Fact or Fiction?
There is a safety community in Washington D.C. that is trying to destroy motorcycling as we know it with lies and half truths. This group is a quasi mixture of government and private safety driven organizations including The Center for Auto Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association to name a few. All of these groups work to influence the government to enact stricter and stricter safety standards and laws. They all do this slightly differently from each other but they do have one common core; they hate motorcycles. If they thought it was remotely possible for one minute that they could eliminate all forms of power driven two wheelers from the traffic landscape, they would try. They try to alarm the general public with misinformation or partial information. They claim that motorcyclist fatalities have been on the rise since 2005 and that is true. Some years see a dip but for the most part motorcyclist fatalities have risen. There was an increase of 36 more fatalities between from 2005 to 2011, 4,576 to 4,612 respectively. However, bike sales and registration numbers are up and that tells a very different story. One that they don't want you to hear.
While temperatures seem to be hot just about everywhere, we know September is coming. And September 2014 means the 30th Annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM).
September 25th to 28th in Kansas City, Missouri Freedom of Road Riders (FORR) will be hosting the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) for this event at the Embassy Suites Kansas City Airport.
Hotel reservations must be made prior to August 25th to receive our rate of $111.00 per night. This rate does include the breakfast buffet. Be sure to mention the MRF Meeting of the Minds to obtain the group rate.
Embassy Suites Kansas City - Airport
7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
The Highway Bill funding crisis has been avoided, for now.
The Highway Bill funding crisis has been avoided, for now. The transportation spending fund also known as the highway trust fund was set to go bankrupt this August. The Band-Aid approach of patching together extension after extension to keep the fund solvent has been Congress’s method of operation since 2008.
The House of Representatives passed an extension to the fund that passed the House 367-55. The bipartisan measure is expected to be voted on in the Senate next week and is likely to pass. This temporary fix will last until May of 2015 and cost $10.8 billion.
What the quick fix fails to address is the main, underling problem with the highway trust fund, it does not raise enough money. The fund relies on a gas tax that has not been raised since 1993. Trying to operate and maintain a national transportation infrastructure in 2014 with 1993 type spending power is a lesson in disaster.
Independence Day 2014
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.––That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The governed who do lift up their "yea" and "nay" do so amidst the silence of too many. Let's take the time to reflect upon the men, women, and yes, children, who fought & died as the 13 colonies wrested their independence - their very freedom - from the British Empire.
Many lawmakers have said that they agree; bikers could well be the last bastion of America's freedom fighters. Within our nation's biker population, less than 2% are within the ranks of freedom fighting organizations that focus on what affects us as riders. Oftentimes it is that 2% who fight against laws or regulations that, while a motorcyclist issue on the surface, could open yet another door to impinge upon freedoms in general.
Today we honor those who truly gave their all. In fields seen from the front porches of their homes, in woods with their children also armed, or across miles and miles - away from loved ones, food, warmth, & and safety. It was horrifyingly real and it happened here, not really all that long ago.