MMA September 2022

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NEWSLETTER


Chairman Rocco W Libertine chairman@massmotorcycle.org 413.768.8118

Director at Large Kevin Griffin directoratlarge@massmotorcycle.org

State Director Rocco W Libertine statedirector@massmotorcycle.org

Recording Secretary Bruce Arsenault secretary@massmotorcycle.org

Treasurer Elaine Griffin treasurer@massmotorcycle.org

Merchandise Manager Laurie Horn products@massmotorcycle.org

Vice Chairman OPEN

Business Manager OPEN

Safety & Education Manager OPEN

Director of Off-Road Riding OPEN

Director of Public Relations OPEN

Membership Manager Bruce Arsenault membershipmanager@massmotorcycle.org

Website Administrator OPEN

Newsletter Editor Deb Stoodley Dbethgray@gmail.com

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The main purpose of the association is to work toward continued freedom of the road by insuring that motorcyclist’s point of view is presented to our legislators and to promote motorcycle safety, rider education and public awareness. We are trying to alleviate the very real possibility of “Big Brother Government”. We encourage all our members to be informed registered voters. We write letters to our elected officials and stay aware of what is going on with motorcycle legislation, and other transportation issues. We welcome interested parties to any of our activities or to join our organization.

MAILING ADDRESS

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All articles and photo’s within the contents of this newsletter and our website are the property of Massachusetts Motorcycle Association You may not use them without the express written consent of the newsletter editor, webmaster or the association board.

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Association encourages all members to submit letters, articles or cartoons they feel may be of interest to fellow MMA members. MMA supports the rights of ALL motorcyclists, Massachusetts Motorcycle Association does not endorse any products or services other than its own.

The thoughts and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the individual contributors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the MMA board and it’s members. Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication


As discussed in previous newsletters, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation is developing a Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Following are excerpts from the most recent draft. Of note is the goal of ZERO fatalities and serious injury, an admirable goal, but is it a realistic goal only achieved with the most draconian measures. You can see that there are 61 strategies, 283 direct actions and 5 legislative proposals. These 61 strategies, 283 actions and 5 legislative proposals have the potential to impact motorcycling in Massachusetts in a very positive way if implemented with reason, but they are just as likely to be forced upon motorcyclists in an unforgiving manor. Government works best when Stakeholders are involved in the decision making. The MMA will stay involved in the process. Your involvement and support for the MMA will help this turn out for the best. This plan has me thinking about the saying “I’m here from the government and I’m here to help.” Call me paranoid but we need to watch out. Again the final plan must be presented to the Governor for signature before the end of this year. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. Kevin G.

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2023 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) DRAFT INTRODUCTION Vision & Approach Massachusetts is committed to the goal of zero roadway fatalities and serious injuries To achieve zero roadway fatalities and serious injuries, Massachusetts is taking a Safe System approach, a USDOT-endorsed framework for addressing roadway safety holistically as a system Motor vehicle-involved fatalities increased in 2020 and continued to rise in 2021, in both Massachusetts and the nation as a whole Emphasis Area

Fatalities 2016

Motorcycle Motorcycle

44

2017

51 44

2018

57 51

Serious Injuries 2019

46 57

2020

58 46

2016

310 58

2017

268 310

2018

236 268

2019

2020

319 236

334 319

Short-Term Goals from Last SHSP and Trend Since Last SHSP The previous SHSP, published in 2018, outlined a range of strategies for action which have made strides in advancing roadway safety. The 2018 SHSP included an implementation plan consisting of 61 specific strategies, 283 direct actions, and five legislative proposals. The five legislative recommendations included: hands-free driving, primary seat belt usage, work zone safety, ignition interlock for all offenders, a requirement for truck side guards for certain vehicles, and enabling municipalities the ability to use “opt-in” authority to pursue automated enforcement. What is the Safe System Approach? The Safe System Approach aims to eliminate roadway fatalities and serious injuries using six principles. 1. Death and Serious Injuries are Unacceptable: 2. Humans Make Mistakes: 3. Humans Are Vulnerable: 4. Responsibility is Shared: 5. Safety is Proactive: Redundancy is Crucial: A Safe System encourages safe roads, safe road users, safe vehicles, effective post-crash care, safe speeds, and changing safety culture. Guiding Strategies Champion Adoption of the Safe System Approach Consider Equity Issues Teach by Example Support Municipalities and Other Public Entities to Address Safety Locally/Regionally Partner with External Partners and Private Industry to Improve Safety ACTION PLAN (Performance Measures to be added) Implement Speed Management to Realize Safer Speeds Address Highest Risk Areas Take Active Role in Vehicle Design Accelerate Research and Adoption of Technology Double Down on What Works Expand Education/Awareness for the Public Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Does Not Endorse Any Advertiser or Product In This Publication

