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For Immediate Release

May 9, 2018

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases Statement on Road to Zero Report

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) released the following statement in response to a report issued by the Road to Zero Coalition which is managed by the National Safety Council. The report, A Road to Zero: A vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, was released in April and identifies policies and practices to achieve the very notable and worthy objective of attaining zero deaths in the United States in 30 years:

Motorcycling and the safety of riders who engage in this growing mode of transportation remains a key priority of the MRF, its Board of Directors and its network of 220,000 riders across the U.S. In fact, the MRF, either directly or through our member networks, have numerous initiatives geared towards rider safety touching on issues such as motorcycle awareness, rider education and training, impairment, as well as technological advancements for motorcycle and equipment manufacturers. Because the safety of the motorcycle community is so paramount to our organization, we commend the objective behind Road to Zero. As such, we have been present and an active participant in almost every Road to Zero Coalition meeting since the unveiling of the program in 2016. During these workshops we’ve offered the motorcyclist’s perspective on key issues areas, making recommendations and playing a proactive role in the dialogue.

Therefore, it is discouraging that the recently issued report reflects none of this input, instead emphasizing only one countermeasure in which to mitigate motorcycle fatalities. Consequently, the report fails to mention the presence and participation of our organization as well as other key motorcycle organizations, which collectively represent over half-a-million motorcyclists in the United States.

Within the report, the assessment on motorcycle fatalities again and again points to helmet laws as a proven countermeasure. However, there is the notable absence of mention of proactive measures, which prevent a collision from occurring at all. Reactive steps may or may not offer some level of injury mitigation only after a crash has already taken place. If the goal is to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2050, there should be an emphasis on crash prevention and not simply safer crashing. These potential steps can manifest in a variety of ways including initiatives on rider education and training for new and returning riders, motorcycle awareness education for other roadway users and a variety of others. In reviewing the report, the only proactive measures mentioned in regard to motorcycle fatalities are automatic emergency braking, self-balancing control mechanisms for motorcycles and a connected vehicle system. However, each of these presents its own set of concerns; a motorcycle coming to a halt could result in throwing an unprepared rider, the self-balancing technology is not yet available and there are numerous studies which indicate that motorcycles are not consistently identified by lane assist, collision warning, and emergency breaking systems as a part of a connected roadway system. While these are certainly areas that should be reviewed, discussed and improved, they are not yet tangible solutions and there is uncertainty that they may even come to fruition by 2050.

Instead, the MRF, despite not being recognized in the report, have communicated, collaborated and participated in the various meetings and workshops that have taken place over the last two years, highlighting and advocating for tangible and practical initiatives that can be deployed immediately to include proactive countermeasures to reduce or eliminate motorcycle fatalities.

The absence of any acknowledgement of these ideas and lack of recognition of participating motorcycle organizations that represent our nation’s riders have unfortunately contributed to a flawed report that is neither practical nor inclusive when it comes to motorcycle safety. If the objective of Road to Zero is to truly achieve zero roadway deaths by 2050, we encourage leadership behind the program to be inclusive of input and ideas from all roadway users and to consider discussing practical proactive measures for motorcyclists.


Invite your Senators and Congressmen

to visit the Virtual Reality Riding Experience.

In recognition of Motorcycle Awareness Month, the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus is hosting a Virtual Reality Riding Experience to coincide with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Fly-In on May 15. The VR experience lasts about 3 minutes and will allow participants to experience different riding scenarios such as group riding, lane filtering and night riding. Help spread the word and send your Member of Congress an invitation to attend!

Even if you are not attending Bikers Inside the Beltway, you should encourage your Senators and Congressmen to come! This is positive exposure for all motorcyclists and sends a positive message as the riding season gets underway.

Please consider sending the invitation by clicking on the link below and asking your friends to do the same!

Send an Invite Here!

RIDE FREE-

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


For Immediate Release

April 6, 2018

Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard
Recipient of Coveted Sturgis Freedom Fighter Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame recently issued an announcement confirming the incoming class of the 2018 Hall of Fame-ers. Each year, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle community.  This year’s class is noteworthy and diverse featuring artisans and craftsmen, philanthropic organizations and several women; all who have made an impact in the world of motorcycling. However, this year, a special award category, designated as The Freedom Fighter Award, was identified. The recipient for 2018 is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard.

Hardtail, as he is known in the motorcycle rights world, is spoken upon with the highest regard from riders representing all walks of life. From the aftermarket industry and original equipment manufacturers to the motorcycle clubs and state motorcycle rights’ organizations, he is known as a force to be reckoned with. Logging thousands upon thousands of miles on his motorcycles, his objectives have always stayed pure; to promote and preserve motorcycle riders’ freedoms and lifestyle. He has done just this not only locally in his home state of Wisconsin, but nationally and internationally through his work with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

A Lengthy List of Accomplishments

His name is synonymous with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation; an organization of motorcycle rights activists directly responsible for the historic repeal of the federal government funding incentive for states to require a helmet to ride a motorcycle. Though Hardtail himself worked to steer the MRF and its supporters in their efforts to ban National Highway Traffic Safety Administration employees to lobby state governments to implement universal protective gear laws.  He worked tirelessly throughout the years, refuting EPA’s “Color and Chrome” initiative which would only allow riders to make cosmetic changes to their bikes, but would affect their performance through emission control devices. Prior to his taking over as Chairman of the MRF Board of Directors, he helped voice support to establish (and eventually expand) the only national lobby and advocacy day for bikers in the nation’s Capital.

Known as “Bikers Inside the Beltway” Hardtail helped to augment this yearly gathering into a highly anticipated powerhouse of an event, attracting hundreds of bikers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected officials. In recent years, the event has expanded, bringing rider education and training tools directly to the Capitol for lawmakers and staff to experience as well as plans to collaborate with the House Motorcycle Caucus this year in an event to recognize May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

In more recent years, Hardtail’s leadership and work on the federal highway transportation bill lead to provisions which ended all federal funding of motorcycle only checkpoints which had been used as a way to target those who ride under the guise of “compliance checks.” He was also one of the catalysts in resurrecting the Motorcyclist Advisory Council – a group of riders with a direct connection to the nation’s top highway safety professionals to advise them on issues of importance to motorcyclists. And under his direction in 2017, bipartisan and bicameral legislation was introduced, recognizing and condemning instances of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging states to take action.

Accolades Across Aisles

Those who know him often compare his leadership style to that of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mantra – to walk softly and carry a big stick. His tireless and relentless commitment to the motorcycle community has made an impression on his friends and colleagues including Dave Dwyer, who is a former Board Member of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and active member of ABATE of Wisconsin; “I have traveled the country with Hardtail and I feel that there is nobody in the United States more deserving of inclusion in Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame than Kirk “Hardtail” Willard.”

And in  Willard’s home state, the Executive Director of ABATE of Wisconsin Dave Charlebois said, "Not only has Hardtail given a significant amount of time and effort to the motorcycle rights movement at the local, state, and national levels, he has inspired and mentored leaders for decades and has selflessly ensured we remain strong and vigilant. I can think of no one more deserving of inclusion to the Sturgis Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame."

Even those not directly involved in the motorcycle rights world were aware of his affect on the motorcycle community. Former Member of Congress Reid Ribble, who represented the 8th district of Wisconsin from 2011-2016 said, “No one could be surprised by the news that “Hardtail” has been selected for the Sturgis Freedom Fighter Award. He regularly visited me while I served in Congress and was among the most effective advocates for the motorcycling community that I ever worked with. He is a true champion of riders everywhere and this recognition is well deserved!”

Mr. Willard will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 78th Sturgis Rally set for August 3-12, 2018. A breakfast and ceremony in honor of the inductees will take place at 9am on Wednesday, August 9. Tickets are available online at https://www.sturgismuseum.com/Hall-of-Fame-Banquet-Tickets or interested parties can be invited to sit at a table purchased by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and ABATE of Wisconsin in honor of Willard’s induction.


For Immediate Release

March 20, 2018

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases Statement on Fatality
Involving Self-Driving Car

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation released the following statement regarding the incident in Arizona where a woman was struck and killed by an Uber SUV that was in autonomous mode:

 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation was disturbed and disheartened to hear the news of the tragedy in Arizona. It is incidents like these that must make regulators and policymakers ensure that before automated vehicles are ubiquitous on our nation’s highways, a strong federal law must contain protections for all roadway users including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.  Though we continue to remain optimistic that fully autonomous vehicles can help to reduce human errors that cause 94% of crashes, we continue to insist that the technology must be highly regulated and fully vetted with certifiable safety testing and evaluation.

 

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For interviews, contact:
Megan Ekstrom, Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
202-725-5471
Megan@MRF.org


March 13, 2018

Bikers Inside the Beltway is around the corner!

