A Survey of Motorcyclists: Data for Research Design and Instrumentation
Williams, Vicki Higginbotham
McLaughlin, Shane B.
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The results of a survey of 424 motorcyclists are presented in order to provide information for motorcycle safety research. Survey questions address topics related to rider demographics, riding experience (years, mileage, and trip description), motorcycle characteristics, rider training, safety issues (maintenance, equipment, and crash data), and respondent interest (willingness, reasons for hesitation, and acceptable compensation). The respondents' interest in participating in an on-road motorcycle study is analyzed relative to the other questions, and deterrents to participation, as well as desired compensation, are also discussed in order to design such studies to encourage participation. Results of a cluster analysis are also presented to theorize possible categorizations of riders in terms of the collected variables. This information will be a useful starting block in the design and execution of motorcycle safety research.