I see no reason why Rumble on Noble cannot continue as planned. My husband and I are retired seniors, had very professional careers and rode Harleys for years. In fact, I started riding in 1959 when women didn’t even wear slacks professionally, much less for women to take the wheel and own motorcycles.
It appears that the main opposition to this event sees the long-ago type of biker out there, the one-percenters. Now you’ll find lawyers, judges, doctors and even ministers among the millions who own and ride motorcycles. Motorcyclists raise a lot of money for charity events as well.
Jennie Preston seems to think her business will be negatively impacted by this event on Noble Street. As my husband and I, along with many friends and family members, have traveled the country over the years on motorcycles, I can say we have shopped in many of these gift/souvenir shops, made purchases and had them shipped home as we couldn’t carry them on the bikes. Even though the bikers are there mainly for the event, they stay in hotels, spend money in the restaurants and buy gas and other expenditures to help local economies. Of course, motorcycles make noise, but so does other events that take place. To discriminate against this one group is wrong.
Daytona Beach, Fla., Sturgis, S.D., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and others readily welcome the motorcycle community. Their annual events draw upwards of 500,000 bikers (each) and last an average of two weeks. This event on a weekend in Anniston is small potatoes in comparison. My thought is, if it’s that big of a problem for a few, let them take the weekend off, sit by the pool, relax and not deny other people the thrill of their hobby.