You probably don’t know me.  However, here I am, maybe a total stranger, getting ready to ask you for money.

Wait!  Before you discard this request, know this – we may not know each other and we may not have a lot in common, but we do have at least two things that we value… Our past and our futures are woven together with the love of motorcycles and our love of freedom.

Motorcycling and freedom are under assault. The Road to Zero is a Department of Transportation public relations effort to bring highway fatalities to zero in the next 20 years. Great goal!!  However, in the DOT’s infinite wisdom, motorcycles have not been included in the plan. And, there are over 8.4 million registered motorcycles in the U.S.!

Add that omission to the fact that the MRF must repeatedly insist that the manufactures of driverless vehicles include motorcycle recognition algorithms as standard equipment– before they are made available to the public!

The threats against motorcycling and the freedoms that motorcyclists enjoy are under attack. 

The bureaucrats and politicians attacking motorcycling are not as obvious about it as they were 30 years ago. There are no blatant attempts by legislators to write laws that would outlaw sport bikes, or brand motorcycle clubs as criminal gangs, or blacklist certain motorcycles from insurance coverage.  No, this new bunch is a lot more sophisticated than the bunch we had to deal in the ’70s and ‘80s.  They’re putting motorcyclists on ignore and forgetting us.

Ten years ago, one motorcyclist was responsible for organizing the first Bikers Inside the Beltway. That direct lobbying effort was started so that motorcyclists could remind members of Congress in their offices that we will no longer be ignored and forgotten.

On May 15th, the legacy of Michael “Boz” Kerr will continue when your MRF leads Bikers inside the Beltway to the Capitol steps and over 100 motorcyclists meet with their members of Congress. We would like you to join us on that ride as we take our message directly to our friends and our adversaries. I understand if you may not be able to fit this ride into your schedule.  However, your support of Bikers inside the Beltway is just as important.

The ancillary costs for executing this event including printing, permits, and related expenses total over $4,000.  Since January, with the contributions from freedom loving motorcyclists, we have raised nearly $2,000 toward the goal of supporting Bikers Inside the Beltway without tapping into the MRF treasury.

I believe that you value your motorcycle and your freedom as much as I value mine.  Your contribution of $10, $20, $50, or $100 will help your MRF bring the voice of motorcyclists to members of Congress. With the leave-behind handouts that your contribution helps purchase, members of Congress and their staff will be reminded that the MRF is not going to be ignored or forgotten.

I greatly appreciate your support and the support that you give to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.  The efforts to promote and protect the rights of motorcyclists could not be done without members such as yourself. 

Yours in Freedom,

 

Fred Harrell

MRF Director, Conferences & Events

 

P.S. Rooms at the Best Western and Governor’s House Inn are still available.  However, this year’s Bikers Inside the Beltway may be better attended than last year’s record setting attendance.  The event is free, but you must make reservations now.

P.P.S. Still too busy to make the trip?  Go to www.mrf.org and support our efforts to raise $4,000 with your $10, $20, $50, or $100 contribution to offset the printing and administrative costs of sponsoring Bikers Inside the Beltway.

 

 

Thank you and I hope to see you in Washington!

Download the flyer: BITB 2018


For Immediate Release

March 12, 2018

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Responds to NHTSA Document
on Motorcycle Fatalities

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation released its latest iteration of “Fact or Fiction” a document that takes a closer look at a government fact sheet concerning motorcycle injuries and fatalities.

In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a Traffic Safety Facts document specific to motorcycles. The information is extrapolated from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) which is a census of fatal crashes in all 50 States. Though the information in the fact sheet is contained in a larger agency document, motorcycle-specific information is collated into its own publication.

After reviewing and analyzing the document, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) quickly issued a statement and updated its “Fact or Fiction” paper, reacting to the NHTSA publication. Since 2010, the group has made a conscious effort to understand, analyze and provide additional context to government-issued statistics. According to the MRF’s Director of Motorcycle Safety and Vice-President of the Board of Directors Jay Jackson, this effort helps set the record straight and gives the broader motorcycle community a better understanding of where potential concerns may be identified.

