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Leader's Guide for Selecting a Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator

Leader's Guide for Selecting a Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator

GROUND DIVISION
Directorate of Analysis and Prevention
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center
Fort Novosel, Alabama

Editor’s note: The following article is intended to provide leaders information on how to select a Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator (MSPC) and aid in promoting safe and responsible motorcycle riding within the organization. A brochure containing this same information can be downloaded from the USACRC website at this link.

What is an MSPC?

An MSPC is an influential adviser who assists the organization's leaders and riders. An MSPC who focuses on improving and sustaining motorcycle safety will guide new riders through their transition from novice to more experienced rider through teaching, training and coaching. MSPCs, when supported and encouraged by the command, can influence a safe riding culture in the organization, which serves as a force multiplier that enhances readiness through mishap prevention. MSPCs can pass their knowledge to less experienced riders and help them improve skills, maintain their motorcycles and share a common appreciation of safe riding.

Is there an Army requirement to have an MSPC?

Yes, pending an upcoming change to Army Regulation 385-10. Until then, an ALARACT message has been released to support the MSPC.

What should I consider when selecting an MSPC?

There are general guidelines to follow when selecting an MSPC. Age and rank should not be the sole criteria when selecting the best MSPC. Riding experience and motorcycle knowledge are far more important. An MSPC should:

  • Be licensed and current with Army requirements
  • Ride on a frequent or routine basis
  • Have several years of varied riding experience on different types of motorcycles (sport, cruiser, touring, dirt) and environments (city, country, hills, weather)
  • Be committed to reducing motorcycle mishaps
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Want to be an MSPC

What are some questions I should ask when interviewing an MSPC candidate?

Leaders should ask the following questions when interviewing a prospective MSPC:

  • How many years have you had a motorcycle license/endorsement?
  • Have you received a ticket for a moving violation within the last five years?
  • Has your license ever been suspended or revoked? If so, why?
  • What are the Army regulatory requirements for training and PPE wear?
  • Did you ride a motorcycle as a child/teenager? (Off-road experience may enhance street-riding skills.)
  • What type of riding do you currently do — street, touring, dirt, commuting, other? (A fair-weather rider may not possess the skills needed to mentor a less experienced rider.)
  • Do you believe in the MSPC concept?

Should my MSPC be a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach?

No. A RiderCoach is not required for credentialing as an MSPC. However, if the unit is willing to fund the training and support keeping the RiderCoach current, it can be considered. A RiderCoach conducts training on a certified motorcycle range and must complete at least two courses in a two-year period. That seems like a small number, but when you take into account training exercises, deployments and availability to assist at an established range, it can be a difficult task to complete.

How is the MSF's RiderCoach Preparation Course funded?

Funding is the responsibility of the unit or rider if he or she desires to become a RiderCoach.

Are there safety training plans available for my MSPC?

Yes. The MSF developed 52 training modules and associated quizzes that are available for trained MSPCs to use to train riders in their organization. These modules are available via the MSF's Rider Education and Training System Online Resource Guide website.

Will there be training available for my MSPC?

Yes. Training will be provided through the MSF's Rider Mentor Training Course. Every installation will have an opportunity to get an MSPC-trained rider mentor who can provide training to other MSPCs. (Note: Finalization of the training for the MSF Rider Mentor Course is still on-going. Once complete and implemented, additional information will be provided.)

What other options do I have for training?

Army Regulation 385-10 requires Soldier riders to undergo hands-on Motorcycle Refresher Training (MRT) if deployed more than 180 days. Riders may also use MRT to refresh and hone basic maneuvers on their own motorcycles after extended periods of not riding due to environmental factors. Commanders/leaders can also use MRT to review licensing, training, insurance, PPE and serviceability of the rider's motorcycle. Sample exercise videos are available at https://safety.army.mil/OFF-DUTY/PMV-2-Motorcycles/Training.

I currently have an MSPC. What should I do to ensure the program's success?

Command support is essential for an effective MSPC. Leaders should encourage higher-level MSPC participation (brigade, installation). Creativity, innovation and feedback from riders also play an important role when making plans for meetings or events. Leaders should encourage riders to meet and ride frequently, as interaction fosters a safe riding culture and provides an opportunity for the MSPC and riders to discuss issues, trends and dangerous riding locations as well as review each other's programs.

 

FYI

Remember, riding is a privilege earned through training and discipline! Check out the resources below for more information on motorcycle mentorship.

 

  • 5 May 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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