NO SKULLS, NO CHAINS, NO POINTLESS FLUFF
Standing before rows of bikes parked neatly on the plaza outside of Queens Borough Hall, Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. detailed a bill that would make motorcycle parking free in the city. Assemblyman Michael G. DenDekker, who said he recently received a ticket for the first time in 34 years of riding, is proposing a similar bill in Albany.
Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr. sat atop his 2012 Harley Wide Glide motorcycle in front of Queens Borough Hall on Thursday
Currently, the vehicles are subject to Muni-Meter rates, as any car would be. But motorcyclists say enforcement is inconsistent, and contend that there is no suitable place on their vehicles to display the receipts. Some riders said receipts were often stolen, blown away, or damaged by rain.
In the two years since I was given a second chance at life, approximately 13,000 people have died due to a lack of available organs for transplant. While I am thankful for my chance, I pray others get the needed second chance in order to move on.
Many of you know the story of my illness leading to the need for a lung transplant. Since receiving my transplant, I have had my share of ups and downs – a couple of illnesses have put me back in the hospital, but luckily I’ve been able to fight off the infections with the assistance of modern medicine and some great doctors.
According to Donate Life, the statistics are grim: currently there are 114,712 patients waiting for an organ. Of those, 1,737 are pediatric patients. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.
In 2011 there were 28,535 organ transplants performed. Of those, there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors. Ninety percent of Americans say they support organ donation, but only 30 percent know the steps to take to be a donor.
After my ordeal, I have become an advocate for organ donation. Through flyers, brochures and e-mails, I’ve shared my story with anyone who will listen. Additionally, J&P Cycles has placed a link on their main homepage, where people can learn about organ donation. There they are directed to a website to sign up to be an organ donor, or they can simply read my story about successful organ donation.
The people at Donate Life started a campaign earlier this year to raise the number of registered donors to 20 million by the end of 2012. I’d like to challenge each of you learn the facts and register to be an organ donor. It may just save your life, or the life of someone you love.
Below is a video where John relates his ordeal
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here's a chance to do some good to promote breast cancer awareness and be rewarded in a big way for a mere $20. This Sunday, this $50,000 custom bagger from Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation will be raffled of by Bikers For Boobies at their ride to benefiting Casting for Recovery, Arizona. You do not have to present to win. Click here to sign up.
Below is a video presentation of the bike you can win.
Our own Buck Lovell takes a closer look at a cool new volume that documents the first 30 years of the famous Sturgis destination. Hot the picture below to check it out on Bikernet Baggers.