The latest iteration of Fact or Fiction drills down on the data itself, raising concerns that the statistics also include mopeds, scooters and off-road bikes and therefore is not necessarily indicative of a factual problem. Further, that data should not be used in any serious discussion on ways to reduce motorcycle traffic fatalities because its bringing in very different classes of motorbikes, some of which are not even used for street riding. Another interesting statement from the publication takes a deeper dive on alcohol impairment and motorcycles. Though NHTSA cites that 25% of motorcyclists were killed in a crash involving alcohol, it does not mention that in passenger vehicles this figure was 28% in comparison. By not including this, it suggests to the reader that impaired driving is unique to motorcycles when in fact, it’s a broader passenger vehicle problem.

When asked for comment, President and Chairman of the Board for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard explained, “We think its important for the public to understand the full context of these kinds of government publications. I view it as a knowledge versus wisdom argument:  knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

The NHTSA publication can be viewed here:

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812492

The MRF’s 2018 Fact or Fiction document can be viewed here along with previous iterations:

https://www.mrf.org/fact-or-fiction/


***Biker Call to Action*** &#8203

If you believe that motorcycle profiling by law enforcement agencies is wrong and should not be tolerated, please use the link below contact your representatives in Congress and ask them to support the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (H.Res.318 and S.Res.154).

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is working with the National Council of Clubs and the Motorcycle Profiling Project to call on our elected officials to end unconstitutional profiling of motorcyclists across our county. If your member of congress has signed on, you can still ask them to lean on their colleagues to support these resolutions.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Tell Congress that pulling over a motorcyclist because of his clothes, cut or bike is discriminatory and needs public attention.

 Take Action ​<------CLICK THERE!

Yours in freedom,

Megan Ekstrom

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


For Immediate Release

February 27, 2017

Bikers Inside the Beltway is Coming…Will You Join Us?

Tired of just sitting around listening to others complain about Congress?  Bikers inside the Beltway isn’t about complaining – it’s DOING by directly lobbying your elected officials and telling them what is important to you as a rider. Don’t be a say-er, be a do-er and register today for the TENTH annual Bikers Inside the Beltway!

Read below to get more information or register directly by visiting us at http://mrf.org/events/

Hotel/Accommodations

The previously advertised block of rooms at the Governor’s House Inn has been filled, however rooms are still available at the host hotel at the non-negotiated room price of $110. We are offering an additional room block at the hotel across the street, The Best Western. Contact Info below:

  • BEST WESTERN (703) 532-9000
  • Governor’s House Inn (703) 532-8900

Schedule of Events

Plan to arrive to the hotel by late afternoon on Monday, May 14. The MRF will host a prep session that evening to go over expectations and provide a deep dive of the issues. Kickstands up early Tuesday morning for the ride into Washington, DC followed by a full day of meetings with legislators and staff. This year we will also be hosting a debrief meeting and reception at the American Legion on Capitol Hill from 4pm-6pm. We’ll have some special guests so don’t miss it!

Attendance

You must register to attend this event! Contact mrfoffice@mrf.org or register directly at http://mrf.org/events/ or call 202-546-0983. Though there is not a cost to attend, you will be expected to make appointments with your lawmakers, attend the prep session and report back on your meetings. Please register by May 1 to ensure space for you or your group.

IMPORTANT: Please MAKE SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS with your elected officials. The MRF can supply you with their office contact information to facilitate this. You can start requesting appointments 4 weeks out from the event. NO DROP BYs this year! It’s not an effective use of your time!

More questions? You know how to reach me….

Megan J. Ekstrom

Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations

Motorcycle Riders Foundation

www.mrf.org


For Immediate Release

February 7, 2018

Let Me Break it Down for You: BIKERS INSIDE THE BELTWAY

Hey, you, yeah, YOU reading this. Are you coming to Bikers Inside the Beltway on May 14 & 15? If not then you can skip this article, but you also should reevaluate your decision making because Bikers Inside the Beltway (aka BITB) is one the MRF’s best events and is a good time for all.

Okay, if you are still reading this and you are confirmed to attend BITB or thinking about attending then you are going to want to absorb the following. Even if you are a long-time attendee – there is some good stuff you need to know. I am going to offer you a roadmap of what to do and how to do it as you prepare for BITB. Play along….

1. Register to attend! WHEN? ASAP!!!!

There’s no cost to you, but you do need to let us know you are coming because we need to make sure we have enough materials/space/etc. You can register at https://mrf.org/events/ or by calling 202-546-0983

2. Book Your Hotel WHEN? By April 15

We have 2 options for you – The Best Western in Falls Church for $125/night OR the Governor’s House Inn at $89/night. They are across the street from each other and a quick ride into the Capitol. Also, we’ll hold our prep session here on Monday night, May 14.

