Safe riders require the help of safe drivers

look01There are many parts to a safe riding equation—one of them being other cars and trucks on the road. Motorcyclists have a responsibility to ride safely, but drivers also have a responsibility to drive safely.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault.”

The MSF published 10 tips on how drivers can help keep motorcyclists safe. These tips included:

  • A motorcycle can be hidden in a car’s blind spot, so take an extra moment to look for motorcycles.
  •  Slippery pavement can make stopping difficult for motorcyclists, so allow plenty of following distance.
  • Remember that the motorcyclist under the helmet is an actual person who could be your neighbor or relative.

For a full list of tips and other driver tips, visit:

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf

http://www.looklearnlive.org/look/the-facts/ 

http://www.looklearnlive.org/look/caution/

December 11th | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, December 11, 2014 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 State Headquarters & Research Building, room 144. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. Please RSVP via email by December 8th and indicate if you will drive a vehicle or motorcycle so we can have an accurate headcount and correct parking permits. 

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.

Airbag-equipped safety suits to come to market

Technology meets motorcycle gear in the Tech-Air street airbag system, Alpinestars’ new airbag-equipped safety suits. The suits provide protection for the back, shoulders, kidney area and chest, according to the Alpinestars website.

According to Alpinestars, the system’s versatility means that it:

  • Can be used with any type of motorcycle;
  • Requires no installation; and
  • Requires no configuration.

In addition, the suits can be used in any weather, have 25 hours of battery life and are CE certified to the PPE directive.

According to Fox News, the system will go on sale in Europe in spring 2015, but U.S. sales have not been announced yet.

Visit the Fox News article, or the Alpinestars website for more information.

Promoting Motorcycle Safety at the Lone Star Rally

lone_star_logoReady for another rally? The Texas A&M Transportation Institute team will promote motorcycle safety at the Lone Star Rally, Nov. 6 through 9 in Galveston, Texas.

The rally will have a bike giveaway, car and truck shows, musical entertainment and various bike events.

Come join us, and grab your free items such as tip cards, helmet stickers, coasters and more to do your part in spreading motorcycle safety awareness. Visit the Lone Star Rally website to learn more information.

Interested in volunteering at our booth?

If you’d like to volunteer to work the booth at the Lone Star Rally, sign up by filling out the event form.

Get Involved with the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (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.

The goal of the TMSC is to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcycles and deaths and injuries resulting from these crashes. Learn more.

Join the TMSC

2014-2015 Exhibit Locations and Dates

IMG_5674Each year, Look. Learn. Live. attends a variety of conferences and motorcycle rallies to promote motorcycle safety and motorist awareness. The following are upcoming events for this year:

Get involved

Interested in volunteering for one of our outreach events? Sign up here.

New 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

 

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Sept. 18 meeting minutes posted

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on September 18 to discuss a number of items including the this year’s Motorcycle Safety Forum, promotional items and outreach events for the new grant year. 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.

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Ride Smart

Motorcycle safety advocates gathered on May 8, for the ninth annual Motorcycle Safety Forum. This year’s forum was held at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.

Check out Mike Myers’ presentation about riding smart. Mike has been a member of ABATE of Illinois since 1997 (his home chapter is Kishwaukee Valley ABATE) and has served in several roles, including chapter president, state board representative, northwest regional coordinator and state coordinator.

The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Robert Wunderlich, Director, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Daniel Jeffries, Strategic Planner, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Kenneth Copeland, Regional Program Manager, Region VI, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Melissa Walden, Program Manager, Planning and Evaluation Group, CTS
  • Imre SzauterAmerican Motorcycle Association / Road Guard

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Spreading motorcycle safety awareness at Rumble on the River

Rumble on the riverCan you hear those motorcycles yet? The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team will promote rider safety awareness at Rumble on the River in Bandera, Texas, on Sept. 19th, 20th and 21st at Mansfield Park.

Come visit us, and pickup free items including kickstand coasters, patches, reflective helmet stickers, tip cards and more.

Rumble on the River will feature games, a bike show, concerts and more. Visit the Bike Rallies of Texas website to learn more.

Interested in volunteering at our booth?

If you’d like to volunteer to work the booth at Rumble on the River, sign up by filling out the event form.