The AMA Wants Motorcyclists Included in the Road to Zero Initiative

Dec 05, 2016 View Comments by

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The AMA is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to include motorcyclists in its ambitious plan to eliminate fatalities on the nation’s roadways.

The plan, called Road to Zero, is tackling the task of ending road fatalities within 30 years. It is an adaptation of the Swedish Vision Zero program that forces planners to design transportation systems with the safety of people as the highest priority, rather than the movement of vehicles. When announcing the initiative, the DOT failed to mention motorcyclists, even though bicyclists, pedestrians, and joggers were singled out for attention.

In response, the AMA sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), urging the inclusion of motorcyclists as part of the coalition or on committees as they are formed. Currently, the Road to Zero Coalition includes the NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the National Safety Council.

The coalition’s initial focus will be on promoting strategies such as increasing seat belt use, installing rumble strips, addressing truck safety, undertaking behavior-change campaigns, and data-driven enforcement. It then will lead the development of a new scenario-based vision on how to achieve zero traffic deaths based on evidence-based strategies and a systematic approach to eliminating risks.

A large part of the long-range plan for Road to Zero is the emergence of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. Referred to as “highly automated vehicles” by the DOT, these HAVs hold the potential for eliminating crashes that are caused by human decision making, including drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving. The DOT has committed $1 million per year for the next three years to provide grants to organizations working on lifesaving programs.

To learn more, visit the AMA. If you’re art of a motorcycle and/or safety organization that could help the Road to Zero initiative, here’s one way to voice your opinion: sign up to become a coalition member.

Source: AMA


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