We use science to understand and manage the danger of motorcycling.

“We are not taking a side on an issue.  We share information that is factual.  The truth does not have sides.”  NMI

Most people call our subject “Motorcycle Safety.” We call it “Motorcycle Danger.”


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Nobody Told Me That Motorcycles Are So Dangerous
A paper on understanding the danger of motorcycling in the USA


Highlighted NMI Documents:

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The one fact you must know before you decide to operate a motorcycle on public roadways: In fatal motorcycle crashes, the motorcycle is almost always the striking vehicle. In 40% of the crashes the motorcycle was the ONLY vehicle. You should also become aware of Attention and Blindness concepts such as Inattentional Blindness before you choose to ride on motorcycles in traffic.


2016 Motorcyclist Fatality Data Button


Current Motorcyclist Fatalities by Motorcycle Type


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Recommendations to the USA States for reducing motorcyclist fatalities: The Six NMI Talking Points


NMI Graduated Driver License (GDL) System

The National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) Training/Licensing System reduces motorcycle driver Fatalities. This is a basic Graduated Drivers License type of system, intended to be administered by civil servants. It is based on the permit-then-endorsement system previously used in the USA that separated training from endorsement testing. This two-step system is still used by most states for passenger vehicle driver licensing. The two-step Motorcycle Learner-Permit-Then-Endorsement System was well established, prior to the motorcycle industry’s Beginner-Training-License Waiver system that is now in use in many states. The NMI system emphasizes an “Opt-Out” feature to allow new motorcyclists a guilt-free way to discontinue training. Here is the detailed explanation of the flowchart: 6. Graduate through the stages of learning in a progressive manner.


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NMI Punch List
Items for civil servants and government agencies to consider adding to training course materials regarding motorcycling and motorcyclists.


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To summarize the facts:
1. 38 times per person-mile more dangerous.
(27 times per vehicle-mile since cars carry more passengers.)
2. The motorcycle is almost always the striking vehicle.
3. The motorcycle driver (rider-operator) typically has a Motorcycle endorsement.


We do not promote or discourage using motorcycles, we promote making informed choices.

Please share this information with any who are considering riding motorcycles on public streets.

Note that National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) is a Public Benefit Charity contrasted with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation which is a motorcycle industry sponsored organization.

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