Press release submitted by Tim Wassell, promotional director of the Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Council.|
The BI-STATE Motorcycle Awareness Council was founded in 1985 by Jim Barnes. Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor at Eastern Iowa Community College. The sole purpose was to join together the states of Iowa and Illinois in promoting motorcycle awareness among motorists. This goal is accomplished through the joint efforts of local motorcycle groups. With their perseverance and hard work, this has become the largest 2 state motorcycle awareness ride in the nation.
Proclamations are received from Governors, Senators, and Mayors of the two state area, proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. By doing this, the Council is able to attract media attention that reminds the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways. These proclamations are presented at the annual Motorcycle Awareness Proclamation Ride, which is held every year on the 1st SATURDAY OF MAY.
Though the primary purpose is promoting motorcycle awareness and safety, the Council has adopted the Quad Cities Children Therapy Center as the benefactor of donated funds which the ride raises. The Council is able to raise theses funds to support the cause through the sale of event shirts, ride pins, 50/50 drawings, and other solicited donations.
Starting in 2008 we changed to pay to ride format. This is due to an estimated $3000 to $4000 projected charge for Police work. A number of the cities that provided free services in the past are charging police assistance fees. We will be initiating a pre-registration to try to provide funding for the police services.
The annual police escorted ride is, alcohol free, and open to all street legal motorcycles, Start at Rock Island County Fairgrounds 4200 Archer Drive East Moline, Illinois and ends at Davenport West High School 3505 W Locust Street Davenport, Iowa . Currently there are twelve different motorcycle clubs and associations represented on the non-political Council. Because of the diversity of the membership, the Council does not endorse nor promote any special interest persons, groups, or issues.
Registration information is available at the Councils web site @www.awarenessride.com