Dept. of Transportation: May is motorcycle safety awareness month

May 2, 2015

For more information, contact:

Peggy Drinsinger, Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program

(715) 897-1138

Innovative mobile training facility will promote motorcycle safety in Pine Bluff/Cross Plains on Sunday

THE REF (Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility) operated by the Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program will participate in the Slimey Crud Run on Sunday, May 3.

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.

WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kalscheurs Park (adjacent to the Red Mouse Grill), 3734 County Road P, Pine Bluff/Cross Plains, Wisconsin

THE REF features include:

· Three training motorcycles used in a 90-minute Introductory Motorcycle Experience to provide a taste of what motorcycling is about and the importance of attending a basic rider education class.

· 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

CONTACT: Peggy Drinsinger, (715) 897-1138

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.