FAWNSKIN, Calif. – The San Bernardino National Forest has announced the availability of the draft Environmental Assessment for the Rattlesnake Mountain Off-Highway-Vehicle Trails project. The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment until Dec. 16. The proposed action is to designate 8.1 miles of OHV trail and road access and to close and restore about 25 miles of unauthorized routes in the 8,000-acre project. Some trail sections also would be changed from non-motorized to motorized. An alternative proposal would designate an additional 4.9 miles of Coxey Road as OHV mixed use. Documents are available here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=43331. Contact Project Leader Scott Eliason via email at email@example.com or by phone at (909) 382-2830 for additional information. Electronic comments are preferred. Comments may be submitted by following the “Comment on Project’ link from the project web page (see link above). Or, comments may be emailed to the SBNF Mountaintop Ranger District inbox at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to submit comments electronically, comments may be mailed to: Mountaintop Ranger District, Attn: Scott Eliason, PO Box 290, Fawnskin, CA 92333.
BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is surveying stakeholders as part of its effort to create a draft plan managing the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho. In 2003, roughly 100,000 individuals visited the dunes. By 2013, use increased to an estimated 285,000 individuals. The BLM says a majority of visitors use the region for motorized recreation, but a large number of people use the dunes for hiking, running, horse riding and star gazing. Survey results will be considered in the drafting of the management plan. The survey is available at www.uidaho.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a4dlglHutfC7x5j.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Four bills introduced in the New York State Assembly outline opposing approaches to motorcycles and the state’s no-fault insurance laws. A.B. 3232 and S.B. 4316 would require all vehicle insurance policies to inform the insured that the no-fault provisions do not apply to motorcycles and that supplemental coverage is available. At the same time, S.B. 4614 and A.B. 8420 would add “motorcycles” to the definition of motor vehicles covered by the no-fault provisions.
PENDLETON, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled additional public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. The Forest Service released its draft Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Revised Land Management Plan in 2104 and received more than 1,000 comment letters. Based on those comments, the Forest Service has been working with stakeholders on pace and scale of restoration, livestock grazing, access and wilderness issues. More information is available from Peter Fargo at (541) 523-1231. Meeting notes from previous plan revision meetings are available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainsPlanRevision. The additional meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on these dates:
- Dec. 10 – Harney County Community Center, Burns Ore.
- Dec. 11 – Grant County Regional Airport, John Day, Ore.
- Dec. 14 – Clarkston Campus of Walla Walla Community College, Clarkston, Wash.
- Dec. 15 – North Powder Elementary School, North Powder, Ore.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – S.B. 1058, introduced by 14 senators, would prohibit law enforcement agencies from engaging in motorcyclist profiling, would require training of officers concerning conduct that constitutes profiling and would provide that a victim of profiling could bring a private lawsuit against any police officer or police department that engages in motorcyclist profiling. In the action, the victim may be awarded injunctive relief, actual damages, punitive damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The U.S. Forest Service is considering options for recreational opportunities on Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest, including an update of the area’s motorized road system between Laramie and Cheyenne. Among the questions being addressed are the status of high-use unauthorized routes, the possible conversion of some existing roads to all-terrain-vehicle use, the flexibility of season closing dates, and the designation of dispersed camping sites. The agency expect to reach final decisions in 2016. More information is available from the Forest Service office at 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, WY, 82070 or by phone at (307) 745-2300.
EAST TROY, Wis. – Erik Buell Racing’s manufacturing assets are scheduled for a second auction on Dec. 10 after Bruce Belfer failed to close on his winning August bid. Belfer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was unable to arrange financing by the Sept. 30 deadline to complete his $2.25 million purchase. Hero MotoCorp. of India paid $2.8 million for Buell’s consulting business. Belfer had hoped to restart the Buell manufacturing process with Erik Buell at the helm of the company. And Belfer still hopes to acquire Erik Buell Racing at the December auction.
MILWAUKEE – Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Motor Co.’s top marketing executive, left the company in November, less than a month after Harley-Davidson announced plans to increase its marketing efforts to boost sales. Sean Cummings, most recently the company’s top executive in Latin America, replaces Richer, who had been with the company since 2007.
IRVING, Texas – The Motorcycle Aftermarket Group has named Kevin Strawbridge president of its Retail and Media groups, which oversee online retailers Motorcycle SuperStore and J&P Cycles, along with media brands Motorcycle-USA.com and Cycle News. Strawbridge previously worked at RackSpace, DealTaker.com, CardsDirect.com and JCPenny.com.
MELBOURNE, Australia – The Victorian government has approved lane splitting, ending the legal ambiguity that had existed for years. The Victorian Motorcycle Council endorsed the move, which permits motorcycles and scooters to filter through stationary and slowly moving traffic. A 2011 Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety concluded that motorcycle lane filtering – as the Australians call it – “fundamentally improves rider safety,” according to the VMC. Filtering also significantly reduces peak-hour congestion.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The AMA Awards Program is looking for deserving individuals and organizations to be recognized in 2016. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 7. The awards include:
- AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award: Acknowledges the highest level of service to the AMA. It was first presented in 1970.
- AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award: Recognizes activities that generate good publicity for motorcycling.
- AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award: Recognizes someone who has contributed to protecting on-highway motorcycling rights.
- AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award: Recognizes someone who has contributed to protecting off-highway motorcycling rights.
- AMA Bessie Stringfield Award: Honors someone who has been instrumental in introducing motorcycling to emerging markets.
- Friend of the AMA Award: Presented to someone who has supported the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.
Submissions should include the individual’s or organization’s name, contact information, and a summary of his or her accomplishments in 300 words or less. Send to email@example.com. Mail: AMA Awards Program, American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Videos from the 2015 Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson, are available for viewing on the American Motorcyclist YouTube channel. There is a biographical video of each Hall of Fame inductee delineating his contributions to the motorcycling industry and a video of his acceptance speech at the Oct. 17 ceremony. Inducted this year were dirt tracker Alex Jorgensen, road racing champion John Kocinski, longtime Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. race team manager Keith McCarty, entrepreneur and industry patron John Parham, off-road racing champion Rodney Smith and former Harley-Davidson CEO Richard Teerlink. Also honored was 1999 Hall of Fame inductee and three-time world road racing champion Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend.
AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association Government Relations Department. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world. AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Government Affairs Editor, Jim Witters.
Sign up and stay informed: AMA News & Notes keeps motorcyclists up-to-date on hot topics, news affecting the motorcycling community and opportunities to communicate with elected officials. Click here to check the “Sign me up for News & Notes” box at the bottom of the page.
AMA Action Alerts notify motorcyclists when and how to make a difference on important issues. Click here to see the most recent AMA Action Alerts, and click here to sign up.
Readers can also sign up to receive AMA e-newsletters: AMA Extra includes a summary of AMA news, ATV E-News includes a summary of ATV-related news and Hall of Fame Insider focuses on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Protect your right to ride! Volunteering is easy, and it’s rewarding. To learn how you can help, visit online at www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Rights > Get Involved.
Follow the AMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americanmotorcyclist, on Twitter @ama_rights and on Instagram at @ama_riding.