History of ABATE of Colorado

Part 1

My name is Ben Hochberg; I am the Director of Rider Education for ABATE of Colorado's Rider Education Division. Our State Board of Directors has asked me to provide a history of our rider education program. It's a great idea, because a significant percentage of ABATE's membership, and a huge percentage of the motorcycle-riding public, know little, if anything at all about our program, even though rider ed is a big part of what we do at ABATE. Another benefit is that this will enable me and others who are already associated with the program to achieve a better understanding of how we got to where we are today; and this understanding can help guide us into the future.  MORE...

 

Part 2

Greetings, ABATE members! In the last issue of the Spokesman, I described how our Rider Education Division fits into to the general scheme of things at ABATE of Colorado. Now, let's get into the actual history of how and when it happened. As mentioned in the previous article, research for this installment is taken primarily from reports written by Erik Erikson, which were located in our files here at the office. If any of you have additions or corrections, or notice any glaring omissions, please let me know.  MORE...

 

Part 3

Colorado's M.O.S.T. Program, and M.S.F.

I'm back with another installment of the history of ABATE of Colorado's Rider Education Division.  This time we'll deal with the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (M.O.S.T.) Program, with a little bit about the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (M.S.F.), too.   MORE...

 

Part 4

Greetings, readers of the Spokesman!  Earlier this year, I submitted a series of three articles on the history of ABATE of Colorado's Rider Education Division.  One of the installments dealt with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and with the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training office of CDOT, and the other two installments were actually the history of our rider ed. division.  The articles dealt with our program up until 1995;  I promised another installment to cover 1995 to the present, and this is it.  MORE...

 

Part 5

Greetings, once again, readers of the Spokesman. Welcome to another installment of ABATE's Rider Ed history. The last one was in 2003 – has it really been that long? – so it's time for an update.

Picking up where we left off last time, we shall start with 2004. ABATE had training sites at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Longmont High School, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), Aims Community College, Colorado State University (CSU) at Pueblo, and the Mobile Program was being used at Summit High School (SHS). During the year we bid for, and won, the training contract at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. This is a one-year contract, and the Army has the option of renewing for up to four more years. Additionally, ABATE was asked to become the training provider at two Front Range Community College (FRCC) campuses, one in Westminster and one in Fort Collins. We ceased training at Longmont due to management issues and used the bikes there to help supply the new sites. Also, we began presenting experienced rider courses at the Post Time Dog Track in Colorado Springs, sharing the facility with Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge program, which conducts basic rider courses there.  MORE...

 

Part 6

Hello again, Colorado Spokesman readers. This is Part Six in a series of articles on the history of ABATE's Rider Ed division. Part Five began with 2004 and ended with 2005.

It's now February, 2006; we are going to train this year at the same 10 sites we used last year:  MORE...

 

 

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A HISTORY OF ABATE OF COLORADO'S RIDER EDUCATION DIVISION (Part Five)
by Ben Hochberg

Greetings, once again, readers of the Spokesman. Welcome to another installment of ABATE's Rider Ed history. The last one was in 2003 – has it really been that long? – so it's time for an update.

Picking up where we left off last time, we shall start with 2004. ABATE had training sites at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Longmont High School, Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), Aims Community College, Colorado State University (CSU) at Pueblo, and the Mobile Program was being used at Summit High School (SHS). During the year we bid for, and won, the training contract at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. This is a one-year contract, and the Army has the option of renewing for up to four more years. Additionally, ABATE was asked to become the training provider at two Front Range Community College (FRCC) campuses, one in Westminster and one in Fort Collins. We ceased training at Longmont due to management issues and used the bikes there to help supply the new sites. Also, we began presenting experienced rider courses at the Post Time Dog Track in Colorado Springs, sharing the facility with Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge program, which conducts basic rider courses there.
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