Motorcyclists steer away from image

Motorcyclists steer away from image


The International Motorcycle Association is riding high with a new chapter in Rockford.

The nonprofit organization is comprised of people of various ethnicities who enjoy riding. The intent is to be unified through motorcycling and participate in activities including toy drives and blood drives.

A motorcycle parade will occur on at 9:30 a.m. on July 22 starting at the Clock Tower’s parking lot and go down State Street to Wyman to the Carrie Lynn Center, 826 N. Main St. Motorcyclists can follow and should have a toy in hand to give. Donations will also be accepted.

The Carrie Lynn Children’s Center is for children up to age 18 who have been sexually or physically abused. At the center afterward, riders can have a bite to eat.

“We started a chapter in Rockford in January,” business manager Aurelio Delarosa said. “We have 11 members here locally. We’re not a motorcycle club; we’re a motorcycle association. We’re hoping to get rid of that bad image of a biker. Nowadays, it’s open to everybody who has a different style and taste.” He said that professions of members include legal secretaries, law enforcement officers and mechanics.

An aspect that veers away from traditional motorcycling is involvement in the community. “We’re about helping people out, and we want to make a difference here in the community,” he said. For more information, call 965-6236.

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