Addressing the Motorcyclist Advisory Council Recommendations: Synthesis on Roadway Geometry, Pavement Design, and Pavement Construction and Maintenance PracticesAbstract:
Roadway geometry, pavement design, and pavement construction and maintenance practices are designed to construct and maintain roadway facilities that provide for motor vehicle travel. Typical practices focus on passenger car or truck needs and may not specifically recognize the special needs of motorcycles. This synthesis highlights the general recent history of motorcycle-specific safety research while also addressing specific road design, pavement design, and construction and maintenance issues related to motorcycles. Significant gaps in design, friction needs, and motorcycle-specific concerns related to roadway and pavement construction and maintenance are identified. The final portion of this report summarizes potential research topics that could be investigated to help improve the safety of both motorcycle travel and all other types of motor vehicle travel in the United States.