ABATE bikers spend the afternoon in Decatur

    Members of the Indiana ABATE motorcycle group — an estimated 1,500 strong — spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in downtown Decatur as part of the group’s annual Mayor’s Ride. Decatur was the motorcyclists’ destination for the third time in five years, and ride organizers have said that’s because the bikers are treated so warmly during their visits to the town. ABATE is an acronym for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and is a not-for-profit safety, educational, charitable and advocacy motorcyclist organization. Its goals are to promote safety, protect rights and help others. In the photo above, two visitors stroll down 2nd Street to view the line of motorcycles that had assembled.