January 21, 2021
Black Thursday is a yearly event in January where motorcycle enthusiasts across Washington state ride to Olympia and meet with legislators to discuss motorcycle riding issue.
2021 will be a little different. Due to Covid-19, we will not have an "in-person" gathering. This will take place online. Please contact your representative to address our concerns in the biker community.
2022 Black Thursday will take change to Friday, January 21, 2022. Hoping for a larger biker turnout to address our concerns.
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Parking Bill HB1058
1. Currently, the law does not even mention motorcycles. So some law enforcement officers are using the words “parallel to the curb” in the current law to write illegal parking tickets to motorcycles parking with a wheel towards the curb as is the normal style of parking for a motorcycle.
2. Using this way of thinking law enforcement could easily write “illegal parking” citations to each additional motorcycle parked in a single parking space along the curb. Generating nearly $1,000 in fines from each parking space in a congested urban area. This bill would prevent taxpayers from being fined in such a manner.
Enhanced Penalty for striking a "vulnerable user of a public way"
1. This concept would make it a felony (vehicular assault) to strike and cause “substantial bodily harm” (break a bone, or hospitalize, or worse) to anyone from the “vulnerable public way users” category (pedestrians, bicyclists, people riding animals, motorcyclists, farm equipment operators, etc.).
2. The definition of each of the phrases in quotations are in the RCW’s.
3. RCW 9.94A.030 Definitions state that; eluding a police officer, driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and hit-and-run injury-accident are all already a “Felony traffic Offense”. Yet striking a member of the vulnerable users often only results in a traffic citation.
Motorcycle Weight Fee: Reduces the $25 minimum 4,000 pound "weight fee" to $6 for motorccyles up to 1,000 pounds, and $12 for motorccyles up to 2,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
Motorcycle Anti-Profiing: Support the COC as requested to enhance the current Motorccyle Anti-Profiling Act.