Washington, DC. … The Transportation Research Board (TRB) convened its 81st Annual Meeting from January 13-17, 2002 in Washington, DC. This year’s program included more than 500 sessions spanning all areas and modes of transportation, including 2200 presentations and papers addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers from government, industry, and academic institutions. Specialty workshops, committee meetings, and exhibits complemented the formal sessions, offering attendees a wide variety of opportunities for information sharing and interaction. The TRB is a part of the National Research Council, organized by the National Academy of Sciences.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has been represented at the TRB’s Annual Meeting since 1996. This year, Ms. Teri Stobbs, MRF’s Director of Communications, participated on behalf of the MRF. Ms. Stobbs earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale earlier this year, and took part in statistical research projects while obtaining her degree. “Ms. Stobbs’ research background, coupled with her comprehensive knowledge of the issues facing the MRF and motorcycling today, made her the perfect candidate to represent the MRF at the TRB Conference this year,” stated Tom Pauley, President of the MRF.

TRB is organized into approximately 180 committees and task forces working under five different groups, including Committee A3B14: Motorcycles and Mopeds. The A3B14 Committee meeting was held on Monday night, and topics discussed included current and future research projects, electric bicycles and scooters, and development of problem statements for the Committee.

Conference sessions this year included presentations on research projects pertaining to Trends and Costs of Motorcycle Crashes, Motorcycles as Transportation, and Identifying Types of Injury Patterns Resulting from Motorcycle Crashes. “This conference provides a wonderful opportunity for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation to provide input into the types of motorcycle research projects being conducted throughout the world, as well as a critical review of projects that have been completed,” emphasizes Ms. Stobbs. Others in attendance at the A3B14 Committee meeting included the American Motorcyclist Association, ABATE of Ohio, the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Harley-Davidson, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and numerous representatives from academic and research institutions worldwide.

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