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To E. or Not to E. - That Is the Question!

Published by STAR Staff on Thursday, December 15, 2016


Letter from the Director

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
As many of you may have heard by now, Idaho STAR recently hired a new director. Sunshine Beer, former STAR Training Manager, has accepted the position and the challenge. Here is a message from her: 
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We Need to Get More Kids into Knife Juggling

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Sunday, January 04, 2015
Over the past 20 years or so, I’ve often heard riders recommend or at least suggest that we encourage more people to ride motorcycles, under the theory that if there are more riders out there, drivers will be more likely to get used to looking for motorcycles or that having the experience of riding a motorcycle makes people better drivers. Similarly, I’ve heard calls for getting teenagers to ride dirt bikes (to help prepare them for street riding as they get older, if they choose), or street bikes (so they learn to be aware of motorcycles as they learn to drive).

While these ideas may sound good on the surface, I have to say that I categorically disagree with encouraging ANYONE to ride motorcycles. That may sound odd coming from someone who runs a state motorcycle safety program, so let me elaborate.   
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No Surprise - No Accident

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, December 01, 2014

Now that December is here, many of us consider the riding season to be essentially over. There may be a few more rides to be had sunny winter days, but for the most part, thoughts turn to 'next season.' This month, to get ourselves thinking about how we can make next season a safe one, I'd like to share a blog post from the UK. These folks are taking a unique and (in my opinion) very promising approach to the prevention of motorcycle crashes. If you find the blog post interesting, check out the rest of their site at

Motorcycle Safety – A Matter of Belief?

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, October 31, 2014
We’ve published articles about riding skills, riding judgment, rider training, protective gear, impairments, preparation, and even performing successfully in the ‘moment of truth.’ This article is a little different – I’m suggesting that a significant portion of motorcycle safety depends on what you believe.

Belief is not the same as facts.  Sometimes beliefs are in alignment with the facts, sometimes not. Sometimes there aren’t facts available, so all we have is our belief. Whatever the case, our choices and behaviors are often based on what we believe.  Here are some examples from my life (some motorcycle related…some not): 
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Dark Times Are Here

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, October 03, 2014
At least where I live, it’s starting to be quite dark on my morning commute; probably is for you, too. It won’t be long before my evening commute is the same. As I drive down State street on my way to work, I see pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter, and motorcycle riders. To be more accurate, I typically DON’T see these folks until I am very close. I also notice in these ‘dark times’ those pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter and motorcycle riders who have taken the initiative to dress is bright colors and some reflective material are much easier to see from much farther away. 
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You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel Lucky?”

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, October 03, 2014
We all remember Inspector Callahan’s famous quote from “Dirty Harry” (1971). We may not often think of it this way, but there is a certain amount of ‘luck’ involved in riding a motorcycle and whether or not we are involved in a crash. Motorcycle rider training folks like me typically focus on the factors that are within the rider’s control, but the reality is that there is a ‘luck’ element to our crash risk.

Consider our natural response when we hear someone is involved in a car crash. Among others, I’ll bet that we all feel or think some version of:
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Preventing and Surviving Crashes

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Thursday, July 31, 2014
Making choices before the ‘moment of truth’ can make all the difference 
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Motorcycling and Cancer

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Sunday, June 01, 2014
**NOTE: I do not intend to minimize, trivialize, or in any way express disrespect in this article for cancer, cancer survivors, or those who have lost a battle with, or a loved one to, cancer.**

I am at risk for prostate cancer. My grandfather had it and my father had it at a much younger age. So, genetically, the odds are that I will get it, too. No, this article isn’t a pity party (and my Dad is doing well as a cancer survivor - which he says is way better that NOT being a cancer survivor. If you like, check out his blog, a lighter look at his experiences with cancer). Hey, you got to give your Dad a plug when you can… 
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What an RAF Pilot Can Teach us About Being Safe on the Road

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – a time to promote sharing the road and looking twice for motorcycles.  So, why DO so many drivers not see motorcyclists? Here is a very interesting and informative perspective from London. The article includes lots of great information about how our eyes and brain work as well as some good advice for both drivers and riders. Give it a read, share it with fellow drivers and riders, and let’s work on preventing those crashes!