Tony Anschutz is on a mission to save lives. On August 17 Tony began a solo, two-month, 16,000-mile motorcycle adventure to raise awareness about the dangers of cell phone use while driving - a behavior that causes 636,000 crashes and 2,600 deaths annually.
Tony's "Ride the Americas" trip will take him through North American crossroads and big cities, where he will stop to meet people and advance the National Safety Council's call for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving.
For Tony, the mission is personal. Tony learned of the risk of cell phone use while driving through the loss of a 12-year-old boy named Joe, the son of Tony's friend Dave Teater.
Motorcycling is growing and rapidly becoming more mainstream at the start of the new millennium, says the latest census of two-wheeling. The number of American households that own motorcycles jumped 26 percent from 2003 to 2008, while the overall number of U.S. households increased roughly 5 percent. During the same period, the motorcycle population grew 19 percent while the U.S. population rose by about 5 percent.
These are some of the findings of the latest Motorcycle Industry Council Owner Survey, the powersport industry’s most comprehensive resource for information on U.S. motorcycle ownership, usage, demographics and trends. Motorcycling is changing with the times and along with millions more riders there are increasing percentages of women and younger riders and a shift toward riding to get around, not just to have fun.
It's official, the city of Myrtle Beach has declared they will no longer be the location for the two large spring bike rallies: The Harley Davidson Dealers Association Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest.
The city has even launched a website www.myrtlebeachbikerinfo.com, to further deter any motorcycle rider from even thinking about coming to Myrtle Beach during this time frame. Included on the site is a letter from Mayor John Rhodes on why this decision was "necessary" and a FAQ section that included this quote: