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08NR13 – MRF News Release – MRF to meet with RNC Leadership

August 8, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR13 – MRF News Release – MRF to meet with RNC Leadership 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) would like to announce that the leadership of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has agreed to meet with them. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 11, 2008 at the headquarters of the RNC in Washington DC. Representing the MRF will be
Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations; Dave Dwyer, Sustaining State Motorcyclists Rights Organization Representative; and Michael Kerr, Vice President of the MRF.

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08NR12 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update

July 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR12 – MRF News Release – HIPAA Update 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that language similar to the HIPAA loophole-fix language contained in HR 1076 may be offered by the bill’s sponsor to a piece of legislation being worked on by the US House Energy and Commerce committee, as previously reported by the MRF.

While we are not privy to private negotiations between committee leadership and the bill’s sponsor, we are cautiously optimistic that language that would be of benefit to motorcyclists would be included.

The MRF has been aggressively lobbying committee members and staff to encourage this.

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Southside/Tidewater ABATE Chapter Information Meeting

July 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Southside/Tidewater ABATE Chapter Information Meeting 

ABATE Chapter information meeting August 21, 2008 for those interested in starting / joining an ABATE chapter on the southside of the Tidewater area.

We will be meeting at the Golden Corral at 101 Volvo Pkwy, at intersection of Volvo and Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake. Meeting will start right after the TAMA meeting that begins at 7 PM, so we should begin sometime between 7:30 and 7:45.

We have a chapter in Williamsburg and another one that meets right across the river in Hampton.  The southside riders could get together and help support responsible motorcycle legislation,  promote riding in SE Virginia and maybe help save other riders’ lives…


08NR11 – MRF News Release – US House Holds Highway Safety Hearing

July 17, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing Wednesday July 16th regarding the status of all of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highway safety programs including motorcycle safety and the importance of federal funding in supporting safety education across the country. The hearing also focused on van and tire safety, impaired
driving, and strategic safety plans amongst others. Testifying on behalf of the MRF was Senator Robert Letourneau. Others who testified included NHTSA official Jim Ports, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), AAA, and MADD.

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08NR10 – MRF News Release – Senator Letourneau To Represent MRF at Congressional Hearing

July 14, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR10 – MRF News Release – Senator Letourneau To Represent MRF at Congressional Hearing 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that a hearing will be held by the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. It will be conducted in the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon – who is a good friend of motorcyclists – chairs that sub-committee. The tile of the hearing is, “Improving Highway Safety Assessing the Effectiveness of NHTSA’s Highway Safety Programs.” At issue will be the rising number of motorcycle fatalities.  The hearing will be held at 10AM on July 16th in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.

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08LR16 – MRF Leaders Report- July

July 6, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR16 – MRF Leaders Report- July 

Mary Peters Offers Motorcycle Community an Apology:

A Motorcycle Riders Foundation representative attended a July 1 meeting with United States Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, in her office, to discuss among other issues, the 2010 funds.

Earlier this year, Peters sent proposed legislation to Capitol Hill that would allow the 2010 funds to be used by states to promote helmet use (not law). This is in addition to the other two areas where the funds are already allotted now; rider education and motorist awareness programs. Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Motorcycle Industry Council.

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08LR15 – MRF Leaders Report- June

June 26, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR15 – MRF Leaders Report- June 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that a new web-based survey for motorcyclists has been launched by the Federal Highway Administration’s Motorcycle Advisory Council (FHWA-MAC). The members of the FHWA MAC recently created the 2008 Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey. The purpose of the survey is to help state and federal highway administrators better understand and plan for the needs of motorcycle riders. All riders are encouraged to take the survey before the deadline of August 1st 2008. The idea is to launch the survey during riding season
when riders are most aware of current conditions and can more accurately respond to the survey.

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Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey

June 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey 

The members of the Motorcyclists Advisory Council (MAC) have developed a survey to help collect meaningful data with regard to the motorcycling public perceptions of roadway design, construction, maintenance and signage.

All Motorcyclists – Please click here to participate in the survey.

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