STURGIS, S.D. — The Rushmore A.B.A.T.E. held their annual Snow or Shine poker run this weekend. It was a full day of events with participants beginning the at the Valley Sports Bar and making five stops along the way to Sturgis for the Black Hills A.B.A.T.E. Sno Ball. The group is highly involved in legislation regarding motorcyclists, and the poker run is a fundraiser that will allow the chapter to continue providing awareness and education for bikers and the public.
Sandie Enger, Public Relations for Rushmore A.B.A.T.E. spoke of some of the services the group provides,
“We do a campaign in May for motorcycle awareness, just to let people know that the riding season is coming up. You’re going to see a lot of motorcycles, more and more motorcycles out on the road, and to be aware when you’re out in your four wheeled vehicle of the motorcycles that are out there. And also,we do biker training”
The group also offers free rider’s courses and reimburses A.B.A.T.E. members for taking and passing the state licensing course. The number of cyclists in South Dakota is growing, and A.B.A.T.E. has an idea why.
“South Dakota has the highest number of motorcycle owners per capita than any other state in the country. And a lot of that has to do because of the Sturgis Rally. They come here, they love the area, it’s one of the best areas to be able to ride in, we’ve got a beautiful landscape around here, and they decide to stay,” says Enger.
Rushmore A.B.A.T.E. has around 430 members and is always accepting new members.