Six reasons for the importance of Carnegie Forever – Trevon, Christian, Nolan, Taylor, Nick and Jake. Photo taken on January 1, 2011.
This is the era of the Endangered Species. We have been told to raise our awareness and consider the importance of life and its symbiotic relationships.
Sometimes portions of our world get neglected in this shift of consciousness. For instance the six young men in the photo above were able to enjoy a day in nature, fresh air, and bonding with new friends. Some of their peers were possibly hanging out at the mall,
involved with drugs, sitting in front of a gaming device or bored out of their minds. The lucky kids in the photo are members of a non profit group that takes them on riding adventures to Carnegie State Park.
The reason they are endangered is because some people, for their own reasons, would prefer that this type of recreation does not exist for anyone let along theses youngsters. Their bedrock issue is that this type of activity destroys the environment. In some ways
they could be correct, but then again everything humanity does, uses land for some activity. The space for a hospital, a school, or a highway uses the environment for beneficial reasons even though it technically destroys the soils and ecosystems under it.
Our little park of about 1000 acres provides a benefit for 180,000 people of all ages, especially the young men and women that get a chance to come to our park for a day of recreation. Their entire day is not spent riding around but also, meeting new friends,
helping take care of the vehicles and also doing projects with the park staff. The park is managed and groomed every week and areas that need renovation are taken out of the inventory. There is a reasonable balance between fun and resource management at Carnegie.
So here are two questions:
- Will the kids hanging at the mall or the kids in the above photo have the better memories of their childhood?
- Will our organization, Carnegie Forever, never cease making sure our park stays open and provides an environment for ALL endangered species, especially the HUMANS, to flourish and prosper?
Many of you go riding with your families. Imagine if you could not buy
motorcycles for your children. Imagine that you could not buy parts for the
motorcycles you do own. Imagine your kids sitting inside the house playing video
games all day. In a day when too many kids don’t get enough exercise, we may
lose our favorite form of outdoor family recreation because of a law intended to
protect small children from lead tainted imports.
This scenario is the unintended consequence of a law that was passed in
response to toys exported to this country from China with a high lead content.
The legislators were appropriately concerned about small children ingesting,
inhaling or absorbing unsafe levels of lead. The Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act (CPISA), as the law is called, bans the selling of products
to children, 12 and under, which contain more than very tiny amounts of lead.
The danger lies in small children putting lead based toys into their mouths
and sucking on them. There is only one problem; this law applies to children’s
motorcycles. Because batteries and brake calipers contain small amounts of
lead, bikes meant for children will be subject to the ban.
In May of 2009 CPSC recognized the danger of steering kids to bikes that were
too big and heavy for them by making kid-sized dirt bikes unavailable, and
delayed enforcement of CPSIA until May of 2011.
Earlier last year federal lawmakers held a hearing on the Consumer Product
Safety Improvement Act of 2010 (CPSEA) that is supposed to fix the original
CSPIA and allow the consumer Product Safety Commission to exempt certain
products from the ban. The AMA, which has been lobbying for an exemption for
children’s motorcycles, is concerned because the new law does not specifically
exclude children’s dirt bikes.
If the CPSEA is not fixed and passed before May 1, 2011 then kid’s dirt bikes will
no longer be available.
We love riding dirt bikes with our kids, and most of us grew up riding with our
parents. We treasure time spent with our families enjoying the outdoors and
teaching our kids the joys of off-road riding. Don’t forget the kids seated on the
platform at Carnegie Freedom Day speaking into the microphone and saying
what it was that they liked about riding at Carnegie. Basically they all agreed that
riding dirt bikes at Carnegie was enjoyable because it allowed them to spend
time with their families. This issue is of major importance to us and we need to