ABATE motorcycle group to roll through Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Todd Thorson

The motorcycle rights group ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) will hold its annual ride this Saturday, May 4, and will be coming through Story City as part of a two-county journey. The Story and Boone County chapter of ABATE forms District 25, and to celebrate Motorcycle Awareness Month, the “Awareness Ride”, as it is called, takes place each year throughout the state.

“The first time I participated in the ride was in 1996,” said Don Batt, Legislative office for ABATE District 25. “The purpose of the ride is to get the public aware that motorcycles are coming out of hibernation, to be aware, and to share the raod with them.”

This year the Boone/Story group, which averages 30 to 40 riders, is traveling through five towns this Saturday, collecting proclamations from each of the communities’ mayors. Beginning in Boone around 10 a.m., they will proceed to Boxholm (10:45), then Story City, arriving here at approximately 11:45 a.m. Mayor Mike Jensen will issue his proclamation before the group heads to Colo, and finally Maxwell. The riders plan to spend around 15 to 20 minutes in each town before continuing their trek.

Each year the ABATE group writes Iowa Legislators to attend as well. This year they invited Senators Jerry Behn and Bill Dix and Representatives Chip Baltimore, Beth Wessel-Krochell, Lisa Heddens, Dave Deyoe and Rob Bacon.

“We do this to thank them for their ongoing hard work, and for their support for our organization,” said Batt. “Because of their support, the motorcyclists of Iowa still have the ‘right to choose’. We do not condone the use of motrocycle helmets, but prefer the freedom of choice, whether or not to wear one. We all know how important our freedom of choice is in this great state of Iowa.”

For many years, the Governor of Iowa hs traditionally proclaimed May as “Motorcycle Awareness Month”. In their active endeavors, the ABATE strives to promote three main programs. There is the “Share the Road” program, which they present to all types of organizations, the “Rider Education” programs that they teach in schools’ driver education classes, and “Legislative Awareness”, which continues their lobbying efforts to respective elected officials.

The citizens of Story City are encouraged to attend a short ceremony at the fire station on Saturday, May 4, at approximately 11:45 a.m. as Mayor Jensen hands over his proclamation to the motorcycle group before they continue on their ride. Come out and support these dedicated riders!