Motorcyclists Take Safety Seriously

Amidst calls for mandatory helmet laws and flawed studies that claim such legislation would decrease state public health costs, Minnesota motorcyclists know that the real answer to lowering fatality rates is through rider training and motorist awareness.

American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education (ABATE) of Minnesota has long supported and encouraged its members to constantly improve their riding skills by taking the Experienced Rider Course (technically referred to as the BRC2) as offered by the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center. This program teaches riding techniques such as quick-stopping, swerving, emergency maneuvering and other riding skills that could potentially save the rider’s life in the event another motor vehicle driver is not aware that a motorcycle is in their vicinity.

“ABATE of Minnesota’s long-time stance is that it’s through awareness and training programs such as the Experienced Rider Course that lives are saved, not through flawed “one-size-fits-all” legislative action such as a mandatory helmet law,” says Mike Berger, President of Lake Chapter, A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Task Force. “Over the last three years we’ve seen a consistent drop in fatality numbers while motorcycle registrations continue to increase, proving that emphasis on awareness and training programs is the real key to motorcycle safety, not additional and cumbersome legislation.”

Sunday, June 24th, members of ABATE of Minnesota’s Lake Chapter participated in an Experienced Rider Course held at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, MN. Lake Chapter invites all members of the media to attend these events to better understand the real issues behind safer motorcycling, and for an opportunity to witness firsthand how motorcyclists take their own safety very seriously and actively train to stay safe on the road.

For more information, contact Mike Berger at (952) 334-6423 or via email at