02NR09 - MRF Submits Research Proposals to the TRB

Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
February 28, 2002

02NR09 - MRF Submits Research Proposals to the TRB

Following MRF Director of Communications Teri Stobbs' participation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference in January, and in its capacity as a friend of the Motorcycles and Mopeds Committee of the TRB, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation was invited to submit research proposals related to pressing transportation research needs. "This is a fantastic opportunity to provide input into quality research regarding motorcycling," said Stobbs, "so the MRF Board made it a priority."

According to the Call for Research Needs Statements the MRF received, "Every five years, AASHTO (American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), FHWA (Federal Highway Administration), the North Carolina State University CTE (Center for Transportation and the Environment), and TRB conduct a Transportation Environmental Research Needs Conference. Environmental research experts are invited to meet, identify top research needs, and write up detailed Research Needs Statements. These are then published in a report that becomes the primary source for funded research proposals. Millions of dollars of important environmental research has resulted from these conferences. The next is being held in March 2002. Prior to the conference, draft research needs statements are invited from the transportation community."

In response, the MRF Board appointed a committee to draft relevant proposals. The committee included Tom Wyld (MRF Vice President - Government Relations), Teri Stobbs (MRF Director of Communications), Teresa Hepker (MRF Reports and White Papers Editor), and Ken Ray (MRF State Representative to the Board). Four research proposals were submitted by the MRF for consideration, as follows:

1. Making Crash Barriers and Road Maintenance Practices Motorcycle-Friendly

2. Environmental Benefits of Motorcycling

3. The Motorcycle as Transport: Safe or Unsafe?

4. "Education...can be risky" - Should Motorcyclist Safety Training Be Prohibited or Promoted?

To view these four research proposals in their entirety, please visit the MRF web page at www.mrf.org and go to the new section under "Publications" entitled "Research Proposals."

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