Last updated: 27-Sep-2014
The sport of motorcycle riding is rewarding and fun. This hobby, leisure activity, fraternal sport, or even job requirement is the primary bond that brings this law enforcement organization together. However, all members inherit a certain level of risk when riding on only two wheels. Dangers conditions are created from the inattention of other drivers, environment or external factors, and sometimes from the lack of experience and training by riders themselves. This page will serve as a starting point for many tips and tricks, informational articles, and links to various outside resources to promote rider safety and accident prevention.
After several years of involved research and work, the Safety Committee has published the Basic Group Riding Handbook to share with the membership.
Texas XXXI chapter has an excellent example on the use of Hand Signals while operating your motorcycle in a group.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has launched four new iTunes U courses: “An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics,” “Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies,” “Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding” and “Dr. Ray’s Seasoned Rider.” These four courses address a wide variety of motorcycle tips and strategies to help motorcyclists sharpen their skills, make wise choices on the road and become riders of good riding character. All four courses are free and are available now on Apple's iTunes U.
“An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics” provides explanations of the dynamics of motorcycle handling, braking, tire grip and traction distribution, while “Dr. Ray’s Street Strategies,” adapted from advice MSF provides to readers of American Motorcyclist magazine, incorporates practical lessons covering various aspects of motorcycle ownership, from riding techniques to handling hazardous traffic situations and more. “Dr. Ray’s Guide to Group Riding” focuses on the strategies and added responsibility of riding with others, while “Dr. Ray’s Seasoned Rider” course is designed to help motorcyclists remain safe on the road through all phases of their lives.
“MSF is excited to take yet another next step in providing online motorcyclist safety education with these courses,” said MSF Vice President Robert Gladden. “These newest offerings by MSF represent our continuing commitment to educating motorcyclists and other roadway users in a variety of ways and through multiple channels.”
Formatted for the iPhone and iPad, MSF's iTunes U courses incorporate photos, technical diagrams and video clips to illustrate the concepts and have been structured as five-week courses.
Thus far, MSF has assembled a significant digital offering, with a total of four iTunes U courses, five iTunes U collections, three iBooks and an iPhone/iPad App called “Motorcycle Riding Tips.” MSF iTunes U courses are available to users in most countries through the iTunes U portal. Complete details on all MSF Apps, iBooks and iTunes U courses can be found on the MSF website digital resources page.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.
MotorSport.com sent an article to us as reference material to help the first time passengers understand a few safety tips concerning clothing, helmet and riding positions.
There is a multitude of other links to various safety pages on the web as well. Great reading for those of you who are new to the sport, and wish to participate in a safe manner.
Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Please use these are marketing materials to: Spread the word about increasing motorcyclists' safety, and Support and enhance your motorcycle safety awareness programs.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation web site is full of course information and free to download safety tips. The MSF is an internationally recognized not-for-profit foundation, supported by motorcycle manufacturers, that provides leadership to the motorcycle safety community through its expertise, tools, and partnerships. A large number of our members are MSF instructors.
International Safety Officer
Pay attention out there and ensure you have an escape route planned at all times. This graphic provides some basic distances when riding as a group.
Published on 8 Aug 2012 by usdotgov John T. Gordon was a law enforcement officer and father of two young children. On May 18, 2008, John Jr. "Rusty" was riding his motorcycle on Ohio State Route 4 when a young man driving a truck swerved into oncoming traffic. Rusty was struck and died instantly from a broken neck. Records later showed that the driver was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. John and Lois Gordon, Rusty's parents, are now advocates against distracted driving.
For more information, please visit http://www.distraction.gov