3. SCHEDULE Appointments with your Elected Officials WHEN? Start on April 16!

Okay, guys – this is the most important one. No more “drop bys” which many groups have done in the past. They are nowhere near as effective as scheduling an in-person meeting with the Member of Congress or staffer. Don’t know how to go about doing that? We’ve got you covered, so NO EXCUSES. See more on this below….

  •  Upon registering for the event (see item #1!) we will provide you with a list of contact information for your state’s delegation. It has very useful information like their phone number, email address, and location. USE THIS
  • Email the contact person for the office you want to meet with – don’t know what to say? Don’t worry, the contact information sheet incudes language you can simply COPY & PASTE into an email. Easy peasy.
  • Rather call instead? No problem. Call the phone number listed for the office you want to meet with and say, “I am going to be in Washington, DC on May 15 and would like to schedule a meeting with the Congressman (or Senator) related to motorcycling.” The receptionist will take it from there which may be sending an email (see above) or by connecting you to the SCHEUDLER (that’s basically the secretary) who will either give you a time for a meeting or connect you to the appropriate staff person. If they direct you to a staff meeting you’ll want to say: “If the Congressman (or Senator) is unavailable, I would be willing to meet with the staffer that handles transportation issues.” Then pick a time. Write it down. Carry on.
  • One helpful hint – try to group your meetings in the same building. For SENATORS, that’s going to be Russell, Hart or Dirksen. For REPRESENTATIVES that’s going to be Cannon, Longworth or Rayburn. If you try to group your meetings by building, its going to save you a LOT of walking
  • One more helpful hint – for those of you with large delegations for which you can’t possibly see all in one day, pick those Representatives where a constituent (that’s someone that lives in their district) will be present for the meeting. Still have time to see more folks? Ask me who you think you should make an appointment to see. I can steer you towards the Representatives or Senators where you’re more likely to make headway on the issues.

4.  Find a Way to Get to Washington, D.C.

Fly, train, walk or RIDE – we need you here by Monday, May 14 at 7:00pm. We’ll gather together, go over the issues, provide you with handouts to distribute during your meetings and answer any questions. The early Tuesday morning, we’ll be KSU and headed to the Capitol.

This year we’re also hosting a “debrief” session at the local American Legion just a couple blocks from the Capitol. Starting at 3pm you can drop by, download on your meetings, have a drink and some food courtesy of our BITB sponsors and compare notes and any follow-up that’s necessary.

If you’ve got more questions just drop me a line….

Via email megan@mrf.org

Via landline 202-546-0983

Via text message 202-725-5471

SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON, D.C.!

-Megan Ekstrom,
Vice-President Government Affairs & Public Relations, Motorcycle Riders Foundation


For Immediate Release

January 25, 2018

CALL TO ACTION, National Profiling Survey

Your MRF has been hard at work in Washington, DC shoring up support for bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address motorcycle profiling. H.Res.318 and S.Res.154 are pending before Congress and in need of additional supporters in order to move forward in the legislative process.

Like any credible, national organization we make our case for more supporters with cold, hard facts. To get these facts, we work closely with the Motorcycle Profiling Project who is collecting data to demonstrate where profiling is occurring in the country and if it is on the rise.

To help make sure the data we present to our lawmakers is as accurate as possible, I am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Its completely anonymous and its only 13 questions. YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMPS2018

On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue.

 

RIDE FREE-


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Help the Freedom of Road Riders in Missouri pressure state lawmakers to bring their bill to committee!

SB556 would allow adults the freedom of choice to operate a motorcycle without a helmet provided that he or she has adequate medical insurance coverage. Help tell the Chairman of the Committee and his staff that SB556 deserves a chance to be heard!

​You can contact the Chair of the Commitee and his staffers by clicking on the "TAKE ACTION" link below and following the steps - feel free to share the link and tell your fellow riders to help support the cause!

 Take Action 


Congress Starts Back Up Next Week -

Tell Then What We Need Done in 2018!

Fellow  Motorcyclist Freedom Fighter

2018 has officially kicked off and lawmakers are starting to descend upon Washington, DC. The House and Senate fully kick off their 2nd session on January 9...

Why not have a message waiting for them in their inbox when they get back into town? Let's remind them that there are a number of pressing issues with which riders need help. These early days will be critical for you to have your voice heard. No doubt, Congress will struggle with what to do about policies that affect your right to ride.

