Safety in the Spotlight

TUSTIN, Calif. — Aiming to help keep motorcyclists safe are a new study, governmental caucus, film and website. All were discussed last week at the Motorcycle Industry Council's annual symposium.

MIC aftermarket/allied trades members have committed $200,000 to the Oklahoma Transportation Center for a motorcycle crash causation study. Total funding now stands at $5.1 million. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation member companies pledged $2.8 million, and federal funding is approximately $2.1 million.

Speaking of government participation, U.S. Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) are lead members of a new bipartisan Motorcycle Safety Caucus. Its mission will be to identify opportunities for Congress to improve motorcycle safety nationwide using the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (NAMS) as a blueprint. Four other Congressional representatives have joined as members. The MIC has been involved in the caucus since its inception. (Read the full text of the NAMS, which the MSF and NHTSA developed jointly, is at. The MIC encourages dealers to urge their representatives to become members of the caucus.

Want to see a good movie? In conjunction with its Intersection safety program on sharing the road, the MSF has released a 13-minute film highlighting personal stories from the perspectives of people involved in the collision between a car and motorcycle at a typical city intersection. View the movie and learn more about the program at

Novelty helmets do nothing to protect a rider in a crash, and the MIC is looking to point this out on the Internet. Participation of the council?s Helmet Task Force in a governmental meeting earlier this year led NHTSA staff to express particular interest in the MIC's creating and maintaining a list of DOT-compliant helmets. The list would be posted on an MIC helmet website to educate riders on how to select the right helmet.