Earth Day a celebration of motorcyclists' values
April 22, 2014
Conservation. Efficiency. Stewardship.
As Earth Day is celebrated worldwide today, the American Motorcyclist Association is highlighting three core values that its membership shares in protecting the environment and ensuring future riding opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
"Motorcyclists are proud of their contributions to the health of the planet, whether through physical labor in maintaining trails or planting trees or simply commuting to work and leaving the gas-guzzler at home," said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO.
The AMA supports responsible recreational access to public lands for use by off-highway vehicles, with the emphasis on "responsible."
Motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle riders join other users of public lands in maintaining trails, picking up litter and encouraging sustainable land use practices.
Clubs and individual riders team up with state and federal officials and professional land managers to plan off-highway access that remains in harmony with other uses while preserving important natural and cultural resources.
On April 15, the AMA renewed a five-year agreement with the Wayne National Forest.
"Really the message is to act responsibly, to ride safe and ride responsibly with respect for the environment. Stay on the trail," Dingman said.
Many motorcycles return 50 miles per gallon or more in fuel economy, while reducing highway congestion and alleviating parking problems. Motor scooters can achieve more than twice that mileage.
The manufacture of motorcycles and scooters consumes far less metal and plastic than automobile production.
And the lighter weight of the motorcycles helps extend the life of the nation's streets and highways.
When motorcyclists head out for a ride, their choice of two- and three-wheeled transportation proves they are good stewards of our planet.
"When you look at the big picture, it's clear that motorcycling contributes to the social good," Dingman said. "Motorcycle use improves the health of the planet by improving fuel economy, reducing pollution and congestion, and providing a fun outdoor activity for tens of thousands of people every day."
Those interested in coming along for the ride are encouraged to visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Getting Started for more information about the benefits of motorcycling.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com