Fort McCoy News May 8, 2015

Motorcycle safety requires heightened awareness

As the 2015 motorcycle-riding season begins with the arrival of warmer spring weather, the Installation Safety Office (ISO) reminds all motorcycle riders to be ready and armed with the best safety knowledge.

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"To be able to successfully enjoy your motorcycling experience and be safe, you'll need to master the art of motorcycling and be aware of the risk factors associated with it," said ISO Manager Randy Eddy.

According to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, prospective riders should ask a number of questions before taking to the road. They include:

• How do you become a safe and disciplined rider?

• What are your responsibilities as a safe and disciplined rider?

• What are the regulatory requirements you must abide by?

• What else can you do to proactively mentor fellow riders to support a safe and disciplined culture?

• Have you informed your chain of command you are a motorcycle rider; maintained your license, endorsement, insurance, and registration; and complied with requirements in Army Regulation 385-10 (The Army Safety Program) and local policies?


Motorcycle-safety courses offered

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation two-day Basic Rider Course (BRC) and
one-day Experienced Rider Course (ERC) training are offered free to
active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members.

BRC training sessions will be held May 11-12 and 20-21, June 10-11 and
25-26, July 9-10 and 21-22, Aug. 4-5 and 17-18, and Sept. 10-11 and 24-25.


ERC training sessions will be held May 13 and 22, June 24, July 23, Aug. 3
and 19, and Sept. 23.

Register through the Installation Management Command Registration System
at https://imc.army.mil/airs/.

For more information about the BRC or motorcycle safety, contact Tim
Cumberworth at 608-388-7712.



ISO Safety Specialist Tim Cumberworth said his office can help answer those questions. "We can help people new to motorcycle operations learn what they need to know about all they should look for and where they can get support," he said.

Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 6055.4, DOD Traffic Safety Program, lists the baseline training and operation requirements for motorcyclists within the DOD. AR 385-10 also identifies motorcycle safety training requirements for service members and, in some cases, DOD civilian employees.

"That's why we hold motorcycle safety training at Fort McCoy," Cumberworth said. "This training is coordinated through Installation Management Command's (IMCOM) Army Traffic Safety Training Program."

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) course meets DOD and Army standards. Fort McCoy's BRC sessions are open to military members only.

"The Basic Rider Course is great for teaching the basic fundamentals about motorcycle riding," Cumberworth said.

For civilian motorcyclists on Fort McCoy, it's also recommended they take a motorcycle safety course, Cumberworth said. Those who want to find the nearest motorcycle safety course training site to take a course should check with the nearest Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles office, or go online to http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/vehicle/motorcycle/training.htm#other-schools.

Civilian motorcyclists traveling on Fort McCoy also must have: a valid driver's license with motorcycle endorsement (class M license); insurance; and must wear the same personal protective equipment as military riders.

Cumberworth also reminds motorcyclists of these tips from the MSF:

• Stay visible. Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.

• Be aware of other vehicles' blind spots. Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.

• Always dress for safety. Wear a quality helmet and eye protection. Wear bright clothing; a light-colored helmet; and leather or other thick, protective clothing.

• Also apply effective mental strategies. Constantly search the road for changing conditions.

• Use lane positioning to be seen — ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible. Watch for turning vehicles, signal your next move in advance, and avoid weaving between lanes.

• Pretend you're invisible, and ride extra defensively.

• Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed limit.

For more information about motorcycle safety, go online to https://safety.army.mil or http://www.msf-usa.org, or call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the Installation Safety Office.)