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Time for a New Sign Over a decade ago I placed a Motorcycle Safety banner at the American Legion Post 207 on Park Street in West Springfield. The sign has held up very well over the years of rain, snow and heat. This year was the time to replace that old worn out sign with a new one that bears the “LOOK for MOTORCYCLES” logo. Although the new sign reads a little differently from the old one, the message is the same. The bottom line is that when it comes to the motorcycling community, The MMA is still all about safety and awareness. These signs are provided by the donations we receive from our MMA supporters. Proceeds from the Raffle Bike ticket sales are used to continue this program. Bruce Arsenault, Secretary

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MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION – MEETING OF THE MINDS 2022 "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." – Thomas Jefferson For nearly forty years, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation has been eternal vigilant. Nothing demonstrates more the MRF’s commitment to freedom and liberty than the MRF’s ongoing presence on Capitol Hill and the offices of members of Congress. Eternal vigilance comes from an unyielding commitment by the MRF that goes to the roots of the nation’s premier bikers’ rights advocacy organization – the Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference. The 38th Annual Meeting of the Minds, scheduled for September 22-25 in Des Moines Iowa, will do everything to reinforce the MRF’s commitment to motorcyclists’ rights and staying eternal vigilant. Charlie “Chopper” Gilmore – U.S. Army veteran, motorcycle restorer, and freedom fighter is on deck as just one of the presenters at the 2022 Meeting of the Minds. His presentation – The Price of Freedom – is taken from life experiences and will certainly motivate and inspire attendees. Plus, the conference is sure to reinforce the MRF’s commitment eternal vigilance. The Meeting of the Minds – renewing old friendships and making new ones. The Meeting of the Minds – three days of nuts-and-bolts workshops to augment the tools needed to promote and protect the rights of all motorcyclists. The Meeting of the Minds – more than a dozen presentations and workshops to build and strengthen individual’s and state motorcyclists’ rights organization’s commitment to protecting the freedoms motorcycling brings us all. Workshops and presentations include but are not limited to: Up-to-the-minute Legislative Updates The necessity of Political Action Committees Riding skill enhancement What aging demographics means to motorcycling The Motorcycle Riders Foundation lives and understands Eternal Vigilance… understands The Blessings of Freedom… and understands the commitments needed to protect rights, liberty, freedom, and our motorcycles from the pending siege from over-regulating and callous bureaucracies. Jefferson, Paine, and a host of others took stands to promote and defend the freedoms that all motorcyclists’ rights advocates understand. The Meeting of the Minds – September 22-25, Marriott Downtown Des Moines, 700 Grand Avenue. Use this link to Book your group rate for Motorcycle Riders Foundation Annual Meeting 2022. Or call (888) 236-2427 and mention Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) when you make reservations. Use this link to register for the conference Meeting of the Minds 2022. Last Day to Book: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Thank you for your support of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and we look forward to seeing you in Des Moines for the 38th Annual Meeting of the Minds.

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DEB STOODLEY Editor

It all started with a simple Instagram post with #fuckcancer on August 3, 2022. Graeme Richard was asking for help supporting his Dad while he begins his fight against Stage Four Brain Cancer. Graeme is your typical young man who rides motorcycles, following in the tradition of his Father. It is only natural for them to have some connections in the riding community, so word spread quickly and on August 7, just four days later, we rode through his Dad’s neighborhood while he stood outside to watch well over 100 bikes cruise through, escorted by the local police and fire departments. After the ride, we all gathered on the town common in Phillipston to enjoy some refreshments provided by Lee’s Hotdog Stand. The proceeds were forwarded to Cancer treatment/research in one way or another. It was a great day and will leave an impression on each of us in attendance. Graeme was beyond shocked at the number of people that turned out. This is the power of the Biker Community when we band together. Unfortunately, a great deal of people still carry on the notion that a biker is nothing but trouble. If we all do our part to share experiences like these with the public, maybe we can change that mind set – if even just a little bit at a time. I challenge each of my readers to share with us an event that is either upcoming up or that you have experienced recently. Together, we can destroy the negative image that has dominated the public opinion of the Motorcyclist for so many years. As always… Ride safe.

