A motorcycle rider education course was developed in 1973 by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) as an interim program while a research-based curriculum was being developed. The Beginner Rider Course (BRC) was initiated in 1974 to meet the immediate needs of those teaching novices to ride motorcycles. The program contained eight instructional units called Learning Experiences which provided independent study materials and instruction both in the classroom and on the cycle. An evaluation of the BRC by the MSF, in cooperation with the California Department of Education, provided background data for the development of the present Motorcycle Rider Course (MRC). Released in 1976, the MRC offers the latest in teaching techniques and instructional aids to motorcycle safety educators. The MRC combines classroom and on-cycle activities and is performance-based; a new Instructor's Guide contains master schedules, tips on obtaining equipment, and detailed motorcyle range specifications. Four 16 mm color films help build student understanding of safe riding behavior and motorcycling techniques, and three filmstrips provide a basic knowledge of motorcycle parts, maintenance, and insurance. An MRC feasibility study, resulted in revisions to the original course: replacement of on-street sessions with range sessions, and refinement of selected sessions. A five-year evaluation project has been contracted to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles in which motorcycle license applicants will be offered an option of obtaining a learner's permit and volunteering for a motorcycle rider education course or of taking the improved skills and knowledge tests without a learner's permit. Volunteer applicants and those failing the skill test will be assigned to one of three groups (control, Remedial Training Program, or MRC).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 137-44.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Robinson, A R
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 666
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM