'No Motorcycles Allowed' is focus of American Motorcyclist Association's Freedom Friday, April 12
April 12, 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Whether
banned from public beachside parks, private gated communities or acre after
acre of public land, motorcyclists bristle when they see signs that say:
"No Motorcycles Allowed."
Motorcycle bans are the focus of the American Motorcyclist Association's
"Freedom Friday" on April 12 to raise awareness of discrimination
against on- and off-highway motorcyclists related to access to streets and
"Motorcycle bans don't grab a lot of headlines, but they do exist,"
said Danielle Fowles, AMA grassroots coordinator. "We want to know about
them, and we want to unite motorcyclists to block or overturn them."
The Freedom Friday effort is part of AMA Go Ride! Month during April. AMA Go
Ride! Month encourages AMA members and riders nationwide to renew their passion
for riding in the dirt and on the street. It's a month-long celebration of
riding that features stories, photos, contests and more.
Freedom Friday is a special call-to-action posted on the AMA Facebook page each
Friday to alert motorcyclists about important issues that pose a threat to
motorcycling freedoms. Riders can take part in a contest related to the issue
and win prizes.
Each week's Freedom Friday photo contest asks AMA members to send a photo of
themselves, preferably with their bike, near a symbol of the current topic.
The winners in last week's contest that focused on health-insurance
discrimination against motorcyclists were Jeffrey Goldstein of Pompton Lakes,
N.J., a flight medic who submitted a photo of himself and his bike in front of
the medivac helicopter he flies on; and Saken Aizhulov of Cary, N.C., who sent
in a photo of his Triumph Tiger at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
headquarters in Durham, N.C.
The issue that kicks off today is access discrimination, which can be
illustrated with a photo of a "No Motorcycles Allowed" sign,
"Wilderness" sign or anything related to freedom to illustrate their
concern as a motorcyclist. Even a photo of a "Welcome Bikers" banner
or a trailhead sign indicating motorcycles are allowed would work, showing that
proper efforts can gain motorcyclists access to streets and areas. Photo(s) and
the AMA member number should be sent to the AMA at email@example.com
to be entered in the contest.
Contest entrants have two chances to win. Each week, two photo Freedom Friday
winners will be announced and each will receive an AMA gift bag and a $20
BikeBandit gift card. Contest entrants will also be entered in a month-end
drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket,
and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.
Submit your photo and AMA number to the AMA to be entered in the contest. For
entry details, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/goride/contestdetails.
Imagine city officials banning street bikes from public roads or parks.
Impossible? It happens. City officials at one time even considered banning
motorcycles from Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. The AMA, Motorcycle Riders
Foundation, ABATE of Illinois and other state motorcyclist rights organizations
successfully promoted federal legislation to specifically block cities and
states from banning motorcycles from roads that use federal funds for construction
In the off-road world, riders have been shut out of millions of acres of public
land nationwide. Every year, members of Congress propose designating millions
of additional acres of public land as federal Wilderness. Once Congress designates
an area as Wilderness, nearly all forms of non-pedestrian recreation become
illegal, including off-highway vehicle riding.
The AMA recognizes that no single recreation type is appropriate for every
setting. But there are certainly many places where responsible OHV use can
exist in harmony with other uses while preserving important natural and
cultural resources. The AMA supports appropriate Wilderness, as defined by the
federal Wilderness Act of 1964, and backs the designation of lands that meets its
strict criteria, including congressional oversight and broad public support.
Go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com
for more details about Freedom Friday and the 2013 AMA Go Ride! Month.