January 6, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus
Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2009 – U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) officially joined the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus in December 2009. He joins a bipartisan group of Members of Congress including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.
Forbes commented, “While motorcycling is fun recreation and affordable transportation, it is important to remain focused on safety. The Motorcycle Safety Caucus encourages motorcyclists to get trained and licensed, obey traffic laws, avoid mixing riding with alcohol and wear proper, motorcycle-specific safety gear, but it doesn’t stop with riders. The Caucus serves to also remind other motorists that motorcyclists use the roads as well, and to remember to look for motorcycles particularly when turning or changing lanes.”
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.
January 22, 2009 by Hersey · 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.
July 8, 2008 by Hersey · 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.
WASILLA — Professionals commuting to work with helmet hair and a change of clothes stashed in studded saddlebags, orthopedic surgeons and Wal-Mart freight workers, stay-at-home moms and ladies with leathers over their work clothes — all of them mark a new breed of driver taking to the open roads of Southcentral this spring.
They’re all motorcycle riders motivated by record gas prices to switch to two-wheeled transportation.
May 29, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on July 16, 2008 Ride to Work Day – Mark Your Calendars!
This year’s seventeenth annual motorcycle and scooter commuting demonstration will increase the number of riders on the road, according to Ride to Work, a non-profit advocacy organization. “Riding to work on this day shows the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. For many people, riding is an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits,” states Andy Goldfine, the event organizer. Motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts and rider organizations worldwide encourage their members to ride to work on this day. Read more