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Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths

July 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Va. aims to cut down on motorcycle deaths 

RICHMOND, Va. – With the number of motorcycle-related deaths sharply on the rise, Virginia officials are looking to improve safety.

The state will launch a program called Motorcycle 411 at its motorcycle training range in Richmond on Tuesday.

The event coincides with national Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.

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Harley museum opens Saturday

July 11, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Milwaukee – Chances are you won’t look at the Harley-Davidson Museum in the same way as entertainer and motorcycle collector Jay Leno.

For one thing, he’s already seen it.

Harley calls the museum – which opens to the public Saturday – a celebration of the company’s history and the passion of its riders. That may be open to interpretation, but we’re here to tell you that inside the 14-foot-high doors there is enough to educate the hard-core rider and entertain someone who has never lifted a leg over the top of a Hog. (The last part is something the uninitiated might not be able to say after leaving the museum, but that’s getting ahead of the story.)

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Motorcycle fundraiser brings the Christian Motorcycle Association to Salem

July 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle fundraiser brings the Christian Motorcycle Association to Salem 

Faith Wesleyan Church on Alleghany Drive held a biker (and antique car and street rod) breakfast and service on June 29 to raise money for the church’s youth group.

They invited the Christian Motorcycle Association and other motor hobbyists over for breakfast and worship, as well as a ride later in the day. Bikers also had the chance to get their motorcycles blessed by Faith Wesleyan’s senior pastor, Reverend Roy Rogers.

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New Virginia Toll Lanes Designed to Create Congestion

July 8, 2008 by · Comments Off on New Virginia Toll Lanes Designed to Create Congestion 

Illegal political contributions helped an Australian firm land a lucrative toll road deal that grants the company unprecedented power over Northern Virginia’s transportation future. Last week, Transurban wrote and asked state lawmakers to return checks that the Melbourne-based toll road operator had written in violation of federal campaign laws. But the deal these contributions helped bring about has already been finalized.

In June, the US Department of Transportation created a first-of-its-kind $1.6 billion financing package that consisted of tax-free bonds, loans and state taxpayer grants to support the project that will add a pair of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes to the Interstate 495 Capital Beltway just outside of Washington, DC. To this amount, Transurban only added $349 million of its own capital — less than the cost of interest — toward the construction of the toll lane.

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Helmets Enforcement for Moped Drivers

July 8, 2008 by · Comments Off on Helmets Enforcement for Moped Drivers 

Waynesboro City Council also addressed the possibility of enforcing that helmets be worn by all moped riders throughout the city. This after a deadly moped crash happened over the weekend.

Police say the rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash on the corner of North Delphine Avenue and Sixth Street.

Councilmember Nancy Dowdy says this fatality proves that city council must take action by moving forward on an ordinance, “I’m afraid that as the fuel crisis gets worse, more people are going to be riding them, and brain injury is a very real result of moped accidents, or scooters, or whatever you want to call them.”

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Chef Motorcycle Riders Raise More Than $40,000 to Fight Childhood Hunger

July 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on Chef Motorcycle Riders Raise More Than $40,000 to Fight Childhood Hunger 

Washington, DC (PRWEB ) July 1, 2008 -– On Tuesday, June 24, more than 70 top chefs and culinary professionals from the Washington, D.C. area and the Mid-Atlantic region traded in their toques for motorcycle helmets for the fifth annual Share Our Strength’s Chefs on Bikes presented by Fortessa, Inc. This 100-mile-plus ride raised more than $40,000 for Share Our Strength, an organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

“With a backdrop of a tough economy – increasing gas, food and utility prices – Chefs on Bikes reminds us that it only takes a few motivated people with a great idea to make a difference in this world,” said Debbie Shore, co-founder of Share Our Strength. “What began five years ago as a handful a chefs enjoying motorcycle rides to the Virginia countryside is now a favorite fundraising event, helping us to end childhood hunger in America.”

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“Move Over” Law Not Being Followed in Virginia

July 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

The law is on the books in 48 states, but 71 percent of Americans are unaware of its existence.

According to law enforcement officers, the need for motorists to be educated about the “move over law” has reached a critical point after four Virginia State Police troopers sustained personal injuries over the past three months from drivers who failed to slow down or change lanes.

Recently on Interstate 81 near Blacksburg when a VSP road officer had to leap into his cruiser and across the driver’s seat in order to avoid being hit by a tractor-trailer. The truck jackknifed after slamming into the trooper’s vehicle.

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Staying safe on your motorcycle

July 2, 2008 by · Comments Off on Staying safe on your motorcycle 

As gas prices rise, so do the sale of motorcycles. Now DMV officials say motorcycle accidents are up more than 40% since 2006. They say a lot of those accidents are because of inexperience, but you do have some simple options that will help you buy a bike…and live to spend the money it can help you save.

They’re beautiful machines but if not driven properly, they can end up in an ugly and terrifying scene.

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