USDOT Names Members to New Motorcyclist Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today named 13 members to its newly established Motorcyclist Advisory Council, which will advise the Department on key motorcycle safety issues. The announcement comes as motorcyclist deaths are on the rise, even as projections show an eighth consecutive quarterly decline in overall traffic fatalities. NHTSA estimates that motorcycle fatalities increased 2% in 2023, up from the 6,218 motorcyclists killed in crashes in 2022.

The 13 members bring a variety of stakeholder perspectives to the council, including from state transportation departments, motorcycle riders’ organizations, road safety associations, nongovernmental groups, researchers, and road engineers. As part of its charter, the council will coordinate with and advise the Secretary of Transportation, NHTSA, and the Federal Highway Administration on transportation issues specific to motorcyclists, including motorcycle and motorcyclist safety, barrier and road design, construction and maintenance practices, and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies.

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