National Association of State
Motorcycle Safety Administrators

April 2013 Newsletter

In This Issue:

SMSA Executive Committee Members Elections

Building a "Wall" for Rider Skills and Safety

2013 National Summit Information

Call For Papers

2013 SMSA Outstanding Contribution Award

2013 SMSA Outstanding State Award

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SMSA Executive Committee Members Elections
Watch your inbox for SMSA Election and Nomination Information to be sent out to Voting Members on Monday April 15th.

Building a “Wall” for Rider Skills and Safety
Rochester, NY – In support of May 2013 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Street Skills announces the website. 

Imagine vast motorcycle-related resources on one webpage in a single viewing. The "wall" will serve as the hub for skill-building awareness and enjoyment in the motorcycling community.  This resource is for all riders and organizations that have an interest in building or promoting riding skills. It is also an enjoyable place to explore various organizations in the motorcycling community. 

Organizations or individuals show their support by purchasing "blocks" of various sizes.  Initially, the digital wall will be constructed block by block with linked images supplied by participants.  After all the blocks have been filled, it will continue to spread safety awareness in the motorcycling community for years to come.

“The idea of extensive rider resources all viewed and visited from one single webpage seemed like a simple and fun way for riders of any skill level or segment to engage in growth opportunities,” said Jon DelVecchio, Street Skills author and podcast host.  

Since the focus of the wall is rider skill-building and safety, any organization that directly relates to rider safety, is in the motorcycle industry or supports motorcycling is encouraged to participate.  Individual motorcyclists that identify with the concept are welcome to join as well.   This is a unique way to take action to promote rider safety and enjoyment.

Visit and participate at   

About Street Skills 
Street Skills is led by motorcycling skills and safety professional Jon DelVecchio.  Jon first published his book Motorcycling streetSkills Flashcards three years ago for riders to “build skills one ride at a time”.  Since the book’s release, Jon has been hosting the streetSkills Motorcyclist Safety Podcast and offering additional rider resources at his website: 

For more information, questions or comments please contact:
Jon DelVecchio
86 Chiswick Dr.
Churchville, NY 14428
(585) 802-9859

Updated 2013 Summit Information
The SMSA National Summit on Comprehensive Motorcycle Safety Programs will be held on August 23-25, 2013 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  The annual SMSA Summit brings together leaders in motorcycle safety.
The SMSA National Summit offers an unparalleled opportunity to build relationships with individuals and organizations committed to improving motorcycle safety programs.
Pre-Summit activities include: two professional development workshops and the annual business meeting.
Supported by our host state, the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program, and with special events sponsored by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the National Summit will provide attendees with three days of informative and interactive sessions addressing motorcycle safety across the country.

The Summit registration form as well as Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities are available on the SMSA website at 2013 Summit and Events.

Call for Papers
The SMSA is actively seeking presenters for the 2013 SMSA National Summit.
The 2013 Summit will focus on the NHTSA’s Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety Programs Guideline No. 3 Motorcycle Safety promoting comprehensive motorcycle safety programs. The SMSA would like to see presentations submitted that address countermeasures, initiatives and/or working strategies in the following areas:

  • Program Management
  • Motorcycle Personal Protective Gear
  • Motorcycle Operator Licensing
  • Motorcycle Rider Education and Training
  • Motorcycle Operator Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Drugs
  • Legislation and Regulations
  • Law Enforcement & Emergency Medical Services
  • Highway Engineering
  • Motorcycle Rider Conspicuity and Motorist Awareness
  • Communication Program
  • Program Evaluation and Data

If you or someone you know has a professional, quality presentation on an aspect of motorcycle safety, please click here for more information on the call for papers.

2013 SMSA Outstanding Contribution Award
The SMSA Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 SMSA Outstanding Contribution Award. This annual Award, formerly known as the Chairperson Award, recognizes individuals who through their dedication, commitment and contribution to motorcycle safety have made a positive impact on a national, state or local level.  SMSA selects one person annually for this award. Nominees may be currently or previously associated with the SMSA or an SMSA member’s program or organization.  Individuals may not nominate themselves and individuals that have previously received this award are not eligible.  Members of the Award Committee are also not eligible for nomination.

SMSA Outstanding Contribution Award Nomination Form

2013 SMSA Outstanding State Award
The SMSA Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 SMSA Outstanding State Award. This is a new award that recognizes a state with a comprehensive state motorcycle safety program (NHTSA Highway Safety Program Guideline No. 3 – Motorcycle Safety Program) and has implemented strategies that are successful, effective and can be measured, evaluated and serve as best practices.

State Award Nomination Form