I don't like bikers.
Bikers are inherently dangerous and crazed.
Training doesn't work.
Only insane people ride bikes, why would anyone sane put themselves at that much risk?
Not on my watch, we will discourage motorcycle riders and suggest they stop riding.
A motorcycle KILLED my brother.
The US Army fielded the Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) in April 2006, and since then ATSTP has morphed and grown into a full frontal assault against private motor vehicle, and motorcycle mishaps. Within the first year, the raw numbers in motorcycle mishaps declined significantly. I won't bore you with the numbers, but if there is a demand I will post the results from previous years. The important thing is that there was a reduction, and unfortunately empirical data was not collected service wide. So we are left wondering what exactly caused the change.
One of the Army changes included the adoption of Motorcycle Refresher Training (MRT), and the early results showed promise. The first MRT effort occurred on March 2008 at Fort Stewart, Georgia Third Infantry Division (3ID). The Division was starting to redeploy from combat and the Garrison Safety Officer Jimmy McCullough was tasked with stopping any fatalities from occurring during post deployment leave (vacation for us civilians). Third ID had been plagued by a high number of motorcycle fatalities during the previous redeployment, and the commanding general ordered Jimmy McCullough to guarantee that no returning soldier shall die on a motorcycle. The motorcycle riding season of 2008 saw an increase in motorcycle sales and fatalities, fortunately none of the redeployed Fort Stewart Soldier were part of the fatalities. Jimmy McCullough and his team of safety professional pulled off what many thought would be impossible--stop fatalities without prohibiting motorcycle riding. In this success story, the empirical data was collected. Fort Stewart had collected and tracked every soldier who completed MRT and the results are positive. To date over 1000 soldiers on Fort Stewart completed MRT and only four soldiers had experienced a mishap since the first session in March 2008! All four mishaps were treated and released, and three of the mishaps were caused by the car driver failing to yield to the motorcyclist right of way. This is very good news indeed.
As with any study or policy change, one must have a measurable performance and one must be able to replicate the results. Fort Hood has been using MRT, too, and the results are similar. The next test happens upon 3ID redeployment from theatre again, and a new round of MRT sessions are tracked and recorded. Many suspect similar, if not identical, results from the second study. No motorcycle fatalities is a good thing--has the Army found its magic bullet?