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Motorcycle Travel Symposium

NTSB Conference Facility - L'Enfant Plaza
October 10 - 12, 2007

Motorcycles are the fastest growing form of personal transportation in the United States, yet estimating travel for them is difficult at the local, State, and national level. At all levels of government, and throughout the private sector, estimates of motorcycle travel play an important role, from providing input into policy discussions, to estimating motorcycle fatality rates.

On January 30, 2007, FHWA and NHTSA Administrators Capka and Nason signed a joint memorandum to the FHWA Division and NHTSA Regional Offices stressing the importance of motorcycle travel data. This memo also outlined an accelerated timeline for the mandatory reporting of these data by State DOTs beginning in June 2008. The Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are hosting the Symposium as a way to:

  • continue the discussion on the topic initiated by NTSB at their Motorcycle Forum held September 2006,
  • share State best practices in the collection of these data,
  • explore ways to merge the data from the various groups represented at the Symposium, and
  • propose future research in the area that would ultimately lead to better State and National estimates of motorcycle travel.

The Motorcycle Travel Symposium will bring together groups interested in measuring or using motorcycle travel data along with the groups currently collecting some form of motorcycle travel data. The target audience is federal, state, and local agencies that collect travel data, vehicle registration data, and vehicle inspection data. Private industry representatives which include groups that develop equipment for measuring travel, motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle riders groups, toll facility operators, and any other individual or organization that as a course of business may record motorcycle odometer readings such as service stations and vehicle maintenance businesses. Other sources of motorcycle travel data will also be explored, such as active theft deterrent/recovery systems, aerial and satellite imagery, vehicle mounted digital short-range communication (DSRC) equipment, civilian adaptations of military technology, GPS, and cell phones.

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David Winter
Office of Highway Policy Information
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Updated: 04/15/2011

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration