ago federal grant funds were available for
motorcyclist training and awareness, and our DOT
used those funds solely to have a transportable
high-end rider education facility (the REF) built.
Since that time it has been shown to be fairly
ineffective at getting unendorsed riders to seek
training or inspiring the curious to consider trying
motorcycling as another means of transportation, which are both the reasons it was purchased for.
ABATE of WI has been against this project since
its inception because of the incredible cost of
the trailer (roughly $500 thousand) and the costs of
operation ($300 thousand per year) versus the limited
results it has produced as seen as recently as
last year when we had unendorsed riders making up
almost half of the fatalities in the State. We
have all but begged the DOT to consider taking a
more multifaceted approach at reducing fatalities
instead of putting so much funding into projects
like this that aim fatality reducing efforts
only at the motorcyclist, never addressing awareness.
Instead of listening to what motorcyclists of the
State have to say, they have done the unthinkable.
The WI DOT is building another REF.
Another Screw You, (Continued)
Latest Alert: Alerts (Continued)
Scholarships Available to Attend Heartland STEAM,
By State Office, January 19, 2013
Thank you to the ABATE of Wisconsin Members
who attended Lobby Day 2013.
(Greg Anderson, Capitol Photographer)
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