June 23, 2009 by Hersey · Comments Off on Motorcycle fatalities jump 87 percent in Virginia
The Virginia State Police is hoping education and increased awareness will curb a dramatic jump in motorcycle-related fatalities over the past few years.
The commonwealth experienced an 87 percent jump in motorcycle fatalities in 2007, according to the most recent figures from the VSP.
As a result, the VSP launched its “Ride Smart, Arrive Alive” program to help curb the rise in fatalities.
The program consists of three objectives — education, enforcement and roadway management.
May 5, 2009 by Hersey · Comments Off on May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”
As the weather improves, motorcycle riders will be hitting the roads throughout the country. In anticipation of this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to remind motorists to “Share the Road” with motorcycle riders, while motorcycle riders are reminded to follow the rules of the road and wear safety helmets and other protective gear that will increase their visibility. Local organizations are joining with highway safety and law enforcement in proclaiming May 2009 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”
The United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed H. Res. 269, a bill entitled “Supporting the goals of a motorcycle safety month.” The bill is sponsored by Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) who is both co-chair of the US House Motorcycle Safety Caucus and an avid rider. Rep. Giffords is joined by her fellow co-chair of the Motorcycle Safety Caucus, Michael Burgess (R-TX), as an original co-sponsor.
The bill puts the Congress on record as recognizing the contribution motorcycles make to the transportation mix. It encourages all road users to be more aware of motorcycles and motorcyclists’ safety. This is in addition to encouraging all riders to receive appropriate training and practice safe riding skills and supporting the goals of a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
March 26, 2009 by Hersey · Comments Off on 09NR09 – MRF News Release – Bikers Inside the Beltway Date Confirmed
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to announce that the Sergeant-at-Arms of the United States House of Representatives has approved our request to hold an event inside the Capitol complex. The event is planned for the morning and early afternoon of Thursday, May
14th, 2009. By all means, save that date on your calendars and plan to be in Washington, DC.
Bikers Inside the Beltway will take place to educate members of Congress on the importance of motorcycle safety and awareness programs. The MRF will also take the opportunity to reaffirm its position that “2010 funds” (funds appropriated by Congress to support motorcycle rider education and awareness) have had a positive impact and should be preserved.
October 21, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on 08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation for Awareness and Education, Inc. would like to announce that it has received its official tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. This qualifies us as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to RFA&E
are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.
MRFA&E will not be engaging in issue advocacy or lobbying of any kind. We will be providing several valuable services to the Motorcyclists’ Rights Movement however. A room in the Washington DC office of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will now be dedicated to legislative and historical
research. It will be funded by MRFA&E.
July 6, 2008 by Hersey · 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.