October 13, 2017
Hundreds of Wisconsin Bikers Stormed the Capital
Hundreds of Wisconsin bikers roared into the Capital yesterday to let their voices, and their bikes, be heard! Each year ABATE of Wisconsin hosts a Lobby Day at the Capital giving motorcyclists throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to speak with their legislators about issues that concern them. This visit to the Capital, however, was a complete surprise to those in Madison. The bikers showed up in force to get the attention of every office at the Capital. While some of the grassroots lobbyists went inside to visit their elected officials, others stayed outside riding around the Capital and making their presence known.
Why would bikers get on their bikes and ride to Madison on a cold and rainy Thursday? “The issues affecting motorcyclists across this state are important enough to them that they took a day off of work, and rearranged their schedules to have their voices heard”, Steve Panten Legislative Director of ABATE of Wisconsin said to answer that question. Those issues include Right of Way (ROW) violations creating stronger penalties for individuals who cause bodily harm or death for motorcyclists, protecting a person’s privacy by defining the ownership of Vehicle Data Recorders, and defining a motorcycle to remove vehicles with steering wheel and gas and brake pedals.
When asked how the day went, ABATE of Wisconsin members said they came to be heard by their State Legislators and they were. Their efforts showed the State of Wisconsin Legislators that bikers mean business and their actions proved that yesterday!
ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) is a bi-partisan grass roots organization with a goal to give the motorcyclists of Wisconsin a strong, united voice with regard to their future, their way of life, their safety and their legal rights as motorcyclists and citizens.