NHMRO May, 2024

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NHMRO Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication President Traci Beaurivage nhmropresident@gmail.com 603-714-4242 Vice President Tyler Medeiros tmnhmrovp@gmail.com Treasurer CJ Lynch nhmrotreasurer@gmail.com Newsletter Editor Rick Daynard Membership Contact nhmromembership@gmail.com Secretary Patti Pike NHMRO BOARD of DIRECTORS Steve Beaurivage Don Pike NHMRO Toy Run Director Betty Rock Ride SMART & Legislative Director Imre Szauter MRF Representitives Don Pike Patty Pike CJ Lynch

The New Hampshire Motorcyclist Rights Organization (NHMRO) was founded in 1975 to fight the freedoms that were being systematically taken away.

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Seems like the year is already flying by!

The Milford and Company Swap meet has come and gone, and I am sorry that I missed it. As some of you know I was traveling to Heartland Steam for their annual conference. I have been officially adopted out there and am thrilled to be part of something that North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota come together and do. These states make up 42% of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation membership and each of these states have strong state organizations. Coming together and sharing ideas, accomplishments and failures helps all of us be better in our own state. The friends that I have made all over this country are so incredible and some of them I only get to see once or twice a year, but our bonds are true.

Hopefully I will be able to catch my breath before leaving for Bikers Inside the Beltway in mid-May. Many of us from all over the country will be traveling to Washington DC to meet with our Congress and Senate representatives to discuss bikers’ rights. Like Heartland Steam, this is another opportunity to meet with all of these freedom fighters to share and learn from each other.

I hope that all of you will make it to the NH Rides Day on May 4th at Manchester Community College. This is an important event for NHMRO and I would really love to see the support!

As always, I am humbled and honored to be able to represent NHMRO. I look forward to seeing all of you out and about riding.

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Many of the MRF board members were out at Heartland Steam in South Dakota. This coming together of North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Minnesota to share ideas and rally in their achievements is so important and has a long history of greatness.

Mark Buckner, past MRF President and now Executive Director did a session on the history of MRF and how far we have come. I am proud to say that our own Sherm Packard and NHMRO are among that incredible history.

Our lobbyist Rocky Fox was on hand to go over what is happening in Washington. Nebraska after many years of hard work and perseverance has a victory in the helmet fight! This is just proof that you never give up.

In May bikers from all over the country will converge on Washington DC to go lobby our representatives.

Heard of - END OF LIFE DIRECTIVES

These are already a thing in Europe.

If your bike is too old you turn it in.

Think it can’t happen in the US?

They already did a trial run.

They called it “Cash For Clunkers”

The public loved it!

NO Speeding Ever??

Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in California requiring “every passenger vehicle, motortruck, and bus manufactured or sold in the state” to be equipped with speed limiter technology, starting with the 2027 model year. According to the bill (SB 961), the technology would “electronically limit the speed of the vehicle to prevent the driver from exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles per hour.”

Representatives from the MRF attended a roundtable discussion held by the Road to Zero Coalition on this initiative and were troubled by many aspects of this proposal. It is important to note that this is not about speed governors. This proposal is about a dynamic system using vehicle cameras, road signs, GPS, and virtual maps to determine speed limits on roads and actively restrict vehicles from operating above a certain threshold.

ABATE of California, the California Motorcycle Dealers Association, the California Trucking Association, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and the Specialty Equipment Market Association are among the organizations that have gone on record opposing the bill. The MRF remains committed to protecting our freedoms

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freedoms from government overreach. Allowing technology to override driver control of vehicle speed is a slippery slope. We thank the advocates in California for pushing back against this proposal. The MRF will remain vigilant in Washington, D.C., ready to oppose any similarly proposed federal plans.

MRF Visits Waymo Latest In Robo-Taxis

Last week, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) attended an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by Waymo, a self-driving car company. Titled “Every Mile Together: Waymo Safety Forum and Discussion," this event included a panel discussion with executives for Waymo, the National Safety Council and the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Waymo is a subsidiary of Google and is best known for its “robo-taxis.” These vehicles allow riders to hail a car and travel to a destination without a driver. Operating without a driver falls under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) definition of “Level 4” automation. That NHTSA classification means, “When engaged, the system is fully responsible for driving tasks. A human driver is not needed to operate the vehicle.”

