Motorcycle Crash Causation Study

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(243)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contract Start Date: Apr 01, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1300
Partners: FHWA, IADOT, NM, NY, OH, OK, TX, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Mar 31, 2015
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2012
Contract End Date: Mar 31, 2015
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $700,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $775,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Craig Thor
Craig.Thor@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3338
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Craig Thor
Craig.Thor@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3338
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2011 $25,000.00 David Pamplin david.pamplin@dot.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2011 $15,000.00 Steve Gent Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2012 $15,000.00 Steve Gent Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2011 $150,000.00 Scott McClure Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Oklahoma Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2014 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2012 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Why Are Motorcycle Fatality Rates so High? In 2009, there were 4,462 motorcycle crash-related fatalities in the United States. That is over twice the number of motorcycle rider fatalities that occurred in 1997. Furthermore, every State experienced an increase in the number of annual motorcycle fatalities over this same time-period. This is despite a 27% reduction in the number of fatalities in passenger cars and light trucks. Thus far, the highway safety community does not have a complete understanding of the reasons for this discrepancy, largely due to a lack of comprehensive data sources. The existing federally supported crash databases provide only limited information on motorcycle crashes and are not tuned to the unique causative factors that affect motorcycle crashes. As a result, acquiring information that focuses on the motorcycle-specific causative factors in crashes has been made a priority by State and Federal Governments alike. The data resulting from this motorcycle crash causation study that will be developed through this pooled-fund project will serve as the foundation for answering the important questions about why motorcycle crashes occur and what data-supported countermeasures can be introduced to address these issues.

Please see the attached document for additonal information.

Objectives

The primary objective of the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is to investigate the causes of motorcycle crashes and to enable the development of countermeasures that can be effective in reducing these crashes. Using the field tested methodology developed by the OECD, the study will focus on all relevant aspects of motorcycle crashes that could be susceptible to countermeasures that will either prevent motorcycle crashes from occurring or will lessen the harm resulting from them. The objective of this transportation pooled fund study is to provide additional funding to increase the number of crash investigations that will be used to expand the database.

Scope of Work

Please see the attached document for detailed information regarding the Scope of Work.

Comments

The disparity in safety improvements for passenger vehicles compared to motorcycles with regard to crash and fatality rates is increasingly becoming a significant public health issue in the United States. The findings of this study will help identify the motorcycle-specific crash causation factors and assist the states in producing effective measures to address these issues.

The desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year per agency. However, level of commitment may vary based on size and type of agency (e.g. county and city). Desired minimum level of contribution is $15,000 per year per agency. Consistent funding for three (3) years is desired. A waiver has been provided by the FHWA that will allow SP&R funds to be allocated to this project from State DOTs. Additional funding mechanisms and sources are welcomed as well.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo_(5)243.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2011 TPF 5_243 MCCS - Quarterly Report_2011-3rd QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2011 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2011-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-3rd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-3rd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2014 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2014-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2015 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2015-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2016 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2016-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2016 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2016-4th QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Motorcycle Crash Causation Study Pooled Fund Write-up_2011-1-19v2.pdf Study Summary Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Motorcycle Crash Causation Study 1300.pdf Solicitation Public

Motorcycle Crash Causation Study

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(243)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Contract Start Date: Apr 01, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1300
Partners: FHWA, IADOT, NM, NY, OH, OK, TX, WI
Status: Contract signed
Est. Completion Date: Mar 31, 2015
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2012
Contract End Date: Mar 31, 2015
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $700,000.00
Total Commitments Received: $775,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Craig Thor
Craig.Thor@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3338
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Craig Thor
Craig.Thor@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3338
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2011 $25,000.00 David Pamplin david.pamplin@dot.gov
Iowa Department of Transportation 2011 $15,000.00 Steve Gent Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
Iowa Department of Transportation 2012 $15,000.00 Steve Gent Cheryl Cowie 515-239-1447 Cheryl.Cowie@iowadot.us
New Mexico Department of Transportation 2011 $150,000.00 Scott McClure Deirdre Billingsley 505-841-9147 Deirdre.Billingsley@state.nm.us
New York State Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 Robert Limoges Gary Frederick 518-457-4645 gary.frederick@dot.ny.gov
Ohio Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Ohio Department of Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 Michelle May General Research 614-644-8135 Research@dot.state.oh.us
Oklahoma Transportation 2012 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2013 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2014 $50,000.00 David Glabas Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2012 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Gonzalo Ponce Sandra Kaderka rtimain@txdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2012 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $15,000.00 Greg Patzer Ethan Severson 608-266-1457 ethanp.severson@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Why Are Motorcycle Fatality Rates so High? In 2009, there were 4,462 motorcycle crash-related fatalities in the United States. That is over twice the number of motorcycle rider fatalities that occurred in 1997. Furthermore, every State experienced an increase in the number of annual motorcycle fatalities over this same time-period. This is despite a 27% reduction in the number of fatalities in passenger cars and light trucks. Thus far, the highway safety community does not have a complete understanding of the reasons for this discrepancy, largely due to a lack of comprehensive data sources. The existing federally supported crash databases provide only limited information on motorcycle crashes and are not tuned to the unique causative factors that affect motorcycle crashes. As a result, acquiring information that focuses on the motorcycle-specific causative factors in crashes has been made a priority by State and Federal Governments alike. The data resulting from this motorcycle crash causation study that will be developed through this pooled-fund project will serve as the foundation for answering the important questions about why motorcycle crashes occur and what data-supported countermeasures can be introduced to address these issues.

Please see the attached document for additonal information.

Objectives

The primary objective of the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is to investigate the causes of motorcycle crashes and to enable the development of countermeasures that can be effective in reducing these crashes. Using the field tested methodology developed by the OECD, the study will focus on all relevant aspects of motorcycle crashes that could be susceptible to countermeasures that will either prevent motorcycle crashes from occurring or will lessen the harm resulting from them. The objective of this transportation pooled fund study is to provide additional funding to increase the number of crash investigations that will be used to expand the database.

Scope of Work

Please see the attached document for detailed information regarding the Scope of Work.

Comments

The disparity in safety improvements for passenger vehicles compared to motorcycles with regard to crash and fatality rates is increasingly becoming a significant public health issue in the United States. The findings of this study will help identify the motorcycle-specific crash causation factors and assist the states in producing effective measures to address these issues.

The desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year per agency. However, level of commitment may vary based on size and type of agency (e.g. county and city). Desired minimum level of contribution is $15,000 per year per agency. Consistent funding for three (3) years is desired. A waiver has been provided by the FHWA that will allow SP&R funds to be allocated to this project from State DOTs. Additional funding mechanisms and sources are welcomed as well.

Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo_(5)243.pdf Memorandum Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2011 TPF 5_243 MCCS - Quarterly Report_2011-3rd QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2011 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2011-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-3rd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2012 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2012-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: July-September, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-3rd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2013 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2013-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: January-March, 2014 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2014-1st_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2015 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2015-4th_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: April-June, 2016 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2016-2nd_QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Progress Report: October-December, 2016 TPF_5_243_MCCS_-_Quarterly_Report_2016-4th QTR.docx Quarterly Progress Report Public
Motorcycle Crash Causation Study Pooled Fund Write-up_2011-1-19v2.pdf Study Summary Public
Title File/Link Type Private
Motorcycle Crash Causation Study 1300.pdf Solicitation Public

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