Bikers Inside the Beltway
Last week the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) held their second annual national motorcycle lobby day known as the Michael Boz Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway event. This year, dedicated motorcyclists rode in from 13 different states to meet with their entire Congressional delegations. In total, over 200 individual meetings were held with Senators and Members of Congress. The MRF secured free parking at the base of the US Capitol for the motorcyclists who attended. The group was addressed by staff members from the US House of Representatives Motorcycle Safety Caucus.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), US House Motorcycle Safety Caucus Chair, had this to say, As motorcyclists, it is our job to help educate the American public on the differences between motorcycles and other vehicles on the roads today. We all know education is a key component of motorcycle safety. Advocacy is an important part of spreading the message and educating others who may know very little about motorcycles and what it is to ride. A crash avoided is the ultimate goal.
Overall, the event was a tremendous success. Keep an eye out for details on next years event and make plans to attend. Anyone who has attended will tell you about the powerful impact this event has on Congress, and on the attendees themselves.
Thanks to everyone who rode out; you are the lifeblood of this event. Look forward to next years Bikers Inside the Beltway, which promises to be even bigger and badder.