May 2017 Region 5 Newsletter

May 1st, 2017

Welcome to the May edition of the Region 5 newsletter.

State Awareness Rally and After Rally Party

Saturday May 6th, 2017

State Motorcycle Awareness Rally held in Columbus, Ohio. Ride starts at A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. Registration from 9:30AM to 11AM. Ride departs at 12 NOON.

Members from Region 5 will be traveling to Columbus as a group, meeting up at various locations along I-71. First meetup location is at the Arby's located at the Montgomery Road Exit 12 across I-71 from the Kenwood Towne Centre; we will depart from this location at 8:30AM. Second meetup location is at Country Kitchen off I-71 Exit 32 for State Route 123, to meetup with other riders; we will depart from this location at 9AM. Third meetup location is at the second I-71 rest area at mile marker 67, the last group meet before heading to Columbus; we will depart from this location at 10AM. NOTE: Departure times are one hour later than we have done in the past.

After Rally Party will be held from 1:30PM - 5:30PM at Victory's Bar located about a mile south of the State House.

State Awareness Rally Flier

Rally After Party Flier

Hocking Hills Day Ride

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Region 5 will be hosting the Hocking Hills Day Ride: an all day bike run on May 13th, with a rain date of May 20th; ride will leave from American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio at 9AM and head out to the Hocking Hills area for a full day of riding with stops at Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave, lunch stop at Jimbo’s Bar and Diner, a couple of gas stops mixed in, and ends at Ron’s Place in Blanchester. This is a FREE ride. Road Captains will be leading this ride.

Hocking Hills Day Ride Flier

Bill introduced to reopen Clear Creek Management Area - Ask your representative to support H.R. 1913!

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

On April 5, U.S. Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 1913. This bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), David Valadao (R-Calif.) and Paul Cook (R-Calif.), would reopen the Clear Creek Management Area in California for off-highway-vehicle use.

In 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management closed Clear Creek due to concerns about high levels of naturally occurring asbestos. Upon further investigation by the International Environmental Research Foundation, these concerns turned out to be unwarranted.

This legislation would direct the BLM to reopen the CCMA. This site once was considered one of the premier OHV recreation sites in the country, attracting thousands of visitors annually.

The bill also would protect 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek by designating the area the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.

This bill's passage could provide a significant boost to the local economy and expand the recreational opportunities for OHV riders across the West.

Please urge your representative to support H.R. 1913. Do so right away!

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".

Help Keep 9 Million Acres Open For OHV Use - Contact your representative Today!

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, H.R. 2044. This latest legislation, the first version of which was introduced in 1989, would designate as Wilderness 9.2 million acres in Utah, including Desolation and Labyrinth Canyons, the Dirty Devil River, Bitter Creek, White Canyon and the San Rafael Swell. This Wilderness designation would make the land off-limits to off-highway riders.

In the House, of the bill's 30 original cosponsors, not a single one represents an area that would be affected by the proposed Wilderness designation. Lowenthal, the House bill's sponsor, is from California.

The proposed area of new Wilderness designation is nearly twice the size of New Jersey.

We need your help to stop this bill because it does not conform to the original Congressional intent of a Wilderness designation "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain," and that "there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motor boats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area."

A prewritten email is available for you to send to your representative by following the "Take Action" link.

We must remain vigilant on this legislation. If this misguided effort becomes law, the effect on the OHV community would be devastating for generations. Please contact your representative right away and urge them to oppose H.R. 2044.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".

The Senate's First-ever Bipartisan Motorcycle Caucus

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

The Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation (MRF) is extremely pleased to announce the formation of the Senate’s first-ever bipartisan motorcycle caucus. Led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), the caucus will focus on issues that impact both riders and industry manufacturers.

Sen. Peters, a friend of the MRF, said of the launch, "Motorcyclists come from all walks of life, and I can't think of a better way to bring together a diverse and dedicated group of advocates to discuss everything from safety concerns to manufacturing. I'm looking forward to working with Senator Ernst as co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus to foster these important discussions and find common ground with motorcycle lovers across the country."

Once up and running, the Senate motorcycle caucus will work in partnership with the bipartisan Congressional Motorcycle Caucus (CMC) in the House of Representatives, chaired by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Michael Burgess (R-TX).

It is safe to assume that the mission of the Senate motorcycle caucus will be very similar to that of the CMC—to support riders through education and awareness in order to encourage responsible motorcycling. In addition, the CMC also serves to ensure that the motorcycling community is treated equitably by Congress as it considers infrastructure and environmental policies, safety and education programs. It serves to promote the safety of motorcyclists through the recognition of Motorcycle Awareness Month, hosting and participating in industry fly-ins, drawing attention to the national "Ride to Work Day", promoting rider awareness and safety at national events, and ensuring motorcycle safety is remembered in the transportation reauthorization process, and it works to remind vehicle operators to be aware of motorcycles with whom they share the roads and highways.

The MRF applauds the efforts of Senators Ernst and Peters and stands ready to work with both their newly-formed caucus and the CMC in regards to our 2017 legislative agenda.

Region 5 Monthly Meeting Info

Locations and times for the next Region 5 county meetings

Next Region 5 meeting for Clinton County is 11AM, May 14th at American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Next Region 5 meeting for Butler-Clermont-Hamilton counties is 11AM, May 7th at The Train Stop in Foster, Ohio.