Motorcyclist Advisory Council Extended

The Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Highway Administration has been extended for another two years.

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:

  • a recommendation encouraging the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its subcommittees to address motorcyclist safety issues during design, construction, maintenance and operations activities was advanced as a resolution and approved by AASHTO Board of Directors in 2007;

  • the development of the Roadway Safety for Motorcycles brochure that contains tips directed to roadway designers and maintainers for increased motorcycle safety

  • the incorporation of motorcycle safety issues into national conference sessions at the Transportation Research Board, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and American Traffic Safety Services Association;

  • the initiation of an interagency exchange of information with Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) on Motorcycle Safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

  • Meeting summaries, recommendations, etc. are on the MAC-FHWA Web site.