IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 3, 2016 – After winning the contract this summer to manage the Colorado Department of Transportation Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Program (MOST), the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, in collaboration with the Colorado DOT, is now rolling out its statewide online RiderCourse Enrollment System (RES).
Colorado is at the forefront of offering multiple license-waiver curricula to its prospective students, led by MSF’s Basic RiderCourse. All iterations of MSF’s novice rider training course have been recognized since 1974 as the gold standard for motorcycle rider training throughout the United States. Nearly eight million motorcyclists have learned basic riding skills or boosted their existing skills in MSF-developed courses during the more than 40 years of MSF’s existence. Indeed, for the past four decades most statewide motorcyclist training programs across the country have offered only the highly regarded MSF RiderCourses.
MSF’s RES will be the centralized course reporting, course administration and database management system for MOST, and enables MOST students to enroll online for any MOST-approved course.
“RES is a proven business tool that MSF is providing at no cost to the state of Colorado to significantly reduce state and training site administrative costs, which directly benefits RiderCourse participants,” said Tim Buche, MSF president and chief executive officer. “RES also simplifies the sign-up process for prospective students, will reduce wait-times for MOST motorcycle training courses, and has the capability to transmit course completion information from a training site to CDOT within one business day.”
“We have tasked MSF with managing training operations, quality assurance, and instructor professional development so CDOT can focus on future initiatives, collaborations and opportunities to make MOST the premier motorcycle rider training program in the nation, now and for decades to come,” said Lynn Holly, CDOT traffic safety specialist. “MSF has established depth and breadth of experience in managing statewide rider education programs and we’re looking forward to collaborating with them to bring the most sophisticated, research-based and proven rider training programs to prospective riders.”
The MSF will apply its national resources to manage the statewide program, including MOST vendor agreements, working with CDOT to implement an all-new MOST policies and procedures manual, forming a MOST quality assurance team, executing MSF Rider Education Recognition Program agreements, updating all training range documents, and will be basing its operations in the Denver metro area.
The MSF has developed and supports 24 types of RiderCourses, each designed to meet current or prospective motorcyclists at their level of need, and are available to Colorado MOST Vendors to offer at their training sites.
The MSF has 50 years of combined management of multiple statewide motorcycle rider education programs. It is a leader in conducting innovative research initiatives, such as the MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic study in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. The MSF 100 is the world’s first, large scale naturalistic study of motorcycle riding. MSF sponsors and co-sponsors national and international conferences and is the motorcycle safety leader and national resource to others with a role in motorcycle safety.
The five-year CDOT MOST contract was awarded to MSF following a bidding process involving two other competing vendors.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests, and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973. The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.