A resolution introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, was unanimously adopted by the House last week, designating May 2012 as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."
House Resolution 589 noted there are more than 388,000 registered motorcycles and more than 828,000 licensed motorcycle operators in Pennsylvania.
"Motorcycles are a safe and fuel efficient way to travel the streets and highways of Pennsylvania," Mr. Readshaw said. "I encourage all Pennsylvanians to enjoy the use of motorcycles, as long as the utmost safety is followed.
"I am proud to be part of the efforts in May to promote highway safety and encourage other motor vehicle operators to recognize and participate in motorcycle safety training," Mr. Readshaw said. "Throughout the month of May, the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Dealers Association are continuing their advocacy of motorcycle safety."
According to the Department of Transportation, 3,756 motorcycle accidents occurred in 2009, resulting in 204 fatalities. Helmets were worn in 98 of those incidents.
Mr. Readshaw said over the past 11 years, ABATE has supported his efforts to raise money for the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monument Project, founded in 1997, which initially provided money to clean and restore the Pennsylvania monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park and now funds the endowment fund to preserve these "Icons of Freedom" for future generations.
"I invite all to join us for this year's upcoming ride on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Capitol," Mr. Readshaw said. "We meet in front of the fountain on Commonwealth Avenue for registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. sharp, we head south, riding to Gettysburg Battlefield Harley for lunch."
The money raised from this ride benefits the PA Gettysburg Monument Endowment Trust fund and the historic Daniel Lady Farm, located on the Hanover Road, Gettysburg. The farm was used as a staging area for the Confederate attack on Culp's Hill and both the house and barn were used as first aid stations for the Confederate troops during the Battle of Gettysburg.
For future updates on the ride, call 717-731-8955 or check ABATE's website at www.abate.org. Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project information is available by calling Readshaw's Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or by emailing Gettysburg@pahouse.net.