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UPDATE for Best of the West hotel

It has come to my attention that some people were having problems making hotel reservations in the past couple of weeks for Best of the West. I did not know about the problem until the reminder went out earlier this week. Anyone who was unable to make a reservation because there were no rooms available on Friday night, June 6th, will now be able to either make or adjust those reservations. The room block has been corrected and there are rooms available. Due to the hotel’s error the reservation deadline has been extended one week to June 13th.

I apologize for this problem and believe everyone can get their reservations corrected. If you continue to have problems please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will do whatever I can to help rectify the situation. In fact, any time you encounter a problem making reservations at a host hotel please let me know immediately. I can’t fix a problem I am unaware of.

I look forward to seeing you in both Washington, D.C. next week and Frisco, Colorado next month

Best of the West Reminder

Best of the West is just a month away; June 6-8. There is nothing like June in the Colorado mountains. We promise great riding, great learning and great fun. But you need to get your room reservations made now. Our group rate of $89.99 is only good for reservations made by May 8th.

ABATE of Colorado will be hosting this event. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Summit County in Frisco. It is right off I-70 in Frisco. There is no designated airport shuttle to the hotel from the Denver Airport. If you need transportation from the airport call the hotel for options.

Registration must also be paid no later than May 8th for the pre-registration discount. For MRF members that rate is $60; non-MRF members are $70. After May 8th the rate increases by $10 to $70 and $80 respectively. You may register by going on-line to www.mrf.org. Click on Conference Information 2014 on the right hand side of the page. It will lead you to conference information and registration. You may also register by calling the Washington D.C. office at 202.546.0983. You can also mail in your registration. It must be postmarked by May 8th to receive the discount.

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Obama Calls for Helmet Laws

This week President Obama released his ideal version of a transportation bill. The proposal has a specific provision that would allow the federal government to push a mandatory helmet law, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports.

Parking: Buried in the 350 page document is language that would amend current United States code, which provides the motorcycle safety money that would allow “the Secretary [of transportation] or the Secretary’s designee [to] engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to motorcycle helmet use laws.”

This provision is unacceptable to the MRF, and it’s safe to say, the United States House of Representatives. Labeled as “Support Activity” in the draft legislation, it’s a thinly veiled stab at a mandatory national helmet law.

The draft is titled “Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America,” or GROW AMERICA Act. You can read the whole document here:
http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/DOT_surface_reauth-FINAL.pdf

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Feds to include motorcycles in intelligent transportation systems research

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) informed the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) recently that they do in fact intend to include motorcycles in the research they will be doing about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

V2V technology, in theory, allows for individual vehicles to communicate with each other on the road. The conversation would let the individual vehicles inform other vehicles as to how fast it is moving, where it is moving to, and how far away it is from other vehicles. The theory goes on to assume that using this technology will reduce crashes and therefore injury and loss of life.

The technology works something like this: if a vehicle is approaching another vehicle at a greater rate of speed and a collision is imminent, the vehicle can brake itself to slow down and avoid the collision. Or if a distracted driver is bearing into your vehicle’s space, it will automatically employ evasive actions such as hard braking or swerving.

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