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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission decided in November to divide the communications spectrum block allotted to vehicle safety, bending to demands from cable, telecom and content companies who want to expand their Wi-Fi services. The 5.9 GHz spectrum band had been reserved since 1999 for use by automakers and technology companies to develop dedicated short-range communications to connect vehicles with other vehicles and "smart" infrastructure. Few companies made use of the spectrum, though. Reuters reported that the technology has been offered on just one General Motors Co. vehicle. So the FCC plans to move the upper 30 megahertz from DSRC to a different vehicle-communications technology called Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything. The remaining 45 megahertz will be allocated to wireless use. "The move is not surprising, given the FCC's statements about the spectrum in question," said Mike Sayre, AMA government relations director. "But the AMA, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation think this will ultimately hurt road safety technology."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering changes to its warning labels on service station fuel pumps that will alert motorcyclists, and consumers in general, to the potential dangers of using E15 fuel in some vehicles. The AMA supports stronger warnings, especially for motorcyclists, about the engine and exhaust-system damage that could occur if using fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol. Current federal E15 labels warn of possible engine damage, but do not mention motorcycles specifically. But the ethanol industry has pressured the federal agency to relax the warning, saying the labels discourage the purchase of higher ethanol blends for use in vehicles certified by the EPA to use them.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the development of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems. Automated driving systems hold potential to reduce crashes for motorcyclists. But the AMA is concerned about the ability of driver-assist and autonomous systems to detect nearby motorcycles and react appropriately to their presence. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking was submitted to the Federal Register on Nov. 19 and is available online at tinyurl.com/y6djebk5. "This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The RPM Act (H.R. 5434 and S. 2602) has one more chance to pass both chambers of Congress before the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers must hear from supporters of the RPM Act before they decide which issues will be addressed in the final days of the year. The bipartisan RPM Act would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles remains legal. Street-legal motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the federal Clean Air Act. The AMA supports the bill and its protections for amateur and professional racing enthusiasts. Take action here: cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=509917.
RANDOLPH, N.H. - The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a public meeting for today, Dec. 1, to examine the probable cause, findings and any safety recommendations from its investigation of a 2019 crash that killed seven members of the Jar Heads Motorcycle Club. The other riders were injured in the crash, which occurred when a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer went left of center and struck the riders, who were traveling the opposite direction. The pickup driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 24, of West Springfield, Mass., has been charged with reckless manslaughter, negligent homicide and negligent homicide/DUI, as well as single felony counts of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and reckless conduct. He pleaded not guilty and is being held in protective custody in Coos County Jail in West Stewartstown, N.H. A post-crash compliance report by the Federal Motors Carrier Safety Administration found 25 violations of regulations.
PHOENIX - The U.S. Forest Service Arizona Resource Advisory Council scheduled a public meeting for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Dec. 1 to receive updates on resource management and U.S. Bureau of Land Management projects, among other agenda items. Contact Dolores Garcia, public affairs specialist, (602) 417-9241 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. Find more information at blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/Arizona.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Nick Haris, AMA western states representative, was named to the recently reauthorized El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee, which scheduled its first meeting for Dec. 17. The El Dorado County RAC is a federal advisory committee which was established in 2010 under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act. The purpose of a RAC is to improve collaborative relationships among the people who use and care for national forests and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning funding for conservation projects consistent with Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act. The initial, two-hour orientation meeting will be held virtually at 4 p.m. PT Dec. 17. Those wishing to attend should visit usfs.zoomgov.com/j/16026278780 and use meeting ID 160 2627 8780 or call (669) 900-9128. All RAC meetings are open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The state Department of Natural Resources needs residents to provide feedback about the Minnesota off-highway motorcycle trail system. The DNR worked with AMA District 23/Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association and Up! Outside to devise a survey (surveymonkey.com/r/vzvyxpy), the results of which will be used in the development of a master plan for the state. The master plan will be used to gauge current use and trends, the desires of the riders and current and proposed opportunities. It also will serve as a strategic tool to guide the department's management of this recreation. The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 20.
PARK COUNTY, Mont. - The Gallatin and Southern Montana Resource Advisory committees have scheduled virtual meetings on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. These committees have scheduled virtual meetings on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. These committees serve in an advisory capacity for issues related to land-use planning or the management of the public land resources in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The Southern Montana Resource Advisory Committee meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 8. The Gallatin Resource Advisory Committee meets at 9 a.m. Dec. 9. Contact Lauren Oswald, staff officer, (406) 587-6743 or email@example.com, for more information and virtual meeting call-in information.
ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill (A. 5390B) that would have eliminated the need for autocycle drivers to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's licenses. Current law requires an endorsement and prohibits the taking of an autocycle on a road test. Autocycles, such as the Polaris Slingshot, are three-wheeled vehicles that have steering wheels, side-by-side seating and other features not typically associated with motorcycles.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced its changes to agency policies on ATV trails on state forest land. There has been a moratorium on new trails under the previous policy. The changes, developed to respond to increased demand for riding opportunities, include:
BREA, Calif. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. will restructure its operations in the United States, including reorganizing the Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV and Marine Divisions into two separate companies. The new companies, which begin operation April 1, will focus on their specific industry "to give both new companies the best opportunity to optimize their success," a company release stated. Suzuki Motor USA LLC will be based in Brea, Calif, Suzuki's corporate home in the United States since 1981. Suzuki Marine USA LLC will be based in Tampa, Fla. Satoshi Uchida will serve as chairman, and Masami Haga will serve as president of the new motorcycle/ATV company.
IRVINE, Calif. - Robert Heilbron, lead administrator at Honda Rider Education, has joined the board of trustees of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The MSF is currently at work on expanding online course offerings, exploring opportunities in emerging markets and updating the RiderCourse catalog, as demand for RiderCourses and online information remains strong.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mark Buckner, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and former president of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, has been named MRF executive director. Buckner's priorities will be the corporate strategic plan, membership retention and growth and operational efficiency. Also announced were MRF officers Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, who will serve his ninth term as president and board chairman, and Dave Cazel, who will serve his second term as treasurer. Former treasurer Frank Carbone was ratified as an ex-officio member of the MRF board.
INDIANA, Pa. - The organization formerly called the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators has changed its name to the State Motorcycle Safety Association. The association was organized to assist motorcycle safety programs implement comprehensive, data-driven motorcycle safety programs and countermeasures to achieve a significant reduction in motorcycle operator traffic crashes, fatalities and injuries.
MILWAUKEE - The Harley-Davidson Museum closed its campus Nov. 20 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Museum officials said the facility will remain closed at least until Jan. 3. Check h-dmuseum.com for updates.
MUMBAI, India - Billionaire Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group conglomerate, plans to revive the BSA motorcycle brand, with a goal of beginning to assemble bikes before the end of 2021. BSA was among the world leaders in motorcycle manufacturers in the 1950s, but ceased production in the 1970s after filing for bankruptcy protections. Mahindra received support from the U.K. government, which awarded the BSA Co. a $6.1 million grant to develop electric bikes.
KIRCHBERG, Luxembourg - The European Investment Bank and nine other multilateral development banks signed a joint statement on road safety in November, under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration. The banks called for increased international cooperation and effort to improve road safety. "Millions suffer and succumb to road injuries and deaths every year. This needs to change," said EIB Vice President Lilyana Pavlova, who is responsible for the bank's transportation operations and serves as chair of the Multilateral Development Banks' Road Safety Working Group. "I am convinced that bringing together the reach and impact of the world's leading development banks and our continued joint commitment to safer roads can make a big difference-and help to save lives." The complete press release is available at tinyurl.com/yye367m3.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Three inductees of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame-Bill Tuman, Carl Cranke and Everett Brashear-passed away recently. Mr. Tuman was a member of Indian Motocycle's famous racing team dubbed the "Indian Wrecking Crew" and winner of five AMA Grand Nationals during a professional racing career that spanned from 1947 to 1955. The Indian Wrecking Crew was a group of top racers in the late 1940s and early '50s that included Mr. Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman. Mr. Cranke was a 10-time member of the U.S. International Six Days Trials (now known as the International Six Days Enduro) team and a 2000 inductee to the Hall of Fame. Mr. Cranke earned seven gold medals and two silvers in ISDT competition aboard Penton, KTM and Yamaha motorcycles. Mr. Brashear was one of the top AMA flat-track racers in the 1950s. Between 1952 and 1960, Mr. Brashear won 15 AMA flat-track nationals and dozens of regional races. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress passed the Great American Outdoors Act on July 22, approving $9.5 billion during the next five years to address a maintenance and repair backlog in national parks and other public lands. The National Park Service will get 70 percent of the money; the U.S. Forest Service will receive 15 percent; and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Education schools each will receive 5 percent. The funding for the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund comes from energy production on federally controlled lands and waters, including renewable energy and oil and gas drilling.
