Share the Road

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 Williams

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 teaching techniques.

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 attendee.

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 $1,000s annually

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 myself.

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 product offerings.

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 equipment.

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 order.

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.

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