American Bikers Aimed Toward Education is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "...preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operating practices of Ohio Motorcyclists."
ABATE is a freedom of choice organization, dedicated to the premise that the individual is best suited to decide the type of motorcycle to ride, the type of safety gear to wear, and their own personal lifestyle.
The primary objective of ABATE is to monitor legislative activity in regard to laws affecting motorcyclists, especially those designed to limit our freedom of choice, and to encourage all members to become politically involved in order to effect positive legislation and deter that of a negative nature. Through public forums, writing letters and meeting elected representatives, ABATE members have the opportunity to present their side of the issues and educate governmental leaders about the needs of Ohio motorcyclists.
Legislative Directors on the state and regional levels help to coordinate these efforts, and, when necessary, provide a communication link between the organization and elected officials. Other goals include:
Mounting vigorous campaigns for motorcycle rider education and related safety programs. Raising political awareness and encouraging members to register and vote.
Supporting the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), and other motorcyclist rights organizations around the nation.
Dissemination of motorcycling related information, staging events for members, raising of funds for charitable causes, and general promotion of motorcycling!
ABATE of Ohio, Inc. has been instrumental in promoting the interests of Ohio motorcyclists in many areas. ABATE worked to get legislation passed to create the Ohio Motorcycle Enrichment Program. The Enrichment Program continues to train thousands of new motorcyclists each year and offers a course for the experienced rider.
Each May, ABATE, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, co-sponsors the Motorcycle Awareness Rally in our state capitol to raise public awareness of the fact that, with the coming of spring, motorcycles are back on the road. Through regional programs, ABATE members have staged and participated in events that have raised tens of thousands of dollars, or collected much needed items such as clothing, toys, etc. for charitable causes.
Perhaps our greatest achievement is the creation of an organization that enables you to become educated, both politically and in safe operating practices; an organization that offers you activities and brotherhood with fellow motorcyclists; an organization that will stand up and fight for all motorcyclists, and works to ensure that we and our children will be able to enjoy the freedoms that we hold so dear.
ABATE of Ohio, Inc. is open to all persons 18 years or older having an interest in preserving personal freedoms and sharing our goals. Owning a motorcycle is not necessary, Dues assessed yearly: Single: $30.00; Couple: $50.00
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER (The Outspokin’)
ABATE of Ohio, Inc. members receive a monthly newsletter (in magazine form) covering important issues and events at local, regional, national, and international levels. Other benefits of membership include member discounts at participating business sponsors, the ABATE Legal Services Program, and affordable motorcycle insurance for members.