ABATE of New York State, Inc., Southern Tier Chapter
American Bikers Aimed Towards Education
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Message from the President

Welcome Web viewers. As President of the Southern Tier Chapter of ABATE Inc. of NYS, I, Mick Brown, would like to tell you about us.

The name ABATE stands for a lot of meanings. In NYS ours stands for American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, But all slogans for the ABATE name stand for people who care about motorcyclist rights and making the road safer for all. We all work in Education of drivers, law enforcement, highway workers, and emergency staff, as well as many other people that are involved with motorcyclists in one way or another. By open dialog, we are able to show the motorcyclist’s point of view to the people that have no idea what’s important to the motorcyclist’s safety, and well being.

Legislation is passed each year that concerns motorcyclists by people who have never even ridden a motorcycle and are more interested in their own agenda (more revenue) than taking the time to see if the bill has any merit to be passed as a law. ABATE is that voice in Albany that creates a window for a view to these people. We do the same in local government.

We work closely with several other motorcycle groups such as the Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation (MRF) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). As a whole we keep our members informed of what’s going on and what we can do to help a bill be passed or defeated.

In the past we have been labeled as the “LID GUYS” because of the helmet protests we have done. Actually we have accomplished much more important issues than the freedom of choice from helping to make motorcycle safety classes, stricter penalties on failure to yield, and motorcycle awareness segments in drivers education classes. The legal use of motorcycles in the HOV lanes is still on our table. Making motorcycle safety classes more affordable is as well.

We welcome you to use this site’s calendar of events as a referral to what’s happening locally. You might find some of these of interest to you. Or maybe you’d like to post your events on our calendar. If so, please contact Shelly, our Webmaster, and she’ll hook you up. Also enjoy some of the pictures of past times, and events. We’re not all business, we like to ride and have fun too.

Hillcrest Service Road

If you're planning on riding to Thursday, July 10's ABATE meeting, be aware that there is road construction on the Hillcrest Service Rd leaving rough road for motorcycles.

Hope to see you all there!

Albany Freedom Rally

The following was sent to us by Congresswoman Donna Lupardo (ABATE member 16 years):

Here is a link to the article from the rally in Albany. I've already heard back from the I Love NY Director (see below) who is interested in doing something. I'll keep you posted.


Motorcycle Destinations

The following was sent to us by Congresswoman Donna Lupardo (ABATE member 16 years):

Dear friends at ABATE,

I have some good news. The I Love NY website was recently updated to include motorcycle information as a result of my request (see link below). This is just a placeholder for something much more extensive next year. I sent them many links to work from, but if you have any ideas please send them to me and I will pass them along. You may have seen the Governor's recent efforts to promote NY tourism with "I Fish NY" and "I Whitewater Raft NY." I have specifically requested a new logo be created for "I Motorcycle NY."



New York Motorcycle and Scooter Task Force

The NYMSTF suggests:
If you discover a police checkpoint clearly pulling over only motorcyclists, send an SMS text message to our main phone number, 347-410-6783. Make the first word of your message checkpoint (spelling counts!), followed by a brief description (140 characters or less) of the checkpoint's location. Your text will be published to our Checkpoint RSS/XML feed and our Twitter account within 5 minutes.

We Need You!

Publishing the newsletter every month is expensive. The Yellow Pages now has a link to our new Advertise with Us page. You can help cover our costs by downloading our advertising rates flyer and giving it to one motorcycle-friendly business. If each member did this, we’d have a better chance of covering all our newsletter expenses rather than draining our bank account. Help make the newsletter self-sustaining!

Post an Event

Does your organization have an event you'd like to see on the Calendar? On our contact page you will find a link to a form that sends a form to Shelly, our Webmaster, and she'll put it on the Calendar.
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