10-26-2005

05NR28 - BikePAC of Oregon Press Release

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October 26, 2005

#05NR28 - BikePAC of Oregon Press Release

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is issuing the following release at the request of BikePAC of Oregon.

BikePAC of Oregon news release -- Motorcycle Safety Foundation asks to have its course certified in Oregon

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Friday, October 21, MSFís Oregon lobbyist formally presented a report asking MSFís Beginning Rider Course (BRC) motorcycle training program to be certified by ODOT. This manuscript is a self-critique by MSF evaluating their program against Team Oregon. Team Oregon is currently the only state approved rider training which can grant DMV skills test waivers for getting driverís license motorcycle endorsements. MSF is asking to be able to issue DMV test waivers as well.

BikePAC received a copy of this book and it is currently under review. According to Ken Ray, Executive Director of BikePAC, there will be more detailed information in the future about the contents. Ken does believe there are several items in this document that bear some initial scrutiny. For example under section IV, Comparing BRC to Team Oregon, MSF believes that an acceptable training motorcycle for a first-time rider is one that is 500cc and 30 inches high at the seat. Also the MSF document has quite a bit of condemnation of Team Oregon and the methodology of Oregonís study which evaluated rider training in the state. A National research group affiliated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently declared Team Oregon as having the highest national ranking in promising practices in motorcycle safety and rider training. BikePAC therefore finds MSFís criticism out of place in a document purported to be an objective side-by-side evaluation. However, the proposal must be examined at face value and objectively assessed.

BikePAC has full confidence that the Governorís Advisory Board on Motorcycle safety will evaluate this proposal thoroughly. As BikePACís primary desire is for the most effective rider training to be in place in Oregon, we welcome a fair, thorough and objective appraisal. It was made clear that there will be an opportunity for public input and the views of all of us will be taken into account. It will be crucial for every rider in Oregon to stay on top of this issue. Motorcyclists in Oregon created the Oregon motorcycle safety program from scratch some 20 years ago and we are all the caretakers of it for the future.

For more information, contact:

Ken Ray Executive Director 503 351 8193
www.bikepac.com

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