Motorcycle Safety Foundation Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

| 2/5/2013 4:46:35 PM

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Commemorating 40 Years of Leadership in Motorcyclist Safety
40 Years of MSF 

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 – This year, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation celebrates 40 years of providing motorcyclists with rider training and education in its mission to create and support motorcyclists of good riding character and to save lives. Further, the Foundation initiates programs in public information and education, as well as public policy, with a goal of creating a safer motorcycle riding environment.

Established in 1973 when few formal, research-based motorcyclist training programs existed, the not-for-profit MSF created an education training program that has evolved from a single learn-to-ride program into a comprehensive training system with the breadth and depth to address a variety of riders' needs and interests and promote lifelong learning.

Since its inception, MSF curricula have been used to train approximately 6.5 million motorcyclists and we are expected to exceed seven million riders later this year. A factor for this increased training pace can be partially attributed to MSF’s relatively recent emphasis on adult learning principles, the practice of placing greater responsibility on the student, and overall learner-centered facilitation as opposed to instructor-centered instruction.

“So much has been learned about safety and learning methods over the last four decades,” said Dr. Ray Ochs, MSF vice president of training systems and lead developer of the groundbreaking MSF Basic RiderCourse. “MSF looks at recent research and contemporary literature to ensure the best outcomes for riders. Program success results from being firmly rooted in substantive underpinnings, which include motorcycle-related research and experience, general and traffic-related safety principles, a focus on adult and accelerated learning principles, and motor skills development principles.”

MSF is supported by 11 original equipment manufacturer industry members. With 2,625 recognized training facilities in 48 states and 14 countries, MSF trained a little over 400,000 motorcyclists in 2012 alone. Furthermore, these motorcyclists were trained by approximately 9,500 MSF-certified RiderCoaches, who are, in turn, trained by 250 RiderCoach trainers.

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