We Need YOUR Voice to Get Things Done
By Dave Chubby Charlebois
For the last forty-three years ABATE of WI has
fought for the rights and freedoms of all
motorcyclists on our roads. Our success has come
in waves, with a lot of highs and lows along the
way to ultimately achieving our goals. Over the
years we have modified our methods to be more
accepted both among the legislature and with the
general public. Always seeking acceptance without
privilege, working with stakeholders, and even
utilizing a little compromise without giving up
our freedoms has produced positive results for not
only all motorcyclists in our great state but all
roadway users have benefited whether they realize
it or not.
I can say that this year has ended in a positive
note with the passing of our ROW bill that
protects all roadway users from irresponsible
drivers but I believe that would be selling things
short. We still have time left in this legislative
session to finish at least one more bill on our
wish list. Whether it's our
Autocycle/Definition of a motorcycle legislation,
or our vehicle data recorder bill there is still
time to get things done. We have sponsors,
support, and momentum on our side. Now we need
voices to get things done.
I regularly use analogies and definitions to
explain in common language what we are trying to
achieve but for the first time I am going to use a
scientific formula to encourage your action in
achieving our goals. Ft = Δmv is the formula
for momentum. Force X time = change in mass X
velocity. Basically we can either push something
with less force for a long period of time to
achieve our goals or we can increase the force
thus reducing the time to achieve the same result.
We have one of our three legislative goals out of
the way with almost unanimous support and we
currently have the momentum to achieve the rest of
our goals if we just increase the force. That is
what your voice is needed for. As much as I
consider ourselves freedom fighters or legislative
warriors, we are actually force multipliers and
it's time to show our legislators just how
large of a force multiplier we really are.
What can you do to help us keep and increase our
momentum? Go to meetings and learn our positions
so that you're comfortable making them your own.
Follow us on Facebook (even if you're not on
Facebook) by searching @abatewisconsin in Google
(you will be able to see the page if you don't
have a Facebook account but you won't be able to
post on it without an account), and sign up for
our legislative alerts. This will give you the most up
to date bus/travel information plus we will be
updating our group appointments as they come in.
We are continuing to work with stakeholders on
these bills so by being connected with us you will
be able to follow our progress leading up to our
Biker Day at the Capitol January 23rd.
Why such a rush? Although we always try to
schedule our lobby day far in advance, the
biennial calendar used by the legislature always
leaves us rushing to finish our agenda before
legislators go into campaign mode. We need our
voices heard loudly before there is no time to
finish and the session ends (in March). We have
two short months to accomplish this so it's
time to utilize every tool in our toolbox.
With the success of our Storm the Capitol event in
October we have the ability to keep the momentum
on our side and achieve our ultimate goal of
passing all three of our legislative concerns
before this session ends and then join legislators
during campaign season to express our thanks for
their efforts. I hope it's time for you to
decide to be the ultimate force multiplier and be
a part of motorcycle history. I'll see you
at the Capitol on January 23!
Charlebois, Dave Chubby. "We Need YOUR Voice to Get Things Done." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Dec. 2017.