President Biden has officially recognized May as the month of motorcycle safety
MSAM’s first presidential recognition came after the AMA worked with the MIC and MSF to recognize the White House
Pickerington, Ohio – The White House and President Biden have officially issued a letter recognizing May as the month of motorcycle safety. It came less than three months after the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Council (MIC) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) met with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary (DOT) Butigig to request recognition at the White House and addressing other priorities of the motorcycle industry.
Last year, the AMA also collaborated with the MIC and MSF on the letter, joining their ongoing efforts in which it called on the White House to recognize Month of Motorcycle Safety Awareness, highlighting the annual public information campaigns of organizations and DOT.
“For millions of Americans, riding a motorcycle is more than a way of moving – it’s a way of life,” President Biden said in a letter. “The motorcycle offers freedom, relaxation and the opportunity to explore our great nation from coast to coast. But, unfortunately, skating is not without risk. Every year thousands of motorcycles die on the roads and highways of our country … My administration remains committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who rides a motorcycle, and everyone who travels in our country.
President Biden also referred to the bipartisan infrastructure law and its plan to modernize highways, roads and bridges used by motorcyclists across the country. The same law also allowed the Motorcycle Advisory Board (MAC) to advise the Department of Transportation on motorcycle safety.
The last iteration of the MAC took place under the chairmanship of AMA’s Director of Government Relations Michael Sayre from 2017 to 2020, when the MAC submitted its recommendations to the Department of Transportation. The MAC recommendations addressed issues related to road barrier design, road design, construction and maintenance, and issues with new intelligent transportation technologies.
“We’re looking forward to the new MAC sitting down,” Sair said, “and getting started. The AMA and other motorcycle organizations have made every effort to expand MAC membership, as well as demand multiple rounds of recommendations and provide more representative and comprehensive feedback from the motorcycle community. We also look forward to the administration working with the motorcycle community to improve the safety of our roads. ”
“The AMA also urges the Biden administration to adhere to this statement and the requirements set out in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” Sair continued, “including motorcycles in testing and standards for advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicles. recognizes cars but doesn’t ”.
Follow the news on AmericanMotorcyclist.com and AMA social media channels throughout May to get more information and tips on motorcycle safety and awareness.
About the American Motorcycle Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a non-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of the motorcycle. As the world’s largest organization for motorcycle rights and event authorization, the AMA advocates for the interests of riders at all levels of government and annually authorizes thousands of competitions and entertainment events. In addition to offering members discounts on products and services that save money, AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist, a recently updated and monthly full-color magazine (and its digital version) that covers current events and motorcycle history with brilliant photography and compelling articles. American Motorcyclist is also the most widely circulated magazine in North America. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of the motorcycle. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
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