Accomplishing its primary legislative objective has been a double-edged sword for A.B.A.T.E. of PA.
A.B.A.T.E. of PA is about motorcyclists rights and helping the community. Since the helmet law reform, A.B.A.T.E. of PA has become the primary influence for motorcycle safety in the legislature. Forging new ties with PennDOT, A.B.A.T.E. of PA is working to create road conditions that benefit motorcycle safety, promoting motorcycle rider education, and education of the driving public about motorcycles. Our success in the Legislature and the removal of the helmet issue as a controversial subject has opened many new doors.
On the other hand, a significant number of A.B.A.T.E. of PA members who have been active for many years want to take a well-deserved break. This puts pressure on the organization to bring in new members who are equally committed to the cause of protecting motorcyclists rights in Pennsylvania.
A.B.A.T.E. of PAs membership levels have historically fluctuated at around 1% of the states motorcycling population.
The future of A.B.A.T.E. of PA will revolve around its continued ability to engage the motorcycling public in Pennsylvania in protecting its interests.
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Author's Note: This article was first written in 2006. Valuable information came from a variety of sources, in particular from an AMA article published in 2001 and an old article by Bill Bish.
I'd like to thank them and the other sources for the help. Kevin Snyder