Interactive mobile training facility will promote motorcycle safety at two local events

THE REF (Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility) operated by the Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program will be at  events in Madison and Oregon in the upcoming week.

Built with federal funding, the 40-foot-long REF trailer is more than just a classroom. It is an interactive learning environment for both riders and non-riders to learn more about sharing the road, crash avoidance and awareness of traffic and road hazards.  To see THE REF, visit the web at

Media are invited to tour THE REF and try out its state-of-the-art features.

Contact:          Bill Murphy, (608) 209-2828
:            Thursday, August 10
5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:          City of Madison Police Department National Night Out
Aldo Leopold Park
2906 Traceway Drive
Madison, WI


Contact:          Jonathan Hutchings, (847) 910-2537
:            Saturday, August 12
                        9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:          FlatFest Car Show
Madison International Speedway
1122 Sunrise Road
Oregon, WI


THE REF features include:

  • Two SMARTrainers (Safe Motorcyclist Awareness and Recognition Trainers) that are traffic simulators designed to give riders a real-world experience riding in traffic and on public roads.
  • Touch screen monitors for testing knowledge of motorcycle safety.
  • Distracted Driving Simulator, letting users experience the consequences of distracted driving without putting themselves or anyone else at risk.
  • Impairment Simulation Goggles, a hands on prevention tool that allows people to experience with a sober mind what it’s like to be under the influence of alcohol.

THE REF and other Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program rider-training initiatives are designed to save lives and reduce injuries among all motorcyclists—from beginners to experts.


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