The council was established by the 2005 transportation reauthorization legislation (SAFETEA-LU) to advise the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists, including (1) barrier design; (2) road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and (3) the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies. Peters is a motorcyclist and the owner of two Harley-Davidsons.
The MAC's initial charter was for two years and was scheduled to terminate in July. The acting Federal Highway Administration administrator requested renewal from the secretary of transportation, who approved the extension.
The MAC has met four times since its inception in October 2006 and has been successful in raising the awareness of roadway engineers and other traffic designers of the need to incorporate unique motorcycle safety considerations in the design, construction and maintenance, and sign processes. The request for renewal of the Council included a synopsis of MAC accomplishments including:
Meeting summaries, recommendations, etc. are on the MAC-FHWA Web site.