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.
Monday is Ride to Work Day
Get On Your Bikes And Ride... as the song says.
Monday, June 16 is the 23rd Annual International Motorcycle & Scooter Ride To Work Day!
Former editor of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation's magazine "The Reports", Fred Rau, first called for a dedicated Ride To Work Day in the May 1992 issue of Road Rider magazine (now Motorcycle Consumer News). Marketing materials supporting riding to work started production in 1989 by Aero Design and Manufacturing Company (Aerostitch), a Minnesota firm that creates riding clothing and gear.
In the year 2000, the non-profit, volunteer-run Ride To Work organization was formed. You can find a host of interesting information that may be helpful in getting your communities to see the benefits of having more motorcycles and scooters on the roads on the website ridetowork.org. Their transportation fact sheet alone has some powerful, vetted research showing fuel and road-saving economy. Files include a Belgian study from 2010 that outlines the direct decreased shift in emissions and congestion in high traffic areas, exponentially equated to numbers of motorcycles traveling.
All that aside, RIDE TO WORK!
Help make the commuters in your area really NOTICE us on the roads.
Be safe, be happy, and as always, be EVER VIGILANT.