2014 Bikerday at the Capitol

ABATE of Minnesota’s 11th annual Bikerday at the Minnesota State Capitol will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. If you will be attending Bikerday be sure to register on the ABATE of Minnesota web site before February 28th. By registering, ABATE volunteers will provide you with Bikerday talking points when you arrive at the Capitol and also arrange for you to meet with your State Senator and State Representative. Bus transportation is provided from around the state (check back in January for exact pick up locations). By the busload and individually ABATE members, club members, motorcycling groups and independent riders will walk into the Capitol to make sure their voice is heard. Your presence is crucial to protect your rights and safety as a Minnesota motorcyclist. Together we will:

• Maintain your right to wear or not wear a helmet while riding.

• Increase penalties for those who cause harm by driving negligently.

• Defeat oppressive motorcycle insurance increases.

• Improve the safety of all Minnesota motorcyclists.

On March 12, 2014, from 8:15 to 9:15 am, we will assemble in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. You will receive a packet containing talking points on the legislative agenda and the time and room number for meeting with your Senator and Representative or staff. At 9:15am we will hear from many key people in Minnesota politics.

During the 2012 session there was a helmet bill introduced in the Minnesota legislature. Many of the sponsors of that bill are still in the legislature and will be hoping to persuade their colleagues to support helmet bill language. A strong showing at Bikerday will go a long way to beat back those who oppose our helmet choice stance.

Bikerday at the Capitol would not be possible without the many contributions made by individuals and groups who support motorcycling freedom in Minnesota. If you or your group would like to contribute, contact ABATE of Minnesota at 2014bikerday@abatemn.org or 1-800-224-6570. Also, Bikerday pins are available for $3, plus $1 shipping, with all proceeds supporting Bikerday.

If you can’t attend you can still help: Call or send a letter of support to your legislators. This will be a great day for Minnesota motorcycling freedom, don't miss it. We need you there – You need you there - Be there – Do it for you. For more information email 2014bikerday@abatemn.org or call 1-800-224-6570. Check www.abatemn.org often for updated information.