Stephen B. Garets
Motorcycle Safety Expert
THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE
Stephen Garets understands what it takes to ride safely. He’s ridden motorcycles for more than 50 years and since 1981 has served the motorcycle safety and training needs of more than 180,000 riders. His background includes motorcycle rider education and training; instructor selection, training and supervision; motorcycle safety program administration; motorcycle operator licensing improvement and examiner training; motorcycle training curriculum development; motorcycle crash analysis and motorcycle safety expert witness, and; motorcycle research and evaluation.
TEAM OREGON MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
Mr. Garets is the Founder of the premier TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program at Oregon State University and served as its Director for 32 years. TEAM OREGON is Oregon’s statewide rider education and training program, which annually trains 9,000 students in proprietary TEAM OREGON curriculum. TEAM OREGON recruits, trains and employs the services of 150 instructors statewide. Courses are available for all riders, including beginning, intermediate, experienced and advanced. All new riders are required to complete TEAM OREGON training to meet state operator licensing requirements. For more information, visit https://team-oregon.org.
POLICE MOTORS TRAINING
Stephen Garets developed and led advanced and high-speed training for Oregon Police Motor Officers. The training is designed to train Motor Officers to interpret vehicle handling characteristics at high speeds and develop precise vehicle placement and handling skills.
COMMITTEES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Over his career, Stephen Garets has chaired and served national and international motorcycling task forces, advisory boards and committees. He was a member of the 7-member technical working group of the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety,coauthored the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Motorcycle Guide, and was the principal investigator and co-author of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. (OPRD) ATV Safety Education Program. He has also served the Transportation Research Board (TRB) as Chair of ANF30, the Committee on Motorcycles and Mopeds, and was a member of the TRB System Users Group Executive Board. Garets served as a member of the committee responsible for developing national standards for entry-level motorcycle rider training, a project sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
For a complete history of experience and qualifications, you can download a PDF of Garets’ CV.