What is ABATE?
ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana is a not-for-profit, safety, educational, charitable and advocacy motorcyclist organization. It's aims are to promote safety, protect rights and help others.
ABATE of Indiana represents approximately 20% of the registered motorcycles in Indiana, with a membership of over 27,000. ABATE has a full-time staff, 350 volunteer officers, and over 150 certified safety instructors, dedicated to serving the interests of all motorcyclists.
ABATE of Indiana's motorcycle safety program has received numerous national awards of excellence and many of the instructors have received the nation's highest honors. Nearly 70,000 students have graduated since it's inception in 1979. In 1986, the Indiana Department of Education became involved with the program, resulting in a dramatic decrease in motorcycle fatalities which continues today.
ABATE of Indiana has been the driving force in making May "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month" and is responsible for the distribution of over 500,000 bumper stickers promoting motorcycle awareness.
In 1976 ABATE was responsible for the repeal of the state's mandatory helmet law and continues to defend the equal rights of motorcyclists - preserving their freedom of choice. ABATE of Indiana believes education, not legislation, is the key to creating a safer environment for motorcycling.
In addition to promoting motorcycle safety and education, ABATE has also been involved with collecting money for charities and those in need. Over the years, ABATE has raised over $4,000,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association! ABATE has also raised and contributed over $45,000 for individuals and families in times of need. Tons of food and truck loads of toys are donated each year at Christmas time, through toy collection programs. In addition, ABATE has contributed over $50,000 to community charities, and has been instrumental in raising $2,500,000 for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.