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Motorcycle gang charged in mob beating

January 30, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Investigators on Wednesday morning arrested three suspected members of an alleged violent motorcycle gang, “The Renegades.”

Sgt. Danny Buie with Suffolk Police said his department, working with investigators in Chesapeake and North Carolina, discovered the motorcyle gang while investigating the alleged mob beating of a tattoo artist in Suffolk.

“It was an educational experience for me today,” said Sgt. Buie.

Sgt. Danny Buie said investigators with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies seized a room full of evidence from Renegade hangouts in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Hertford Co. North Carolina.

Police say the gang’s clubhouse is in Elizabeth City.

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Call to Action HB1870 – Motorcycles/Two Abreast

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

HB1870 (allows two to be operated abreast in single lane) made it out of the Transportation Committee this morning 11 to 9. Now is the time to start writing our delegates and asking that they support this bill when it comes up for a vote on the House floor, probably early next week. Below is some information about the bill, and some talking points you may want to use in your correspondence:

HB1808 (Patron – Delegate Bill Janis) – Allows motorcyclists to ride two abreast in a single traffic lane. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+sum+HB1870

Talking Points:
– Riding two abreast is allowed in 48 states
– Two motorcycles abreast in a traffic lane aids in making the motorcycles more visible to other traffic
– Allows better comunication between riders
– There has never been a study, or statistics kept to show this is a dangerous practice
– This would not require this type of riding, it would simply allow it, and motorcyclists would be able to decide for themselves if, when, and with whom they would engage in this practice.

Please email as many Delegates as possible, but at the very least, email YOUR Delegate.

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Updated Flyer – Biker Appreciation Day – May 9, 2009

January 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Originally posted here Motorcycles for the Cure – Biker Appreciation Day – May 9, 2009

Here is an updated flyer for the event.

Biker Babe of the Week

January 26, 2009 by · Comments Off on Biker Babe of the Week 

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Economy slows traffic on Blue Ridge Parkway

January 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

As the economy decelerated and gas prices soared, annual visitation to the Blue Ridge Parkway dropped by more than a million motorists in 2008.

The 469-mile scenic highway drew 18.25 million visitors last year, down from 19.29 million in 2007, according to statistics from the National Park Service.

The 2008 visitation was the lowest in the past eight years and the first time below 19 million during that span.

Parkway officials have not traced a cause for the decrease in visitors, and Scott Bell, the Park Service official who tallies visits, declined to speculate.

Campgrounds along the parkway’s first 106 miles — which includes Bedford, Amherst and Nelson counties — saw fewer out-of-state visitors last year than normal, said Randy Sutton, an interpretive ranger for the parkway’s Ridge District.

Bikers along the East Coast usually flock to the ridge-top road, he said, but 2008 saw less motorcycle traffic, leading to a reduction in accidents.

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09LR02 – MRF Leaders Report – January 2009

January 22, 2009 by · Comments Off on 09LR02 – MRF Leaders Report – January 2009 

MRF ASKS FOR SUPPORT OF RAY LAHOOD

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to encourage its members, the motorcycling community and all concerned Americans to join us in support of Ray LaHood, the designated nominee for Secretary of Transportation.  We ask that you join us in our efforts of supporting this nomination by calling your own United States Senator and ask them to vote YES to confirm the nomination of Mr. LaHood.

Ray LaHood served in the Congress from 1995 until 2008 as the representative from the 18th District of Illinois.  His record on motorcycle issues during his tenure was outstanding.  ABATE of Illinois considered him to be one of their best friends and allies in Congress.  He has even been named a MRF Champion of Motorcycle Rights & Safety in the past.

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Biker Friendly B and B west of Staunton

January 22, 2009 by · Comments Off on Biker Friendly B and B west of Staunton 

A VABiker.net visitor sent me a note about a Bed and Breakfast he and his wife own and run just outside of Staunton, VA. Check them out and let them know you heard about them on the VABiker.NET

My wife and I are owners of The Buckhorn Inn west of Staunton and we were wondering if y’all had any listing of bike friendly business. We have a buffet style restaurant on Fri, Sat, and Sun and are a 5 room B&B. Our website is www.thebuckhorninn.com.
Garlan Yoder

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Virginia: Proposal Eliminates Safety Check on Red Light Cameras

January 20, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Virginia legislative proposal allows cities to use the shortest possible yellow time at red light camera intersections.

A bill introduced last week in the General Assembly quietly seeks to eliminate a significant motorist protection built into Virginia’s existing red light camera law. The proposal of a pair of Democratic state delegates representing Virginia Beach, Joseph F. Bouchard and Robert W. Mathieson, would delete just three words from that statute, but the change would have wide-ranging effects. Under current law,
cities that want to install traffic cameras must first submit a detailed engineering justification to state transportation experts.

Original Article Here

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