Military Sportbike RiderCourse Paying Huge Dividends

Update on the success of the MSRC in helping to promote safe responsible riding.

Last year the Motorcycle Safety Foundation released and began implementing the Military Sport Bike Riders Course (MSRC). This curriculum was created to answer to the rising deaths of military personnel.  Studies showed that more military personnel were being killed in off duty recreational vehicles, than in combat. The MSRC is now mandatory for all military personnel who own an operate a sport bike.

I was certified to to teach this course in February of this year. I have conducted about 5 classes so far. I think it is a great course, and am looking forward t teaching the civilian version once it is released.

Here are the current numbers according to a report published by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Navy motorcycle fatalities have been reduced 65 percent from the previous year,
with a 62 percent reduction in sportbike fatalities. The emphasis on training
and especially on the completion of the Military Sportbike RiderCourse
(MSRC) is paying huge dividends. To date, about half of the approximately
11,676 Navy sportbike riders have completed the MSRC. Note: in FY08, 29 out
of 33 Navy motorcycle fatalities occurred on sportbikes. MSF is also working
with the states to provide ARC-ST, which is extremely helpful to the Navy
when we are planning to reach remote activities.

From 2008 to 2009, USMC motorcycle fatalities were reduced 53.8 percent from
26 deaths to 12 deaths. Sportbike related deaths have seen a 65 percent
reduction in fatalities from 23 to 8. The improvement is significant, and is
due in part to the involvement of the MSF, which focuses on the human element
of the riding task in general and sportbike riders specifically via its
specially designed MSRC.

The Army recently reported that it has pulled the right mix of online and
hands-on programs that their soldiers and civilians go through to receive
certification training on motorcycle operations, as well as informal programs
such as motorcycle clubs to enhance the skills they learn. With these
efforts, they are making progress. Last year, they lost 51 soldiers due to
motorcycle accidents. So far this year, the Army has lost 21, whereas it had
already lost 33 at the same time last year. The Army has included delivery of
the MSRC in its training program.

The Army has also "expanded emphasis" on the Battle Buddy concept,
and is also working to change cultures in organizations so that everyone
understands their roles in promoting responsible riding.


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