SHOSHONE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Shoshone field office, Twin Falls district, is asking the public to review and provide input on an environmental assessment that analyzes recreation and public access in the Wood River Valley. The overall purpose of the environmental assessment is to consider expanding trail-based recreation and camping opportunities. Specifically, it examines the construction of trails, trailheads and campsite roads, changing existing trail designations and modifying seasonal OHV and temporary restrictions. The 30-day public comment period ends on Aug. 21. The environmental assessment can be viewed on the BLM National Environmental Policy Act register website at eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/home. Written comments can be submitted online at the NEPA register site; mailed to the BLM Shoshone Field Office at 400 W. F St., Shoshone, ID 83352, or emailed to email@example.com. Before including personally identifiable information in comments, be advised that the entire comment may be made publicly available.
NELSONVILLE, Ohio - The Wayne National Forest in Ohio has released initial assessment and supporting documents, the first step in the process of revising its forest plan. The plan revision is a three phase process: assessment, plan development and implementation and monitoring. With the release of the assessment, the forest will be entering the plan development phase of this process. The assessment is intended to be a rapid evaluation of existing information on the current and changing ecological, social and economic conditions prevalent across the forest and the broader study area. The assessment helps justify the need to change the current forest plan, which was released in 2006. The documents are available on the forest's plan revision web page. Along with the assessment documents, information on species of conservation concern and the recommended wilderness process are available for public review and feedback. Information about how to provide input on these processes is also provided on the webpage. As the forest enters the next phase of the plan revision process, engagement opportunities will be available to members of the public. Details will be posted at the plan revision web page and Facebook page. Members of the public with questions are encouraged to contact the revision team at (740) 753-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission has scheduled a virtual meeting for Aug. 6. The OHMVR Commission will be using the video conferencing service Zoom to host the meeting and allow remote public participation. To register for the meeting, visit us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2XWQqZxzTReqW8uMxsL0rQ. Additional information, including the meeting agenda, is available on the OHMVR Commission Meetings web page.
BURLEY, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burley field office is seeking public comment on a proposal to change the overnight camping and entrance fees at both the Lud Drexler park and Milner historic recreation area. The fee changes are proposed due to increased maintenance costs. The proposed fees will enable the agency to improve services and amenities. The current overnight camping fee at Lud Drexler park, unchanged since 1992, is $5 per vehicle. Current fees at Milner historic recreation area, unchanged since 1997, are $5 per vehicle for overnight camping and $3 per vehicle for day use. The proposed changes would raise the overnight camping fee to $15 per night per campsite and raise day use fees to $5 at both locations. Annual passes will increase from $25 to $50 and be valid for both sites. The changes are expected to raise approximately $30,000 annually, which would be used at both recreation areas. The draft business plan is available for review at blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-fees/business-plans or as a hard copy at the Burley field office. Comments, including questions, should be submitted before Aug. 10 to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Recreation Program, 15 E. 200 S., Burley, Idaho, 83318, or submit electronically to BLM_ID_BurleyOffice@blm.gov, subject line, Recreation Program.
SMELTERVILLE, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service Idaho Panhandle resource advisory committee will hold a virtual meeting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 6. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. Additional meeting information can be found at fs.usda.gov/main/ipnf/workingtogether/advisorycommittees. Agenda items include introducing new RAC members; discussing the status of 2019 RAC-approved projects; and discussing the solicitation and review of new Title II project proposals. This meeting is open to the public. Written comments must be sent to Phillip Blundell, RAC coordinator, P.O. Box 159, Smelterville, ID 83868; to email@example.com; or to (208) 783-2101.
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Completing a four-year process that included 98 meetings and webinars and collaboration with forest users and nearby communities, the Custer Gallatin National Forest has released its final revised land management plan and environmental impact statement. The plan highlights the potential for more than 200 new jobs in the region and about $10 million in additional labor income. The plan also will help set priorities for investments that support work with state partners, tribes, communities and stakeholders to achieve active landscape management, vegetation and wildlife conservation, and help maintain sustainable mining, grazing, forest products and recreation industries. The plan details the desired conditions, standards, guidelines and objectives that would provide the foundation of future management activities across the forest for the next 10 to 15 years or longer. The final environmental impact statement analyzes the environmental, social and economic effects of the proposed land management plan and lays out several alternatives. The draft record of decision describes the selected alternative, which will become the land management plan. All project documents, including instructions on how-to object, are available on the Forest Plan Revision website. Master hardcopies are available for reference by appointment only at local ranger district offices or on thumb drive. Objection or resolution-centered meetings will be announced upon the determination of objection standing, and information will be available in the late fall. The objection process also includes an "interested persons" format for those who wish to know how objections are resolved. "Interested persons" includes any party not named in the objection and individuals who submitted substantive formal comments demonstrating their participation in the planning process. Information for filing as an interested person is available online at fs.usda.gov/custergallatin. Click on "Forest Plan Revision." Final documents, maps, how-to and archived information also are available online. For more information, contact Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan at (406) 587-6735.
LACONIA, N.H. - The City Council agreed in July to allow Laconia Motorcycle Week to occur Aug. 22-30, but without many of the activities attendees have enjoyed at past rallies. Vendor booths are banned, except for the Motorcycle Week Association and some local nonprofit organizations. Mayor Andrew Hosmer said before the vote that the council was trying to strike a balance between the economic concerns of local businesses which rely on the event for a large part of their income, and the need to safeguard public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - About 50 motorcyclists gathered in a business parking lot for Americade Underground on July 25, an effort to keep some of their traditions alive despite the fact that the Americade motorcycle touring rally in Lake George was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The riders rode from Queensbury to Lake George and spent the day, maintaining proper distancing and wearing face coverings, an organizer said.
PIERRE, S.D. - The state Department of Transportation and the Department of Tourism are gathering information on the effect of tribal coronavirus checkpoints on those traveling to the state for the Sturgis motorcycle rally, which is scheduled for Aug. 7-16. Since April, the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux tribes have operated COVID-19 traffic checkpoints on several state and federal highways that cross their reservations. The checkpoints are not motorcycle-only, but apply to all vehicles. The annual rally drew an estimated 490,000 people in 2019. Organizers and government officials expect far fewer this year-200,000 to 250,000-for a rally scaled down considerably because of the pandemic.
AUSTIN, Texas - The state Department of Transportation has launched a "Share the Road; Look Twice For Motorcycles Campaign" to call attention to rider safety. According to a DOT press release, 61 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes occur between May and October each year, peak riding season. In 2019, 30 percent of fatal crashes occurred in an intersection. "You need to pay attention, stay back, and give everybody, especially motorcyclists, extra room," said Sonja Gross, DOT Amarillo District public information officer. "Give driving your full attention. Pay attention at those intersections and be extra careful when you're making left turns, and most importantly, slow down."
IRVINE, Calif. - Motorcycle industry veteran and 2013 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Larry Little is retiring after more than 40 years of involvement in publishing, consulting, co-founding the American International Motorcycle Expo, volunteering at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and serving the Motorcycle Industry Council. "We're looking forward to spending time with grandkids and visiting those folks whom we've missed over the years while being active participants in the industry," Little said of his wife, Stephanie Britt Little and himself.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 AMA Championship Banquet and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was part of the 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 6-7. The board further asked AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman to direct staff to: Make provisions for delivering AMA National No. 1 plates to riders who win national championships in series and AMA Grand Championships successfully held in 2020; and explore remote alternatives for AMA Congress, the annual meeting for debating and proposing rule updates for AMA-sanctioned activity. "The board made clear that its decision was to protect attendees from exposure to the coronavirus, particularly with the likelihood for an additional surge in cases next winter when the year-end celebrations are traditionally held," said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. "The board also felt that canceling the events was a responsible financial decision in light of expected low attendance, and the time and resource commitment necessary to hold such celebrations."
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The 2020 American Motorcyclist Association Hillclimb Grand Championship, the amateur national championship event for motorcycle and ATV hillclimb, is rescheduled for Sept. 19-20 at the Pioneer Motorcycle Club in Waterford, Ohio. The event, originally planned for Aug. 7-9 in Wisconsin's Pierce County, was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with the AMA's requirement for rescheduling the event, Pioneer Motorcycle Club President Les Wolfe and the WCHD created a COVID-19 mitigation plan, including health checks, face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizers, appropriate signage and a spectator ban.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - About 200 motorcyclists attended an open house and bike night supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum July 11. During the event, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman drew the winning ticket for a 1973 BMW R75/5 sidecar rig raffle bike restored by Jay Medieros of Vintage Triumph Supply in Bedford, Mass. The winner was AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mary McGee. Also at the event, U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) introduced a resolution recognizing July 11 as "Antique Motorcycle Enthusiast Day."
