In a move that historians will later look back upon as being the death blow to motorcycle coolness, the United States Congress has recognized motorcycles and scooters as being viable transportation options for Americans.
The pro motorcycle statement was entered into the Congressional Record last month by Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus Member and House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman John Duncan (R-TN). As he gave his statement, Duncan referred to recent statement made by Obama. Duncan said, “As a Member of the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus, I would like to highlight one such choice and point out that two wheeled vehicles can be transportation options for many Americans. In his proclamation, the President called for increased transportation options that cut commuting time, ease traffic congestion, reduce oil consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Motorcycles and scooters are options that can help to meet all of these goals. Motorcycles and scooters also have the advantages of being much cheaper than cars or trucks as well as considerably easier to park – and a lot of fun to ride.”
Never willing to let a chance to talk about himself pass by untaken, Duncan added, “I own a scooter myself and I enjoy riding when I get the opportunity. I encourage all riders to get trained, licensed and obey traffic laws, and I remind all road users to be aware of motorcyclists, particularly as we move into the prime riding season in Tennessee and across the country.”