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ABATE of PA Motorcyclist Rights Rally

The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE of PA), will hold its 32nd Annual Motorcyclist Rights Rally on Monday, May 11, at noon, at the state capitol in Harrisburg. The event will kick off the 2009 riding season with a Tribute Ride to our friend the late Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. Riders will gather at the VFW Picnic Grounds in Shellsville located off Exit 80 of Interstate 81. The group will leave the campground at 10:30 AM and travel to the state capitol in Harrisburg. The ride is in honor and remembrance of a great member of ABATE of PA and a strong supporter of the organization’s legislative agenda.

Following the ride, a rally will be held in the Rotunda of the state capitol at noon. Invited guest speakers are Janine Shoap, member of the Keystone Chapter of ABATE, Representative Harry
Readshaw, Senator John Wozniak, Kevin Snyder, State Coordinator of ABATE of PA, and Charles Umbenhauer, ABATE of PA lobbyist. Governor Ed Rendell has also been invited to speak. Speakers will discuss ABATE of PA’s ongoing efforts to promote crash avoidance through proficient and safe riding by motorcyclists. Also, the hazards to motorcyclists and all motorists by in-vehicle technological distractions will be addressed.

The presentation of ABATE of PA’s prestigious Clarence D. Bell Scholarship Award will be made to Devon Collins from the Delaware Valley Chapter following the introduction of speakers. The recipients of the awards are selected based on essays and good standing in ABATE of PA. The scholarships are given in the late Senator’s honor to keep his memory alive and to encourage our younger members to further their education.

The Rights Rally is a Rain Or Shine event. All motorcyclists are invited and encouraged to participate!

A commemorative patch will be given to the first 1,000 bikers on Rally Day.

For information on ABATE of PA or the Rights Rally, visit, or call 717-731-8955.

A.B.A.T.E. is the "Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education". It is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change, public education, and charitable works. ABATE is active in the elimination of unfair legislation as it concerns motorcyclists; promoting motorcycle safety through both motorist and rider education; and improving the image of motorcyclists to the general public.
ABATE’s goal and purpose is to keep motorcyclists, members, and the public informed, to promote safe riding habits, and to encourage favorable legislation for motorcyclists. This is accomplished through a monthly newsletter, e-mail alerts, safety & education programs, working with the state and federal legislators, and voter registration promotion.
Since 1983, A.B.A.T.E. has represented the interests of motorcyclists riding Pennsylvania's roads. Through a variety of programs, A.B.A.T.E. is working to protect and preserve the rights of over 800,000 licensed motorcyclists.

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