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Federal Highway Administration. MAC-FHWA. Motorcyclist Advisory Council – Federal Highway Administration. By Martin Calawa, ITS/Safety Engineer. SAFETEA-LU. Mandates MAC Establishment Established by Secretary through Federal Highway Administration

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Federal Highway Administration


Motorcyclist Advisory Council –

Federal Highway Administration

By Martin Calawa, ITS/Safety Engineer

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  • Mandates MAC Establishment

  • Established by Secretary through Federal Highway Administration

  • To “Coordinate with and Advise” on Infrastructure Issues

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SAFETEA-LUInfrastructure Issues Mandated

  • Barrier Design

  • Road Design, Construction and Maintenance practices

  • Implementation of ITS Technologies & Architecture

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SAFETEA-LUSpecified Membership

  • Not more than 10 Members

  • One Each Recommended by:

    • a National Motorcycle Riders Foundation

    • a National Motorcyclist Association

    • a National Org. representing Highway Builders

    • a National Org. representing the Traffic Safety Systems Industry

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SAFETEA-LUSpecified Membership

  • 1 from a National Safety Org.

  • 1 from the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators

  • 2 members from State Motorcycles’ Organizations, and

  • 1 or 2 motorcyclists who are traffic systems design engineers or State transportation dept. officials

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Council Selection

  • Notice of Intent published in Federal Register Dec. 23, 2005

  • 44 Nominations Received

  • FHWA selected Members based on:

    • Mandated requirements

    • Congressional Recommendations

    • Experience

    • Geographical Representation

      of States

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First MAC Meeting

  • October 24, 2006

  • In Washington DC at FHWA HQ

  • Kick-off

    • presentation by Mary Peters

    • Attended by:

      • FHWA Administrator Rick Capka

      • Associate Administrator Jeff Lindley

  • Meeting Run by “Designated Federal Official” Michael Halladay,

    Office of Safety

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Council Comments

  • General Comments:

    • Designs currently based on cars—motorcycles not considered

    • Awareness/education is a big issue

    • Designers think of motorist only

    • Things have changed due to growth of motorcycles

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Barrier Comments

  • program, “Safer signs, are yours break-away”

  • how to make more motorcycle-friendly barriers?

  • Asked, Research on Effects of Guardrail on Motorcycles?

  • Raised Medians are a problem – can they be simply painted medians?

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Design Comments

  • Issue is pavement markings as significant contributors to motorcycle crashes & should be looked into

  • add skid resistance to pavement markings – especially intersections

  • Thermo-Plastic buildup

  • Markings become invisible in wet weather. (Retro) Reflectivity is important

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Design comments (Continued)

  • Break-away Signs? Not for Motorcycles

  • Warning signing for hazards

  • Motorcycle specific signage vs. generic signs for all

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Construction Comments

  • Steel plates!

  • Milled surfaces – Builder Awareness

  • Bridge expansion joints

  • temporary crossover lanes, transition from concrete to asphalt is a problem

  • uneven pavement

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  • “settlement” of bridges is issue

  • joints not aligned w/lane markings

  • Preventative maintenance

  • Potholes more dangerous to MC’s

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Discussion Summary

  • Most engineers are not motorcyclists... All about awareness

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Council Member Suggestion

  • toll free phone number for reporting problems like potholes (motorcycle), reported directly to maintenance

  • Web page for Motorcycles

  • FHWA to develop a brochure to raise awareness of motorcycle concerns to designers

  • put “best practices” on sites