A Brief History of ABATE of Colorado
by former State Coordinator Mark Buckner, written in September, 1995
ABATE of Colorado was incorporated on August 3, 1983 in Sterling, Colorado. Sterling's District 1 held their first meeting on August 21st of that year and quickly grew from 83 original members to about 150 members by the fall. February of 1984 saw Districts 2 and 3 open in Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins respectively, followed in April by District 4 in Craig. Denver's District 5 opened in the fall of 1984, Salida's District 6 in March of 1985, and Pueblo's District 7 in December of 1985. This group made up the original districts of ABATE of Colorado. All of them except District 5 folded over the next thirty months due to internal strife, problems related to the direction the organization was taking, and lack of effective leadership. Since that time, ABATE Districts 2, 6 and 7 have been reorganized. MORE...
A Brief History of the
Motorcycle Rights Movement
By Former State Coordinator Deb Craig
It should be understood that, no matter what one's personal choice concerning helmet use is, the motorcycle rights movement originally began as a natural reaction to helmet laws.
The First National Helmet Law was passed in 1966 under the Federal Highway Act, which included withholding of highway construction funds for any state which did not enact motorcycle helmet use and licensing requirement laws. At that time, there was really no such thing as "motorcycle rights" and, between 1967 and 1970, almost every state that didn't already have full coverage laws passed one, with Georgia, and then Missouri, taking the lead. The exceptions were California and Illinois. (Note: Illinois actually passed a helmet law, but it was repealed six months later on constitutional grounds; California eventually went to a fifteen and under law.) MORE...
Still the Same
by Mark Buckner, Founder - Bikepac of Colorado
There's an old saying that goes, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." For those us in the biker's rights movement, those words are especially true. We need to understand our history if we're going to continue to grow. We need to realize that the goals and objectives we started out with are the same ones we have today, and that even though there have been changes in the issues we face and in how we do things, the basic principles remain. With that in mind, let's take a trip down memory lane, and see where the MRF fits into this picture. MORE....