors Highway Safety Association. You can reach him here: firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a ring at his direct line, 202-789-0942 x180
Tell him the MRF sent you!
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Mayor Sullivan has proclaimed June 20th as Ride To Work Day! Please read the attached proclamation of his directing motorcycles and scooters free public (MOA meters and lots) parking that day!
WHEREAS, scooters and motorcycles use comparatively less fuel, cause less pollution and have little impact on our infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, scooters and motorcycles require only a fraction of space taken by other; and
WHEREAS, the price of fossil fuels is growing and supply is diminishing; and
WHEREAS, the use of fossil fuels continues to damage our health by adding to pollution and risking our future through global warming; and
WHEREAS, our infrastructure repairs fail to keep pace with its degradation; and
WHEREAS, for these reasons, scooters and motorcycles offer a form of daily transportation to be encouraged; and
WHEREAS, June 20, 2011 has been designated as “Ride To Work Day” to highlight the positive daily use of scooters and motorcycles; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dan Sullivan, Mayor of the City of Anchorage, Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2011, to be
“Ride to Work Day”
and to encourage scooter and motorcycle riders to ride to work on that day, and pursuant thereto, do further direct that on June 20, 2011 parking at meters and in publicly owned garages in the City of Anchorage will be free of charge to motorcycles and scooters in recognition of their utilitarian value and to encourage the daily use of those vehicles.
An update for our members. The election results have not been posted to the website as we have not had confirmation from the write in elected members that they will take the positions voted for. As opposed to placing a partial list on the website, the leadership feels it’s better to post the final results once it’s complete.
Please stay tuned and we’ll have more as things develop.
Karl “Two Tone” LeRay