Email any photos or articles or share any feedback you may have with me at Dbethgray@gmail.com Here are a few of mine…

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1)… To initiate , endorse and sponsor educational programs such as rider safety, public awareness, legislative and affirmative action and, individual freedoms and rights. 2)… To create and promote a positive public image of motorcyclists and motorcycle groups and to dispel and disprove media hype, unfounded propaganda and the “Hollywood” image. 3)… To encourage goodwill and mutual understanding among motorcyclists, law enforcement personnel and the general public. 4)… To serve as an information source on matters pertaining to current laws, pending legislation, personal rights, political inclinations of elected officials and their constituents, and voter awareness. 5)… To act as a central responsive agency to devise and coordinate recreational, legislative, educational, and charitable activities

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Agawam...Bruce Arsenault Bedford...John Pecora

413 250-8539

Brubike95@juno.com

617 590-1781

J.M.pecora@verizon.net

Bellingham...Kurt Van Vloten 508 409-1109 Kvanvloten@gmail.com Bernardston...Rocco Libertine Chicopee...Bob Kaine Alves Erving...Mike Pierce

413 768-8118 413 531-1073

413 348-2830

Rocco4par@aol.com RZNKaine@gmail.com

Mike33469@verizon.net

Fitchburg...Patriot Riders of America Ch.3 Petemmaworcesterco@gmail.com Gardner...Sandy Crossman Lynn...Bill Mannell

978 833-1652

617 791-2387

Sdesires@aol.com

Wildbill106@comcast.net

Marlborough...Lou Papile 508 481-7380 Loujr@engraveablesma.com Milford...Laurie Horn 508 813-6596 Lady_rides_harley@hotmail.com Peabody...Kevin Raiche

781 858-8884

Plymouth...Kevin Griffin 508 888-2210 Randolf...Ray Pike

781 248-1724

Royalston...Deb Stoodley

93heritage@gmail.com

Kevingmma2@yahoo.com Motopyker66@hotmail.com

978 413-9535

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Shrewsbury...Rachel Ingham 508 864-9166 Rachelingham63@gmail.com Southampton...Roy Lapan

413 533-4328

W. Springfield...Robbyn Kibler

413 304-0974

Britbike74@aol.com Robbyn09@gmail.com

W. Yarmouth...Lionel Souza 508 280-7977 Lionelsprinters@yahoo.com

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Elaine Griffin TREASURER Save the date! The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association plans to hold it's annual meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2022. This special board meeting is held once a year and includes the election of new officers. Any member interested in any open volunteer positions should attend. All positions are volunteer. All members are encouraged to participate in the meeting itself. The annual legislative planning meeting will immediately follow. This is when the MMA decides what legislative agenda they will promote for the coming 2 year session. This is a day long event and as members you can participate in either or both meetings. Please consider attending. Watch the newsletter for further updates and information. Elaine Griffin, Treasurer

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Association State Membership ANNUAL DUES INFORMATION

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association Membership Dues & Renewal Fees Donation

Duration

Individual Membership

$25

12 Months

Family Membership

$35

12 Months

Individual Membership – Two Year

$45

24 Months

Family Membership – Two Year

$65

24 Months

Gold Card Business Sponsorship

$100

12 Months

Individual Life Member

$350

Life

Family Life Membership

$500

Life

Membership Type

SINGLE

FAMILY

…What are the membership rewards ?

MMA Members Receive… FREE $4,000.00 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Life Insurance Policy. Applications are sent bi-annually to current members with the option of purchasing additional coverage

A friendly entrance into the biker community When you join you receive your MMA patch, membership card, welcome letter and insurance.

https://mma.clubexpress.com/

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History of the MRF 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri. There, the very founders of the motorcyclists’ rights movement in America gathered for a meeting of the minds. So, at a meeting of the minds of grassroots leaders, a new leader was born: The Motorcycle Riders Foundation. The first motorcyclists’ rights advocacy organization with a full-time legislative and political presence in our nation’s capital. The only Washington voice devoted exclusively to you, the street rider. And each year, the leaders of the nowworldwide community gather for motorcycling’s premier political leadership summit — named to commemorate the gathering at which we were founded: The MRF Meeting of the Minds.

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