March 11 | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, March 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Gibb Gilchrist Building, room 102. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. 

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely. Sign up to get involved with the coalition. For more information about the coalition or to see past meeting minutes, go to the TMSC page.

Nominations for TMSC Chairperson Due Feb. 19

Jude Schexnyder has stepped down from his formal leadership role within the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition.  Therefore, there is a need for elections of a new Chairperson to continue to lead the Coalition.  General responsibilities of the Chair include:

  • Provide input, direction, and leadership to the TMSC regarding motorcyclist safety in Texas.
  • Act as a representative of the TMSC, subject to the direction of the members.
  • Perform functions designated by the board and/members.
  • Delegate responsibilities to the vice chair with the approval of the TMSC.
  • Serve for a minimum of one year.

As per the TMSC Guidelines and agreement of the TMSC members the following process will be followed to elect a new Chair.

  1. The TMSC will be notified of the open Chair position via email and via a post on the Look Learn Live website. Must be emails and posted no earlier than 30 days before election meeting.
  2. Coalition members can then submit nominations and a nomination form to Michael Manser – m-manser@tti.tamu.edu by Feb. 19th.
  3. Michael Manser will gather nominations, verify with nominees they are interested, and then send the final nomination forms to all TMSC members.
  4. Those in attendance at the next TMSC meeting (March 11) will vote for the next Chairperson.  One vote per member in attendance.

If you are interested in nominating someone or would like to nominate yourself, please fill out the nomination form and send to m-manser@tti.tamu.edu. Remember, nominations are due by February 19, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michael at m-manser@tti.tamu.edu or 979/845-1605.

 

Rider Tips | Urban Riding

Riding in traffic is combat riding.  Don’t be complacent, be proactive.  Assess the situation all around you and determine which vehicle poses the greatest threat.  In almost all situations, motorcycle crashes can be avoided by practicing good rider technique and by utilizing useful knowledge and skills.

Visibility is the key to success in urban riding. Remember that visibility is a two-way street.  Choose a lane and a position within the lane that makes you most visible to the vehicle that presents the greatest threat.

One of the key things about riding in traffic in a large metropolitan area, like Dallas for example, is lane positioning and your relationship to the vehicles traveling around you – particularly, staying out of their blind spot. [Read more…]

Now Available: A Survey of Texas’ Motorcycle Gear Use Presentation

Each year, the Traffic Safety Conference draws public policy makers, traffic safety practitioners, law enforcement, traffic engineers, public health officials and many others who are passionate about traffic safety together for a three-day forum. Last year’s conference included a presentation from TTI’s Human Factors Program manager Mike Manser. His presentation, A Survey of Texas’ Motorcycle Gear Use, is now on TTI’s SlideShare page.

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Media Resources Available

37-moto4615Looking for one of our logos, brochures, posters or previous campaign materials? We’ve put them all in one convenient location on our website.

The media page is home to:

  • Look Learn Live logos
  • Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logos
  • Motorcycle Safety posters and brochures
  • Look Twice for Motorcycles materials
  • Share the Road materials
  • Desktop wallpaper, and more

 

TMSC Meeting Minutes | December 4, 2015

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on December 4 to discuss a number of items including the following:

  • Jude Schexnyder to step down as TMSC Chairperson.
  • Chairperson Position Opening.
  • Transportation Bill and the Impact on Motorcycles
  • Texas Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan
  • DPS Motorcyclists Training Program Update
  • 2016 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum Update
  • Motorcycle GearUp videos

The minutes are now available to download.

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely.

Find minutes from other meetings here.

Happy Holidays from TTI

Safe travels to you and yours this holiday season.

Flashback Friday – Lone Star Rally

Today we’re flashing back to 2014’s Lone Star Rally in Galveston.

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Check out more photos on our Instagram page.

Don’t Forget: TMSC Meeting Dec. 4

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, December 4, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held in College Station, Texas, at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Gibb Gilchrist Building, room 102. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. 

The TMSC serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely. Sign up to get involved with the coalition. For more information about the coalition or to see past meeting minutes, go to the TMSC page.

Stay warm while riding in winter

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It’s wintertime and the temperatures make it hard for riders to find warmth on the roadways. However, with the proper attire, riders can stay safe from the cold throughout the season. There are several different options for winter riding gear.

Some riders choose to wear heated gear. Everything from heated body suits to heated gloves is on the market. Others choose to wear multiple layers with a wind-proof shell. For example, wearing breathable layers underneath a leather layer will provide warmth and protection from the wind. Other items that are winter appropriate are: insulated boots and gloves, a fog-proof helmet and a balaclava.

Frostbite and hypothermia are risks when riding in the cold temperatures, so make sure to bundle up during the winter season!

Ever wonder what the temperature is at riding speeds? View these charts to calculate wind chill.