Just part of the line of motorcycles participating in Dixie ABATE's 2013 Ride to the Capitol
YEAR TWO: DIXIE ABATE RIDES TO THE STATE CAPITOL AGAIN
Dixie ABATE's second annual Ride to the Capitol took place on the most beautiful day imaginable. Everyone froze half to death getting there, but when we actually left the staging area at 11:30 AM to ride to the steps of the capitol building, it had warmed up and was bright and clear. We were again escorted by excellent motor officers from the Montgomery Police Department. As you can see from the picture, it was an impressive parade of bikes. We always get a lot of attention, rumbling through the heart of town.
Why do we do it? It's not for the exciting ride, since the actual ride itself is a short seven miles on a straight road. We do it for three reasons. First, it is attended by many different groups of riders whose paths might not necessarily ever cross. All these riders feel strongly about the reasons we do this ride, so the shared passion bonds us and gives us a vehicle for open communication. We all need to know one another. No matter what kind of rider we are, we share a concern for staying alive on the road and we also share a fierce passion that will not allow any encroachment on the freedom we live and breathe for.
Second, it is always covered by media, which helps us get the message to the public that we are out in great numbers on our shared roadways, and it is critical that they stay alert and consciously look for us every second they are behind the wheel. It seems like more and more drivers treat the actual act of driving as secondary to staying entertained and communicating when they are on the road. This lackadaisical attitude is killing riders.
Third, even though our legislators are not in town that day so we are not able to visit them, just getting all those riders to the location of the heart of our state government helps them feel more comfortable to go there. Our hope is for every Dixie ABATE member to be on a first name basis with his or her legislators. The people who make our laws must be aware that we are interested in every move they make in Montgomery and that they have us to go to when they are faced with a decision regarding legislation that affects us. They are not the experts on the subject of motorcycle laws – we are. If they know us and know we are easily accessible and open to dialogue, they will remember us when they have a bill in front of them that we can help them with.
Three speakers addressed the crowd: Rick Randolph, Program Manager, Alabama Traffic Safety Center; Dave Reid, National President, In-Country MC; and Don Redman, founder of BamaRides.com and AMGRASS.com. All three gave great talks and were well received.
The Montgomery HOG chapter hosted us with a free hot dog lunch afterward, for which we are very grateful.
We will be setting the date for next year's ride a little later in the year. We have it as close as we can to the first of May, since May is Motorcycle Awareness month. Please keep an eye on Dixie ABATE and plan to join us in 2014 in this all-important effort. You will be glad you did.
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.
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