Delray Beach, Florida. Motorcyclists Prevail.

This is the story of a beautiful small South Florida city called Delray Beach, only 5 miles away from where I live and work (Boca-Raton). During the last 10 years, the downtown was renovated and became a very trendy place full of cool shops and terrace restaurants. Ten years ago, a biker bar (still there on Atlantic Avenue) was responsible for giving life to the city and bringing some business to merchants. Now that Delray Beach is a hip place, some shops & restaurants complained to the city officials stating that some motorcyclists are revving their engines as they cruise the café-lined corridor of Atlantic Avenue. So, Mayor Rita Ellis decided to ban all motorcycles on a long stretch of this Avenue. The measure drew outrage from the motorcycle community, prompting what bikers do the best, a rally protest. Officials were also inundated with e-mails and calls from all over the country asking them to reconsider. As said Jimbo Sherrow, vice president of the motorcycle rights group ABATE. "There is a state statute that says they cannot do this". The reason is simple: legal vehicles cannot be banned from any public streets. Immediately, city officials unanimously voted to amend their noise abatement law. Instead, they decided to commission a study to find out how much of the noise on Atlantic Avenue can be blamed on motorcycles and hope to have results in 90 days. Groups such as the American Motorcycle Association and ABATE will help come up with a solution that doesn’t disenfranchise motorcycles from the downtown area. So, now Delray Beach officials are going to really look at this issue, which is what they should have done before passing any law. Conclusion: know your rights, fight for them and the power of the motorcycle community will always prevail.

3 Responses to “Delray Beach, Florida. Motorcyclists Prevail.”

  1. 1 Rick Oct 28th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Stand up and fight for your rights.

  2. 2 Rogue Oct 29th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    It should be noted that American Motorcycle Association, ABATE, the Enforcers Notorcycle Club and others all worked together on this.
    Their approaches were different and there has been some difference of opinion on who is responsible for the success so far.
    There have been some claiming victory for defeating this proposal when in fact it is only a tempory victory.
    Those that are interested should plan on attending all meetings until this is officially defeated. Many times people pushing items like this will just wait and try to sneak it back in when they think no one is looking.
    If that happens then organizations and indivuals would have to file law suits against the city. This is time consuming and expensive and will definately cost the city But the motorcyclist will eventually win.
    It is more important than just Delray Beach because if it is succesfull there othere will try it elsewhere.
    The AMA has been very successful in winning this type of thing around the country and because of their experience in that and the other things they do I am requesting that all motorcycle riders join their organization.
    Once you become a member you can contact them as I did and ask them to interced on your behalf on issues like this.
    Even though there are Motorcycle Rights Organizations that are involved it is still the responsibility of each and everyone of us to contact our elected officiald directly and let them know our position on any and everything that affects our lifestle.
    I do and will contimue to do so. I hope you will also. It does not take that much time and it does make a big difference.

  3. 3 Rogue Oct 29th, 2007 at 11:10 am

    OOPS No Spell Check.
    Sorry it should have said Enforcers Motorcycle Club.
    The organization is made up of people involved in Law Enforcement

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