An important takeaway from the event was that Waymo agrees with the MRF that current advertisements and the lack of transparency involving this modern technology are unacceptable. Other companies are operating vehicles with Level 2 autonomy. Misleading advertising means consumers are unaware of what tasks that automation level can perform. The Level 2 automation definition states: “Driver is fully responsible for driving the vehicle while the system provides continuous assistance with either acceleration/braking and steering.”

The MRF is committed to fighting for the safety of bikers and will collaborate with allies on issues we agree upon. We thank the officials at Waymo for the invitation and for including us in these discussions.

As a reminder, Waymo is operating in Phoenix, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with plans to start in Austin, Texas. These vehicles are on the road now and their presence is growing. Waymo will soon begin testing in other locations, so, as always, remain vigilant.

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Where in the WORLD is the purple haired motorcycle lady??????

Our President doesn’t just preside over our meetings, she attends events all over our state and country representing NHMRO. Traci attended this year's “Heartland STEAM” conference in Sioux Falls South Dakota hosted by ABATE of South Dakota on April 12th and 13th. Pictured having lunch with Traci are Josh Witkowski, Joy Mack, Dan Kleckner and Robert Ellinger.

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Well the good weather is finally here, and we’re back on the roads dodging pot holes, and avoiding sand. Hopefully you, or your local shop, has gone over the bike, checked the fluids, brakes and tires and you’re ready to roll. Whether you wear a full face helmet, a skid lid, or let your hair fly in the wind, be safe out there. New Hampshire’s fatality rate was far too high last year, and you can be sure it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Let’s bring those numbers down this year and avoid more attempts at regulations on our freedom to choose what bikes we ride, what we wear when we ride them, and how we modify them.

Likewise, there were a lot of complaints about stunt riding last year. Personally, I’m a guy that appreciates a good wheelie or burnout, and may (allegedly) be guilty myself, more when I was younger and those broken bones and road rash would heal faster if I went down. Now, being older, wiser, and a property owner, I’ve come to realize there’s a time and a place for these activities, especially where it pertains to pissing off those who don’t appreciate them. So be aware, if we’re not respectful of these folks, that too could result in more attempts at regulations. Sadly, two guys I’ve met over the years have passed. Park “Animal” Clegg, Mountain Men MC and an NHMRO member, was a great guy, and I always enjoyed seeing and talking with him at their clubhouse. Andre Gibeau, Combatants MC, served on the NHMRO Board of Directors, and was known to many of us for his big smile. Both of these great men will be missed…. May they rest and ride on in peace. While the general membership will not be meeting starting in June until October, the board will continue to keep you updated through the newsletter. Please continue to submit your event flyers to : nhmrogranitestatement@gmail.com in PDF format. Articles can be in word documents, and pictures of your event’s in jpg. That’s it for this month, remember to get to NH Ride’s Day and support YOUR New Hampshire Motorcyclists Rights Organization.

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Look for more interesting facts on NHMRO in upcoming issues!!

Did you know………...

Tom Walsh Sr. was one of our first swag masters and ran all over the state in his van and camper trailer selling NHMRO swag.

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Yet Another Form of Awareness

Last year, a column titled, “Can Awareness Ruin the Ride?” explored what motorcycle awareness means in the context of riders and those around them. We touched on May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and what that should mean to all roadway users.

Central to the concept of awareness is a human’s capability to observe, listen, and process information presented to them and make good decisions regarding their actions while operating a motor vehicle.

But what about non-human awareness? That is, are sensor-equipped machines capable of observing, listening, and processing information in and around a motor vehicle and logically reacting to conditions for which they are programmed? The answer to that is most definitely YES.

Let’s take a look at an important example in service today and explore how it and future technologies could impact motorcycling as we know it.

A clear example of non-human awareness in a motor vehicle is adaptive cruise control (ACC), also known as dynamic cruise control.

