Introduction: This Ideas and Opinions section of the SMARTER website has been created to provide a web location for expressing ideas and opinions on important motorcyclist safety issues.   We invite readers to contact us via e-mail message to smarterusa@gmail.com to suggest subjects or to submit articles for consideration for posting in this section.  Nothing posted in this section should be construed as the position of SMARTER, its officers or members.

While SMARTER believes motorcyclist safety decisions should be based on available research, we also believe it is important to explore new ideas. The articles and documents posted in this section may or may not be supported by available research.

We hope the ideas, comments and opinions expressed here will stimulate discussion and maybe provide a basis for establishing future directions in motorcyclist safety.  We invite readers to post comments about what they read here on the SMARTER Facebook page and other active forums.

 

Regarding Rider Responsibility.  This three page article examines what it means to be a responsible rider, introduces the concept of a rider responsibility continuum and suggests a simple method to self-assess rider responsibility.

Root Causes of Motorcyclist CrashesThis article reviews the causes of crashes identified by the Hurt Study and MAIDS.  The author suggests the primarily physical causes identified by Hurt and used in the U.S. leads to ineffective countermeasures.   Identifying crash causes more in line with MAIDS would lead to different solutions and maybe more effective solutions.

To lane-split or not to lane-split: Can the UC Berkeley Study help me decide?   The big question riders want to know about lane-splitting is: “Is lane-splitting as safe as or safer than traveling in the traffic lane?” This article examines the study titled Motorcycle Lane-splitting and Safety in California to determine if this research is helpful to riders in answering this question as some writers and motorcycle associations have claimed.

Pelvic Injury and Motorcycle Fuel Tank Design – June 2018. Pelvic Injury and Motorcycle Fuel Tank Design is an opinion article invite readers to read the research related to this subject and consider what motorcyclist safety advocates can and should do to address this issue.

It is Time to Focus on Mental Qualities : Rider Training Needs to Change.   This is an article written by  Joe Elliott,  National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) submitted for publication in the 2017 Fall Edition of the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Association  Spotlight Newsletter.  The article presents an argument for a change in the focus of rider training from the physical skills of braking, cornering and swerving to improving mental qualities that develop respect and judgment.

Freedom isn’t Free .  This is an interesting perspective shared by Nicholas Worrell, Chief of the NTSB’s Office of Communications’ Safety Advocacy Division, in a July 1, 2015 blog post.

Looking Twice is not Enough. “Watch for Motorcycles, Look Twice, Save a Life.”  This is the traditional reminder we provide to car drivers during the month of May.  “Look twice, save a life” is an easy to remember rhyming phrase which it tells us the end goal – save a life – however, to make that a reality car drivers need to know more and do more.  This brief article describes the “how” of a search system designed to address the problems the research indicates are components of Looked But Failed to See crashes.