This report describes activities involved in developing a Moped Task Analysis. The tasks required in safe operation of a moped, along with their component behaviors, knowledges, and skills, were identified through a comprehensive analysis of the literature, interviews with experienced moped operators, and three research studies performed as a part of the project. Estimates of accident frequency for each behavior were developed through ratings of behavior frequency, error probability, and accident likelihood. A study of basic control tasks revealed that transfer from a bicycle to a moped occurs very quickly. For some control tasks it is instantaneous and by two hours of operation, operators have generally reached their own performance asymptote. Surreptitious observations of moped operating in traffic revealed a high incidence of error, particularly in surveillance, signaling, control of speed, positioning, and observation of traffic laws. The error rate appeared to be greatest among those having the least experience in operating motor vehicles. A study of optimum lane position showed that, in straight line operation, the right lane position seems to be safer under low traffic density and the center lane position safer under high traffic density. In the left turn maneuver, the left lane position appeared safer under low oncoming traffic density and the center position safer under high oncoming traffic density.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also HS-805 733 and HS-805 735.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Public Services Research Institute

    123 North Pitt Street
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22314

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McKnight, A J
    • Calvin, M A
    • Weir, D H
    • Zellner, J W
  • Publication Date: 1980-12

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00337202
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., HS-805 734
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-8-02033
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM