Dixie ABATE’s Ride to the Capitol 2016 (Photo credit: Amy Waldron)
DIXIE ABATE’S 5th ANNUAL RIDE TO THE CAPITOL WAS APRIL 16, 2016
The day turned out perfect, and we all had a blast. If you rode with us, thank you! If you didn't, you missed a great bonding experience, and we hope you will join us next year.
We pulled out at exactly 11:30 AM, with a two-officer escort: one in a car, and one on a bike. Sirens wailing, they blocked traffic expertly as we made our way to the state Capitol. Since we are short-staffed and don't have anyone to do publicity for us, we only had 26 bikes, but we still stopped plenty of traffic, and we got noticed.
Once we made it to the State House, our state Director, Matthew Schroeder, said a few words. Then Randy Wood, (R-AL 36th District) spoke to us about how things work, there in the state house. Then Rick Randolph, program director for the Alabama Traffic Safety Program, spoke, and gave us statistics on wrecks for the past few years. Since MSF courses are always changing and being upgraded, he gave us an overview of all the classes they offer.
Kris Cook (state secretary/treasurer) took the podium and did a little rambling, then Matthew wrapped up the festivities and we all adjourned to the local Harley-Davidson dealer, where it was customer appreciation day, complete with hamburgers and hot dogs.
We'll do it again next year, and we hope to see YOU there!
Our last meeting was on April 2, 2016, in Millbrook, AL. Notes are attached to the right.
Our next meeting is at 2 PM at Noccalula Falls State Park, 1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden, AL, 35904, on June 25, 2016. Ride up and see the park, and hang out with us. We'll be glad to see you.
For more information, call Kris Cook at 205-617-9944 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome all - you don't have to show up on a motorcycle. If you care about motorcycling in Alabama, please come and let us hear what is on your mind.
If you are checking this website for the first time, it will be obvious to you that the website is not updated in anything remotely approaching a timely fashion. That doesn’t mean we aren’t doing anything! It just means that the person who is responsible for keeping the website updated is also the person who has a full time job, is in charge of newsletters, membership, the treasury, and communications. She also is a full time caregiver for an elder with dementia. There are only 24 hours in a day, so the website usually goes begging. Rest assured that Dixie ABATE is alive and active. And if you would like to take on the job of website manager, please contact Kris Cook at email@example.com.
KEEP IT SANE, FAIR AND MOTORCYCLE AWARE
Dixie ABATE of Alabama is a state motorcylists' rights organization (SMRO) dedicated to preserving individual freedom while promoting safety. We fully support rider training, including safety and educational programs, as well as motorcycle awareness education for all automobile drivers.
We are an active and dynamic organization, run by real people who are always ready to hear what you have to say. You can hit the Feedback button on this website and send us a message. We all work when we have to and ride when we can, and we can always use your help and participation. Let us know if you have any questions. Join us as we work toward uniting Alabama's riders so that we can help educate everyone who drives Alabama's roads and also keep an eye on Alabama's laws as they pertain to motorcycles and motorcycling.
We are gaining membership every week. Join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_181636211898 so you can keep up on what we're up to.
When it looks like we aren't doing anything, it doesn't mean that you have wasted your membership dues. Dixie ABATE is like the dragon sleeping on the treasure pile at the foot of the mountain. The dragon is still, but every would-be trespasser and thief knows he's there and respects his power. He doesn't have to blow fire all the time because of his strength and his potential for mayhem. We are only the powerful protector of rider freedom when we have the support of every rider in the state. Sportbike, adventure, and dirty riders, don't leave it to the middle-aged cruiser riders to carry the weight for you.
You ride too, and you have rights that are your responsibility to protect.
If you are not already a member of our forum, (see the "forum" button at the top of this page) please register and join the ongoing discussion. We parse the news, spice it up with plenty of argument and opinion, discuss everything under the sun related to motorcycling, and support one another as only bikers can. We post videos we find and put up pictures from our rides and meetings. We need your voice, too. Once you register, you will have to be approved, which could take a few hours. If you haven't received your approval within a day or two, email Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org.