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From: A.C. Reeves
Received: Oct. 8
As a responsible motorcyclist of many years and a concerned citizen, I am writing about the incident that occurred in New York City on Sept. 29 involving a family in an SUV and some motorcyclists.
I am troubled by the serious injuries caused by the SUV driver as well as actions of some of the cyclists who apparently decided to take the law into their own hands. Some in the media have reported the facts, but others are sensationalizing the story. I urge you to report this incident factually and objectively.
As you know from previous articles in The Republic, I ride responsibly and do my best to represent motorcycling in a positive light. I am a member of the American Motorcycle Association, ABATE of Indiana, as well as other civic and veterans organizations. I have participated in rides with the governor of Indiana, as well as in Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown’s rides.
Most of us who ride support rider education and often participate in fundraisers for charitable causes in our communities. The safety of all road users, especially cyclists, is of utmost concern to me, and the riders I know do not support the actions of any road users that violate the law.
Each year the American Motorcycle Association sanctions hundreds of well-organized recreational events. At these functions, law-abiding motorcyclists and families gather to enjoy camaraderie and spend their tourist dollars in host cities and surrounding communities.
A few weeks ago I participated, along with others from this area, by joining a group riding old Route 66 from Chicago to California. Not only is it a historic route of beautiful parts of the U.S., but this group raises funds along the way for the American Cancer Society.
One unfortunate incident as noted above, reported frequently by the media, can create a false image of all cyclists for the public. Motorcycling has become an enjoyable mainstream activity enjoyed by folks from all walks of life, from professionals to everyday people.
Almost anyone today has a family member, neighbor or friend who rides. The actions of those portrayed in the New York video do not represent me, my friends or the vast majority of the 27 million cyclists in America.
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