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      Motorcyclists rally for rider awareness

      Dozens of motorcyclists rolled through the streets of Jefferson City for an annual rally at the Capitol.
      Dozens of motorcyclists rolled through the streets of Jefferson City for an annual rally at the Capitol.Members of the Freedom of Road Riders organization gathered in Memorial Park before parading to the state house. The group often carries a fat legislative agenda, such as the repeal of the mandatory helmet law. But this year, organizers said their focus is merely awareness of the two-wheeled motoring public by those of four wheels. Martin King, Missouri Freedom of Riders president, said, "We need to have the public more aware and be more accountable for motorcycle deaths, for one thing. We lose a lot of riders every year to negligence...all of the distractions we have in motor vehicle nowadays - the texting, the food, just not paying attention. We would like to see driver's ed be mandatory, that it would be able to be taken in the high schools again. Right now, it's not."King said riders also must be better educated. He said a number of older people who have not ridden bikes for years are coming back to it, and many are not familiar with changes in cycling technology or motoring law.