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August Newsletter


2022 Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period Proclamation

Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association is proud to announce the 21st consecutive Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period in Massachusetts!

This annual event has represented Motorcyclists across the Commonwealth in a coordinated effort between your MMA, the Massachusetts Office of the Governor, the MA Highway Safety Division, the MA Legislature, MassDOT, the MA RMV and the MA Rider Education Program to declare the month of April as “Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Period". In a Proclamation presented to the MMA signed by Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Secretary of State William Francis Galvin, this year’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period runs from Sunday, March 20 to Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

We had a taste of the warming weather heading our way, many motorcyclists have already been on the roads, taking advantage. Unfortunately, drivers still have their windows up, radios and heaters blasting, and over the past couple of months, have been more alert for plow trucks and sanders, not for joggers, bicyclists, and motorcycles. Adding to the confusion, riders are shaking off their winter cobwebs and are focusing on avoiding winter potholes as opposed to watching for sandy roads and other vehicles that aren't used to seeing them. Indeed, the news has already been full of reports of motorcycle crashes, and even more sadly, fatalities this season - and it's not even officially spring yet.

21 years ago, your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association worked with the Commonwealth to establish this annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period. Working as a team, your MMA Board of Directors, officers, and members, lobbied our Legislature to implement this crucial period at a time when motorcyclists would once again be leaving their winter parking for sunny roads. Overall motorcycle fatalities have decreased by approximately 30% since 2002, during a period in which motorcycle registrations increased by roughly the same rate. The MMA believes the annual Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period is a significant contributor to this since it reminds all motorists to share the road at the most critical point in the riding season.

In support of the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period, your MMA is promoting the period through various media outlets including RMV offices, toll booths, and highway signs. Additionally, lawn signs and bumper stickers with the “LOOK! For Motorcycles” slogan are available to riders at no charge from your MMA, and through some of our Gold Card Sponsors.

Massachusetts Motorcycle Association
Strategic Highway Safety Plan
January 25, 2022

Recently Leadership members of the MMA participated in a Web based conference with several hundred officials and other concerned citizens.
The conference subject was how to move forward and implement the States Zero Fatalities goals.

(From the plan document)
Overview of the Plan
The Massachusetts SHSP is developed in accordance with Federal Highway Administration requirements. Federal law requires that the SHSP be coordinated with the state Highway Safety Plan, Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan, and the Highway Safety Improvement Program. This coordination includes aligning performance measures and targets across the aforementioned plans, and the role of this SHSP is to support Massachusetts efforts by identifying EAs, establishing appropriate goals, and developing effective strategies and actions. This SHSP reflects the efforts of 250 engaged stakeholders from more than 50 agency partners who worked on 14 respective EAs that were developed through careful examination of statewide crash data. The outcome of their work is an implementation plan that includes 61 specific strategies, 283 direct actions and 5 legislative proposals to get Massachusetts closer towards zero deaths and to an interim goal of a 12% drop in five-year average fatalities and a 21% drop in five-year average serious injuries.

The MMA plans to remain involved and to participate in "Emphasis Area" stakeholder working group teams.

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