MRF Attends Transportation Research Board

Washington, DC … The Transportation Research Board (TRB) convened their annual meeting and conference Monday, January 10, 2000. The TRB committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds, which studies all aspects of motorcycles and mopeds, including the operator, the vehicle, and the transportation environment met in a morning business meeting to discuss issues and research projects pertinent to the committee's responsibilities. Reports from various members of the committee included: updates on current motorcycle research projects, the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety, and discussions of future projects and papers. The committee will be looking into the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety to identify some of the areas for future research efforts.

The evening session included four presentations of interest to motorcyclists. Two research projects were presented: A Study of Novelty Helmet Use in Florida and Alcohol Related Motorcycle Accidents in Hawaii. There were two informational presentations. The first detailed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) research and updates to Rider Education, Licensing, and related MSF programs. The second was a presentation by Ed Moreland of the AMA on global harmonization and standardization issues.

Some 3,000 of the nation's top administrators, engineers, social scientists, attorneys, educators, and others concerned with transportation serve on these committees and task forces. The TRB is part of the National Research Council organized by the National Academy of Sciences. The TRB is organized into approximately 180 committees and task forces working under five different groups including Committee A3B14: Motorcycles And Mopeds.

At the close of the meeting, Steve Zimmer, MRF Vice-president of Government Relations, petitioned for membership on the Motorcycle and Moped Committee. In order to become a member of the committee an individual must attend three consecutive annual meetings as a guest and then apply to the committee chair for membership. The MRF has been represented on this committee since 1996. Attending these meetings helps the MRF stay informed of research trends and on going research projects. Steve Zimmer said, "Being positioned on this committee provides the opportunity to closely monitor much of the current research agenda world wide and better serve the interests of motorcyclists."

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