DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF TECHNIQUES FOR INCREASING THE CONSPICUITY OF MOTORCYCLES AND MOTORCYCLE DRIVERS

The project was initiated to determine whether it might be possible to reduce the incidence of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes by improving the conspicuity of the motorcycle-driver unit. Specifically, the following tasks were carried out: (1) A review of motorcycle accident data; (2) Development of potential conspicuity treatments; (3) Field evaluation of a selected sample of these treatments; and (4) Determination of cost benefits. A crash data analysis carried out by HSRI, together with several other published studies, makes it clear that motorcycles are overinvolved (relative to cars and trucks) in accidents in which the other vehicle is executing a maneuver (generally a left turn) across their path. More than thirty conspicuity treatments were developed and demonstrated for subjective appraisal. A sample of these was selected for field evaluation. The countermeasures were evaluated by means of a gap-acceptance procedure. The study was run in normal traffic, and measures were taken on drivers who were not aware they were involved in a study. The results indicate that daytime conspicuity can most effectively be improved by use of fluorescent garments or steady or modulating lights. Nighttime conspicuity seems to be aided by use of retroreflective garments and running lights. The cost-benefit analysis indicated that all of the items found to produce significant conspicuity effects are also cost-beneficial.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Olson, P L
    • Halstead-Nussloch, R
    • Sivak, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-10-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 149 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00305793
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-79-76 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-805-143
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01459
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1980 12:00AM