ERIC Number: ED098299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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The Case for Motorcycles in the Schools.
Hartman, Charles H.
The need for instructional programs for young, beginning motorcyclists is clearly indicated by statistics; an estimated 70 percent of motorcycle accidents involve inexperienced riders. Teaching the techniques of coexistence in driver education courses is also important since an estimated 62 percent of all auto-cycle accidents are caused by the automobile driver. Military bases, private driving schools, motorcycle dealer sponsored schools, youth and service clubs, as well as public schools could offer motorcycle safety instructional programs. A survey revealed a lack of existing programs, citing a shortage of qualified teachers as the main cause. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), founded by the six leading motorcycle manufacturers in the United States, offers a remedy through services in teacher education, development of related curriculum materials, testing of such materials, data analysis, and research. Recently graduate workshops were conducted offering basic riding instruction, problem identification, and educational programming and curriculum development, aimed at increasing the number of qualified motorcycle teachers. Now the responsibility rests with the high school traffic safety educators, teacher training faculty, State education department personnel, and others to provide this needed instructional program. (MW)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Authoring Institution: Aetna Life and Casualty, Hartford, CT.