Archive for December 11th, 2008

NHTSA Highlights Cycle Safety

December 11, 2008

Did you know the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a web page devoted to motorcycle safety?

The NHTSA says its Motorcycle Safety page focuses on comprehensive programs designed to help prevent crashes, the prevention of injury when a crash occurs, and the reduction in the seriousness of injury after a crash.

The federal office says its initiatives are designed to foster promoting motorcycle rider education and licensing; reducing the number of impaired motorcyclists; increasing motorist awareness of motorcycles; and increasing helmet use.

Documents on display include:
– “Legislative Facts 2008: Motorcycle Helmet Use Laws”;
– “Summary of Novelty Helmet Performance Testing”;
– “Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety Programs – Motorcycles”;
– “2006 Motorcycle Safety Program Plan”;
– “DOT Secretary Peters Urges Manufacturers to Provide Free or Inexpensive Helmets or Safety Training With Each New Motorcycle Sold”;
– “Model Language for Share the Road with Motorcycles”;
– “Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Laws In Florida”;
– “Traffic Safety Facts 2006: Motorcycle”.

The page also features links to Motorcycle Safety Planners, Publications, Resource Guides, Public Service Announcements, Brochures and Studies & Research.

More on RSD and AOI

December 11, 2008

Not to belabor the subject, but there were a few cool bits I forgot to mention in my original post here about the Roland Sands/Toyota Trucks/Upper Playground collaboration, Architects of Inspiration.

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Sure I talked about the RSD-influenced works of art by Sam Flores and Mr. Cartoon, but I didn’t mention The NOTHING machine by artist Rodney Aguiar. I love creative, Rube Goldberg sh*t like this. Take a close look. It’s a motor-drive collection of gears, sprockets, chains and crankshaft that repeatedly types out the word “nothing” on a mutilated electric typer. I want to make something like that brushes my teeth for me.

photo from RSD blog

photo from RSD blog

There was also the collaborative piece between RSD and Smokin’ Seagulls in which they transformed three dirt bikes into some kickass cafe racers. I’ve got an old YZ250 that I’ve wanted to do this to for a long while.

Seeking a bit more information about the project so I tossed a couple of questions at Sands who came back at me with the following:

How were the artists selected?

I worked with Matt Riveli at Upper playground to select artists that matched what we wanted to accomplish. We really wanted to create an environment. I was already fans of guys like Sam Flores and N8 VanDyke so those guys were some of my top picks and they jumped on board to do it so it was great. The Smoking Seagulls guys were friends and we were amped to work together on the café racer piece. Bell helmets brought Jona on board and he was a huge talent. I brought my friend and a great talent Karl Drehsen from Long Beach and Tom Clark is a pinstripping genius I work with all the time. A classic master.

Who came up with the concept?

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve always enjoyed painting and creating and this was the next obvious step. Take all the things I love to do and put them together. If there was a guy doing a back flip over the whole thing we might of combined it all … next time.

Check out the RSD blog for more on AOI (and other stuff RSD is up to).