Wikipedia describes ACC as “…a type of advanced driver-assistance system for road vehicles that automatically adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead.”

Further, “Control is based on sensor information from on-board sensors. Such systems may use a radar, laser sensor or a camera setup allowing the vehicle to brake when it detects the car is approaching another vehicle ahead, then accelerate when traffic allows it to.”

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Finally, “ACC technology is regarded as a key component of future generations of intelligent cars. The technology enhances passenger safety and convenience as well as increasing road capacity by maintaining optimal separation between vehicles and reducing driver errors. Vehicles with autonomous cruise control are considered a Level 1 autonomous car, as defined by SAE International. When combined with another driver assist feature such as lane centering, the vehicle is considered a Level 2 autonomous car.”

So, is ACC a form of non-human awareness? Yes, it is, based on the description provided above.

So, does ACC make our roadways safer for motorcyclists? That’s a really good question, for which there is no clear answer, at least not yet. A key issue for two- and three-wheeled vehicle operators and passengers is whether ACC systems recognize and react appropriately under all driving conditions to their presence on the roadway. Not just 90% of the time; even 99% of the time isn’t good enough if the ACCequipped vehicle is directly behind you operating under less-than-ideal road or weather conditions.

Let’s be clear about something – the word “safety” has many meanings in the context of motor vehicle operation. Occupant safety is usually a primary goal, but the “how” and “at what cost” follow-up considerations are still hotly debated among safety advocates, legislators, government officials, manufacturers, and consumers. Who would make the decisions about what constitutes occupant safety?” That’s unknown. Could a vehicle be built with a fool-proof ACC system? Maybe, but “how” would that vehicle be designed, built, and operated and “at what cost” to the consumer? And perhaps of most importance to motorcyclists, would mandatory ACC technology find its way into two- and three-wheeled vehicles in the name of occupant safety?

Let’s not pretend this freight train hasn’t already left the station. The “computerization” of motor vehicles has been accelerating at an alarming pace as those in the safety community pressure manufacturers to embrace their vision of taking control from error-prone human operators and turning it over to machines. Are humans error-prone? YES! Are machines perfect? NO!

So, in the race to cut roadway crashes, what price will motorcyclists be forced to pay to remain part of the system? Or, worst case, if they can’t be integrated into the new reality of roadway usage, will they be excluded altogether? Don’t for a second think it can’t happen.

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In addition to non-human awareness built into motor vehicles, non-human awareness in roadway infrastructure compounds the situation because it adds layers of complication on top of an already complex system.

Remember ITS – the Intelligent Transportation System – hyped not so long ago as an answer to unintelligent roadway users? Sensors and computers, coupled with complex software algorithms, were held up as an important methodology for reducing crashes, injuries, and deaths on our roadways. Smarter vehicles, such as those equipped with ACC, offered some hope that machines could prevent some of the carnage that impaired, distracted, or just plain dumb vehicle operators can’t seem to avoid.

But every step taken toward surrendering human control to machines comes with its own set of complications. At what point does someone just get into a vehicle, announce their destination, and settle in for an array of machines in the vehicle, the infrastructure, and the cloud to get them there safely? With so much hype recently about artificial intelligence, one has to wonder if the end goal is to replace human intelligence with artificial intelligence in all facets of our lives.

Is this the direction the motorcycling community is headed? Absolutely risk-free operation with most or all decisions made by machines? Will risk-free two-wheeled operation replace the sheer joy that motorcycling brings to so many?

Motorcycling is not just another mode of transportation; it is a way of life for those who want to experience the challenges life brings. Jump into a bus if your only need is safe transportation. Jump on a motorcycle if you want to experience life with measured doses of risks and rewards.

If you want to continue riding two- and three-wheeled vehicles worth riding, make sure you don’t let those who “know better for you than you know for yourself” replace your “awareness” with something that isn’t human.

“If you ride like there’s no tomorrow, there won’t be.” – Anonymous

Ride safe, Ride S.M.A.R.T.

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Ride S.M.A.R.T.
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