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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:00 am

Governor's ride to draw bikers to Indianapolis

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb will host the annual ABATE Governor's Ride on Friday – but he won't actually ride a motorcycle.

Although not a rider himself, the governor wants to continue the tradition to promote motorcycle safety and awareness and will be on hand to get the event underway. Two generals and several state legislators are expected to ride.

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels started the event in 2005, and hundreds of bikers participate every year. The bikes used to line the government center and take off from the Statehouse. But with construction work being done on a plaza, the kickoff is now held at Monument Circle.

Vice President Mike Pence continued the ride when he was governor. He said he grew up riding motorcycles as a kid but hadn't been on one since his college days. As a result, he went through the ABATE of Indiana's motorcycle safety program. He is not participating this year.

The activity has raised more than $65,000 for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. All proceeds go to the cause.

Riders will leave Monument Circle in Indianapolis at 10 a.m. Friday and plan to arrive at Gaiser Park in Seymour about 12:30 p.m.