The Effect of Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training on Motorcycle Crashes

Research evidence is mixed with regard to the impact that motorcycle training has on crash avoidance skills. In April 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held an expert panel with researchers and experts in motorcycle training to determine the feasibility of conducting a study to evaluate motorcycle rider training. A majority of the discussions centered on defining a safe rider so that the appropriate measures can be used to evaluate any effect motorcycle rider training has on crashes. The panel reached a consensus that safe riders conduct aggressive visual searches, have fewer crashes and injuries, wear personal protective gear, successfully manage space and time, minimize impairments, and have proficient operational skills. The goal of this project is to develop and implement a research plan to investigate the relationship between entry-level rider training, safe riding behavior, and rider crashes. In Phase I, a variety of methods for measuring each characteristic of a safe rider will be evaluated. In Phase II, multiple studies will be conducted to evaluate rider training. One or more studies will be experimental or quasi-experimental studies designed in Phase I, and one study will be an analysis of Maryland's centralized database of motorcycle riders' training, endorsement, violations, crashes, and injuries.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $1107767.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

      Office of Behavioral Safety Research

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, District of Columbia  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Johnson, Kristie

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cambridge Systematics

      555 12th Street
      Suite 1600
      Oakland, CA  United States  94607
    • Start Date: 20090921
    • Expected Completion Date: 20231231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Motorcycle Safety

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01490709
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-09-C-00124
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 29 2013 1:02AM