MIPI conducts research and educational outreach to prevent motor-vehicle injuries and deaths focused on motorcycles. The interdisciplinary MIPI team consists of both engineers and public health professionals with significant knowledge of and experience with motorcycle safety promotion techniques including theory-based motorcyclist behavior change. The team’s areas of expertise include SP and RP data collection, analysis and visualization, epidemiology of motor vehicle collisions and injuries, crash modeling, behavior safety program development and evaluation, traffic safety policy including TZD (Toward Zero Death) and regulation development and evaluation. Additionally, MIPI has collaborated with community partners to design, administer and analyze numerous statewide public opinion surveys utilizing various survey methods.
James Takacs joined CUTR as a Traffic Safety Outreach Specialist. He earned a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, and he has a strong commitment to adult learning theory and learning style research. He is interested and involved in motorcycle safety training and research; Dr. Takacs has over 10 years of experience as an effective MSF Certified RiderCoach.
He started in the FDU Motorcycle Safety Education Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey and worked with the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) at Tobyhanna. In 2006, he relocated to Tampa and joined the ranks of Tampa Harley-Davidson as a Rider’s Edge Instructor where he has taught both New Rider Courses (NRC) and Experience Rider Courses (ERC) at the dealership. In early 2015, he became trained in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s updated curriculum and continues to teach as a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Coach. Dr. Takacs has a wide variety of experience in transportation, technology, teaching, research, and curriculum development. He is heavily involved in program outreach and in designing and disseminating safety training education materials for the Motorcycle Injury Prevention Institute.