The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has been working on multiple initiatives designed to further motorcycle safety research, recently supplying financial backing for a new crash causation study and working to establish a Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus.
Crash Causation Research
MIC aftermarket/allied trades members are contributing $200,000 to the Oklahoma Transportation Center for a new Motorcycle Crash Causation Study. Combined with the $2.8 million from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation member companies, the industry has now pledged $3 million to this new research study. This compares with the approximately $2.1 million in federal funding.
"The estimated cost of the study went up considerably, and the motorcycle industry stepped up, contributing well beyond the original matching funds needed to make this important work a reality," says MIC Chairman Larry Little. "The more than 300 members of MIC believe that they share a responsibility to improve safety for motorcyclists. This new research will play a vital role."
Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus
The MIC's Government Relations Office has been working for the past several months on the formation of a Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus. The Caucus will facilitate a relationship between the industry, agencies, legislators and other key stakeholders. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has reiterated her support for the caucus, and Representatives Burgess (R-TX) and Giffords (D-AZ), both motorcyclists, have stepped up to work with MIC and have taken the lead on creation of the Caucus.
An organizational meeting and MIC-hosted briefing for Congressional staff have been held at which the discussion focused on using the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (NAMS) as a blueprint for issues to be addressed. The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration use NAMS to formulate a national motorcycle safety agenda.