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

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 http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/TheREF/Default.asp

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.