The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has published its Contract for Safety for use by the general motorcycling public. It is a discussion tool that can help a prospective motorcycle rider have a serious conversation with concerned friends or family members about a responsible way forward into the exciting world of motorcycling. Previously available only on the Apple iTunes Store to purchasers of MSF’s Rider Choices iBook, the Contract can now be downloaded from MSF’s website.
Avoiding crashes on a motorcycle requires not only being aware of the risks in traffic, but also managing those risks. With the Contract, the motorcyclist can review each of the key elements known to contribute to safety, initial each one in the presence of a friend or family member, and by signing the document and having the witness countersign it, affirm his or her intent to make wise choices when riding, with the overarching goal of reducing crashes. The Contract’s safety elements include getting trained, wearing a full set of safety gear on each ride, riding unimpaired, and keeping one’s motorcycle in excellent condition.
The MSF characterizes motorcycling as “serious fun” – serious because of the potential risks, and fun because of the ongoing joy it provides the prepared rider. MSF also believes that motorcycling isn’t for everyone, since some individuals lack the abilities or judgment required for safe riding. Riders who are willing to commit to riding safely and responsibly are encouraged to demonstrate that commitment by using the Contract for Safety and sharing it with other riders.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests, and public information programs. For more information, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.