ABATE Members Needed on Motorcycle Safety Task Force

During the month of May the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office will be accepting applications for the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Task Force. The task force advises the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) on motorcycling issues and provides input to the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program. The committee meets six times per year at St. Paul College, across the freeway from the State Capitol. The meetings are two hours in length and dinner is provided. The group offers suggestions to the Commissioner of DPS on street motorcycling issues. Many of the motorcycle training initiatives and motorist awareness campaigns you are familiar with have come about with direct input from this 15 member task force. They are a fun bunch of people who love motorcycles. These Thursday evening meetings are informal and open to the public.

ABATE of Minnesota members have a long history of service on this task force. Dozens of our members have served on the task force and several have chaired this committee. And I am currently the Legislative Advisor to the group. There are also advisors from the Department of Transportation, Driver and Vehicle Services and the motorcycle training program. Bill Shaffer and Megan Matthews represent the DPS Motorcycle Safety Center as well.

It is important that ABATE of Minnesota is represented on this committee. We bring real world experience and common sense to the table. It is vital that motorcycling safety solutions do not come with heavy handed mandates attached. We also have the ability to recruit people state wide, as we are the only active group that covers all of Minnesota. Over the years the task force has been heavily represented by people from the metro area. It would be great to see committee members from other areas of our great state.

Applying for task force consideration is easy: Just google “Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center” and the instructions are on the home page of their web site. Or call 651- 556-0643.  But do it soon, applications will not be accepted after May 26th. New members will be appointed for two year terms in June and the next meeting is July 15th.

Yours in freedom,

Mack Backlund

State Coordinator

ABATE of Minnesota