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump intends to nominate William Perry Pendley to be the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Pendley currently serves as the BLM deputy director for policy and programs. He has decades of experience in federal land management policy as an attorney, according to a BLM press release.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Coalition for Recreational Trails is calling for nominations for outstanding projects that used funds from the federal Recreational Trails Program for consideration for a 2020 achievement award. Award winners will be selected from projects nominated by public agencies, trail administrators or other project sponsors. Projects must be completed to receive an award. Award categories include construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; public/private partnerships and access to public lands; community linkage; education and communication; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management and "corridor sharing;" use of youth conservation/service corps and community outreach; engaging public-sector partners; and enhancement of federal lands. There will be no in-person awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., this year, however there will be an online virtual ceremony this summer. And all award winners will be invited to participate in the next in-person event on Capitol Hill, which organizers hope will be in 2021. For more information, visit americantrails.org/crt.
PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The California Coastal Commission has scheduled a multi-day virtual hearing. Of particular interest to the riding community, at 9 a.m. July 9 will be a status report by California State Parks on the progress of State Parks' Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Public Works Plan, as well dust reduction efforts. For a complete agenda and information about hearing procedures and requests to speak during the meetings, visit coastal.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/#/2020/7. The public may also submit comments before the meeting.
SUSANVILLE, Calif. - The Lassen National Forest and Lassen County Resource Advisory Committee are seeking proposals for projects that qualify for funding under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act. The deadline for submission of project proposals is July 21. Projects must benefit forest system lands and ecosystems in Lassen County. The projects must have broad-based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to road, trail and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; watershed restoration and maintenance; wildlife and fish habitat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; reintroduction of native species and hazardous fuels reduction. A hard copy application package must be submitted no later than July 21 and be addressed to the Lassen RAC, c/o Lassen National Forest, 2550 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130, Attn: Mark Gaston. For information about the Lassen National Forest, copies of the application and other related instructions, visit ufs.usda.gov/main/lassen/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.
MONTROSE, Colo. - The BLM issued a notice in June to lease about 44 acres of public land to Montrose County to develop the Shavano Gateway Recreation Area just west of Montrose. The new area will improve recreation opportunities and experiences on the western slope and will be part of the popular 4x4 Rimrocker Trail that runs from Montrose, Colorado, to Moab, Utah. Improvements will include a staging area with an off-highway vehicle obstacle and training course, trailhead parking, restrooms, barbeques, cabanas and picnic sites. Twenty miles of single-track trails will be developed on public lands adjacent to the area, which will accommodate large group events. The improvements and facilities will support the Dry Creek Recreation Area trails, Rimrocker Trail and the new 20-mile single-track trail system. Eventually, the BLM may convey this public land to Montrose County. The BLM notice is available for review at go.usa.gov/xvSve. Comments must be submitted by July 6. Send written comments to the Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Jana Moe, 2465 S. Townsend Ave. Montrose, CO 81401, or submit electronically to Jana Moe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service announced that additional Florida State Forest recreation areas are reopening, as they move to an online, cash-free point-of-sale system. Annual Off-Highway Vehicle passes went on sale June 24. Passes are valid through June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1, day-use passes for recreation areas, including trailheads and OHV riding areas, will be available. On July 10, group campsites, picnic pavilions and group recreation areas will reopen, with a capacity of 50 people. To purchase passes or to make a campsite reservation, visit floridastateforests.reserveamerica.com or call (877) 879-3859.
LACONIA, N.H. - Weirs Beach business owners urged the City Council on June 22 not to cancel Laconia Motorcycle Week, which was postponed to Aug. 22-30 due to concerns about the coronavirus. Charlie St. Clair, Laconia Motorcycle Week Association executive director, said the event likely be much smaller than typical annual attendance of 250,000 to 325,000. The council took no action at the June meeting.
RIO PUERCO, N.M. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has opened the nomination process to fill several positions on the newly established Rio Puerco management committee. The committee advises the Secretary of the Interior on the development and implementation of the Rio Puerco Management Program. The committee serves as a forum for information about activities that may affect or further the development and implementation of best management practices, identify objectives and develop alternative watershed management plans for the Rio Puerco drainage basin. Members serve three-year terms. The application form can be downloaded at blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/New-Mexico. The BLM will consider nominations received through July 8.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In an effort to stop distracted driving, the Ohio Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to create Central Ohio's first "Distracted Driving Safety Corridor." The 22-mile stretch of I-71 in Delaware and Morrow counties will be staffed with more troopers looking for violations, as well as signs warning drivers they have entered the corridor, where there is zero-tolerance for distracted and unsafe driving.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - After nearly a two-month pause, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course reopened to spectators on a limited basis June 26-28 for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The race weekend is the longest continuously running annual event at the facility. The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio operated under the "Responsible RestartOhio" guidelines for the coronavirus after receiving approval from government officials for limited spectator attendance. The grandstands were not open. Spectators were subject to a temperature check and health screening when entering the facility.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ended its contractual relationship with Total Control Training Inc. on April 18, canceling all motorcycle training clinics scheduled through its Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. Mandatory motorcycle training for individuals younger than 18 who wish to obtain a motorcycle license will be completed online. PennDOT is evaluating its program and vowed to continue motorcycle training. The agency also said it is "committed to ensuring the program is sustainable for the future following the COVID-19 emergency." More information is available at email@example.com.
STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis City Council voted June 15 to proceed with preparations for the Aug. 7-16 rally, now in its 80th year, according to the Rapid City Journal. The event draws hundreds of thousands of motorcycle fans to the area. Officials estimated the economic impact of last year's rally was about $665 million. The council voted 8-1 to allow the rally to take place, but without the usual parade, opening ceremony and B-1 bomber flyover. Earlier in June, a group of business owners vowed to stage a rally, with or without cooperation from the city.
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The U.S. Forest Service West Virginia Resource Advisory Committee has scheduled a virtual meeting for 9 a.m., July 21 to review and discuss Title II projects. For meeting details, contact Julie Fosbender, RAC coordinator, at (304) 635-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at: cloudapps-usda-gov.secure.force.com/FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcuqAAC.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - 2020 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, has been postponed, due to restrictions related to the coronavirus. No new dates have been announced. When additional information is available, the AMA will issue an announcement and post it to americanmotorcyclist.com and all AMA social media outlets. Purchased tickets will be honored on the new dates. Those who bought tickets through the AMA and wish to receive a refund may contact AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) or email@example.com. Those who bought tickets through Mid-Ohio should contact the facility at midohio.com or (419) 884-400. Established in 1990 and held at Mid-Ohio for the past 24 years, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is hailed as an annual celebration of America's motorcycling heritage, welcoming thousands of enthusiasts and hundreds of vendors for bike shows, racing, seminars, the country's largest motorcycle swap meet and more. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. For the latest news about the event, visit vintagemotorcycledays.com or facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Admission is free for children under 12 accompanied by a ticketed adult. Free parking is also available on site.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA has created the Member Activity Department to enhance and consolidate efforts to engage members in recreational riding, volunteering and other non-competition activity. Heather Wilson has been promoted to director of member activity to manage the department. The Member Activity Department includes all AMA-sanctioned member non-competition activity, including riding and volunteer programs, and promotes and facilitates sanctioned recreational activities organized by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters. The department also will direct recreational engagement elements of AMA-promoted non-competition events and organize AMA Recreational Riding Commissions, which advise AMA staff on how the association can support AMA-sanctioned recreational activity. Wilson, who joined the AMA communications staff in 2014, most recently was the recreational riding manager. Wilson will report to Chief Operating Officer James Holter. Wilson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, closed to visitors since March 20 in compliance with Ohio's coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic, reopened June 22. In accordance with Ohio's Responsible RestartOhio plan, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will follow all safety guidelines in the Consumer, Retail, Services & Entertainment category. These include personal spacing, daily symptom assessments for employees, frequent cleaning of high-touch items and surfaces, directional signage, limited capacity and no groups larger than 10. Groups from five to 10 visitors are encouraged to call (614) 856-2222 or email email@example.com to schedule visits. In addition, the first hour of operation, 9-10 a.m., will be exclusive to older guests and those who place themselves in at-risk populations. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, on the AMA campus, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. It features two floors. The upper level honors the lives and careers of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers and men and women who have shaped motorcycling in America in racing, rights, design, industry and ambassadorship. The lower level includes themed exhibits, as well as examples of historic motorcycles from the museum's permanent collection. AMA members can visit the museum for no charge. Nonmember rates are $10 for adults, $3 for students and $8 for seniors. Children 11 and younger can visit for free with an accompanying adult.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA members receive a 20 percent discount on Blendzall racing lubricants, including Blendzall's castor racing blends that have been used in many championship-winning motorcycles. Blendzall, based in Martins Ferry, Ohio, produces a premium racing lubricant from degummed castor oil and proprietary additives. A special blending catalyst allows Blendzall to mix permanently with gasoline and methanol. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-members-receive-20-percent-discount-on-blendzall-racing-lubricants.
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