Share the Road
By Bill Kingsley
"The more distractions you eliminate from within
your vehicle the safer the roads will be -
especially for motorcyclists." - Steve
First off ... Thanks to all our STR Instructors and
District Coordinators for attending our recent STR
Program training. I appreciate the time you took
to attend, your commitment and positive impact you
have in making our roadways safer! Special thanks
to Chuck Nick (7C) STR Instructor for his generous
donation of $100 to our STR Program.
STR Training was held on April 1st and 2nd at
Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Here is the
summary from the program;
29 Attendees, almost 50% were new or newer (less
than 2 years) to STR. The attendance exceeded my
projected numbers. We had great interaction
between attendees - sharing of information and
We re-released the STR video and the 2014
PowerPoint. The 2014 PowerPoint, that we
previously had technical issues with now works
with the new laptops, is available on YouTube and
on the flash drives I distributed to each
All videos, presentations and STR documents are
also available in Google Drive which is available
to all STR Instructors or anyone interested in
becoming involved in our STR Program. Just contact
me with your e-mail addy and I will provide
access. These options will save ABATE $100s if not
The debut of the new STR folder was very well
received. The folders look fantastic in person.
They carry our new "look" that you see
on the Marketing campaigns and Membership
brochure. QR codes are used in 3 places that link
the viewer to both STR videos online and our
abatewis.org website. Most importantly the STR
message that is taught in our training programs is
carried over into the folders.
Cost of the STR Training should come in several
$100s under budget. Thanks to everyone who helped
save ABATE money where we could! I will have exact
amount once all expenses are received.
Overall it was a very successful training program.
If you were not able to attend, or if you would
like handouts or some of the new STR Folders,
please contact your STR District Coordinator or
I attended the Wisconsin Drivers Training Safety
and Education Assoc. (WDTSEA) Conference on April
7, 2017 with Tom Barten (District 4 STR
Coordinator). Even though attendee turnout
appeared to be lower that past years we made
several good contacts - especially those with
online training classes. I had several productive
discussions regarding inclusion of STR program in
some third-party support programs used by Drivers
Education Schools (DES). I will be in contact with
these individuals to work on furthering
motorcyclist awareness in their programs and
Special thanks to Tom for his many years of
working with WDTSEA keeping the importance of
motorcyclist awareness training in front of the
DES Instructors and Owners. Also, Tom, as always,
gave a sterling performance of our National Anthem
to open the conference.
STR Forms / Video / PowerPoint. The most current
forms and PowerPoint are now cloud based. Contact
me to gain access these documents. The STR video
is available on DVD and on YouTube. This
PowerPoint is available on YouTube. You can easily
find these two training presentations on YouTube
by typing in "ABATE of Wisconsin" in
the search window. These videos should be at the
top of the results list. The STR DVD is available
through the Share The Road District Coordinators
(DCs) or myself. Contact us if you need a copy.
STR Presentation Hardware. At the recent training
program, I distributed all of the laptops I had in
inventory. We are always looking for additional
equipment ... We still need laptops and
presentation projectors for our Instructors. If
you have a laptop or presentation projector that
you no longer use the STR Program will put your
old device to good use. I would certainly
appreciate it - as would any of our STRI in need.
Contact one of our STRI, DC or me to donate your
STRI / District Coordinators. District Coordinator
Positions open in Districts 1, 2, 5 and 8. If you
are interested please contact me.
STRI Gear. There are t-shirts, denim & twill
shirts, speedos, hair nets, etc. all with the
exclusive STRI logo. The gear is available in
men's and women's styles and sizes.
Please contact Stephanie or Dawn (Products
Directors) or I for the flyer and to place an
One last thing ... Riding season is here. Be
Smart and Be Safe!
See you at the next Big One ...
Kingsley, Bill. "Share the Road." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter May. 2017.