Consider taking action by sending your Member of Congress and Senators a Welcome Back message outlining the motorcycle community's legislative agenda. Now is the time to have your voice heard!

To be automatically matched with your elected official where a pre-drafted letter awaits your signature, click on the link below:

 Send a Letter 


MRF Year End Report

If you haven't received it yet, I wanted to pass along the first ever MRF year-end report. It's a nice little package where you will find highlights of what the Motorcycle Riders Foundation did in Washington, DC on behalf of riders across the U.S.

If you are already a member of the MRF, I want to thank you for helping us to achieve all we did this year. If you're not a member, I'd like to make a personal plea ask you to become a member of the MRF. $30 a year is all it costs.

Help us stay vigilant in Washington, DC in 2018 by joining the MRF. You'll receive regular policy updates throughout the year from the biker's perspective and you'll be the first to get legislative alerts that affect your right to ride. You'll also get reduced rates at any of the MRF events and even receive discounted fees and subscriptions to critical biker resources. Last but not least, your $30/year also gets you a $4,000 AD&D insurance policy.

For now, take the time to skim our year-end report by clicking on the link below:

http://mrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/115th-Congress_2017-Year-End-Report.pdf

And if you like what you read, support us by becoming a member today:

http://mrf.org/join-the-mrf/

Merry Christmas to all of our rider friends and a very Happy New Year!

 

Megan J. Ekstrom

Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations

Motorcycle Riders Foundation

2221 S. Clark Street, 11th Floor

Arlington, VA 22202

Phone:  (202) 725-5471

www.mrf.org


 

In 2015, Congress re-established the Motorcyclist Advisory Council in the Highway Bill to advise the Federal Highway Administration on "issues of concern to motorcyclists." This important group would serve as the ONLY official forum on a national scale for motorcyclists to have an open dialogue with the Government. And yet, all but one individual selected was there to represent the technical aspects of the Council, including engineering, construction and traffic safety systems as well as roadway data. Only one seat out of ten was designated for a national motorcycle riders' association to alone speak to the riding experiences and concerns of more than 8.5 million motorcyclists in the U.S.

This is unacceptable, we must petition the government to add motorcyclists to the Council!

​Together, let's spread the word: #LetRidersSpeak

Sign the Petition NOW


Does NHTSA Think Animals' Lives are More

Important Than Riders?

Tell the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that biker lives matter....and are MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANIMALS! Last month, NHTSA released a document concerning safety policies for self-driving cars. Not only were motorcyclists not even mentioned in the 36-page document, there was a section that urged automakers to account for detection of pedestrians, bicyclists and animals! And yet, motorcyclists weren't even mentioned.

Tell NHTSA what you think by filing comments with the agency on this critical issue. A pre-drafted letter awaits your signature:

Take Action (http://cqrcengage.com/mrf/app/take-action?engagementId=412574&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxUU4LlsJbA-phsKr63k0kmnsjJ467GvSOJLMsb9BsyBI-HEw7A_wuXFFNGXO2xtW3KSlD80QpPyBsfTEOGhY7AMmIgzYoMtdFW-tSQpgHoTQ&lp=0)


Please Join the MRF Today!


Now's Your Chance to Tell the EPA

About Your Concerns Over Ethanol

Comments Due August 31!

In the last several years, we have seen increasingly higher blends of ethanol like E10 and E15 showing up at the pump. However, these higher blends, specifically E15, have not been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. Studies have shown the potential of clogged in-tank pumps and filters as well as potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors.

As a result, the EPA banned the use of E15 and higher blends of ethanol in small engines, effectively making its use illegal in a number of instances. In turn, many of the manufacturers of smaller engine vehicles and equipment started including statements that warranties would be voided if E15 was used.

Last month, the EPA actually proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels, like ethanol, used in the U.S. marketplace.

While this activity is encouraging, the proposed volumes are still extremely high - sitting at levels that our motorcycles cannot handle.

We need your help - Comment on the EPA proposal to let them know while it's a start, it's not good enough!

Comment on the Proposal! (http://cqrcengage.com/mrf/app/take-action?engagementId=384013&ep=AAAAC2Flc0NpcGhlcjAxIMmS15y9p7B_WgtmTBCOzwTV7Go0LU1yq8tuyq80QTdsukTBoCvDzJWJz66Bo0UvA-6X74GWay6iFlIwthDBsi9t6GSmLNAAjMuUG8YBZng&lp=0

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