Leading motorcycling organizations meet Department of Transport Secretary Buttigieg
The Motorcycle Industry Council, American Motorcyclist Association, and Motorcycle Safety Foundation Join Forces to Share Community and Motorcycle Industry Priorities with the U.S. Department of Transportation
PICKERINGTON, Ohio— In a collaborative effort to raise awareness of key issues and opportunities facing the motorcycle industry, riders, and motorcycle safety, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) have joined forces to share industry priorities with US Department of Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and department staff.
Following the recent passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), MIC, WADA and MSF have expressed strong support for investment in education, awareness, road infrastructure and reauthorization of the Motorcyclists Advisory Council (MAC) to continue informing the DOT, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of ways to improve infrastructure to make roads safer for motorcyclists. They stressed that actions required under the IIJA must include motorcyclists.
The meeting also included a discussion on the need to ensure that motorcycle recognition and response is fully integrated into the development of crash prevention technologies and autonomous vehicles to keep riders and drivers safe.
Industry executives on the call noted that Secretary Buttigieg was very engaged in the discussion. He expressed a strong awareness and interest in ensuring that motorcyclists and the motorcyclist safety community are part of the development of safe roads. Additionally, he conveyed a clear understanding of the limitations and challenges of self-driving vehicles. Industry leaders expressed great appreciation for the Secretary’s desire to include the motorcycling community in implementing infrastructure improvements and rolling out provisions of the freeway reauthorization bill. .
“Secretary Buttigieg has been very responsive to our concerns about autonomous vehicles and the potential dangers they pose to motorcyclists,” said Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association. “The Secretary was aware of the work of the Motorcyclists Advisory Council, chaired by the AMA’s Director of Government Relations, Mike Sayre, and expressed his intention to reconstitute the MAC as soon as possible. We look forward to building on the work of MAC and working with the motorcycling community to implement MAC recommendations to make our roads safer for motorcyclists.
“With the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, DOT has been given the resources to address decades of infrastructure needs and to formulate a transportation system for the 21st century. This meeting was a great start to ensuring the motorcycle community has a seat at the table,” said Erik Pritchard, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council. “The Department has the tools to improve road infrastructure and design, improve awareness and safety, and ensure evolving automated technologies recognize and respond to motorcycles.”
“We are very grateful to Secretary Buttigieg for making increased safety for the motorcycle community a priority,” said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president of government relations, Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “We look forward to working closely with him and his teams at NHTSA and FHWA as they strive to reduce traffic fatalities through education and awareness as well as improvement of infrastructure and technologies.
About the American Motorcyclists Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a non-profit association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycle event rights and sanctioning organization, the AMA represents the interests of motorcyclists at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competitive and recreational events each year. In addition to offering members economical discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American motorcyclista newly revitalized full-color monthly magazine (and its digital version) that covers motorcycle news and history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American motorcyclist is also the most widely circulated magazine in North America. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and legacy of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
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About the Motorcycle Industry Council
The Motorcycle Industry Council, under its flagship market expansion brand, Ride With Us, strives to bring the unparalleled thrill of riding a motorcycle to everyone. The MIC is a non-profit trade association representing motorcycle manufacturers, distributors, aftermarket companies, dealers, retailers and various related organizations providing vital support to the powersports industry. The MIC advocates for fair policy and regulatory environments, strives to provide valuable data to the industry, and strives to bring the joy of riding to everyone, everywhere.
Established in 1914, the MIC is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a government relations office in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Follow the industry association on Twitter @followMIC, online at MIC.organd by the weekly MIC RideReport.
About the Motorcycle Safety Foundation
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation promotes safety through rider training and education, operator license testing, and public information programs. As the nation’s premiere motorcycle safety education and training organization, MSF’s program is used in 46 states and by the federal government, military and others to provide training for all skill levels. so that bikers can enjoy a safe and responsible motorcycle life. The standards set by MSF have been recognized worldwide since 1973.
MSF is a non-profit organization supported by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; BMW Motorrad United States; BRP, Inc.; Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc.; Indian motorcycle; Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA; KTM North America, Inc.; Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.; Triumph Motorcycles America; and Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA MSF-USA.org or call (800) 446-9227. Follow @msf__usa to follow MSF news on Twitter and Instagram.