Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Three Easy Issues: Sound, Lane Splitting and Road Guards

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 Imre Szauter’s presentation about sound, lane splitting and road guards. Imre is a government affairs manager for on-highway activities in the government relations department of the American Motorcycle Association.

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Three Easy Issues: Sound, Lane Splitting and Road Guards

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
  • Mike Meyers, ABATE of Illinois

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Fatal motorcycle crashes graphic

fatal-comparison-englishLast year, motorcycle fatalities went up 5 percent in Texas – from 470 in 2012 to 494 in 2013.

Ways to save lives with your eyes

Drivers often don’t see the rider, or if they do, they misjudge the rider’s speed or distance. Motorcycles can move fast and are often hard to spot. When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.

Share the Road

It’s true that a motorcycle takes up less space in the lane. But remember, whether passing a motorcycle or following one in your lane, the rider requires the same amount of reaction time you do. Give a motorcycle the same space you’d give any other vehicle. Don’t tailgate — give motorcycles a four-second following distance.

Avoid riders in your blind spot

Motorcycles present a narrow profile, and they can wind up in your blind spot in a hurry. Being aware of your surroundings — and all the vehicles around you — will improve safety for everyone on the road.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crashes (English)

Fatal Motorcycle Crashes (Spanish)

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | Motorcycle Safety

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 Kenneth Copeland’s presentation about motorcycle safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s motorcycle safety initiatives. Kenneth is a regional program manager for NHTSA.

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Motorcycle Safety

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
  • Melissa Walden, Program Manager, Planning and Evaluation Group, CTS
  • Imre Szauter, American Motorcycle Association / Road Guard
  • Mike Meyers, ABATE of Illinois

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Top 4 things most likely to distract drivers

driver-distractions-englishDistractions are a major risk factor for all drivers on the road. The best way to avoid a distracted-driving crash is to avoid distractions.

Top 4 things most likely to distract drivers:

  • Cell phones
  • Eating
  • Loud noise
  • Grooming

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Driver distractions (English)

Driver distractions (Spanish)

Motorcycle Safety Forum Video Series | FY 14 Motorcycle Safety Assessment

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 DJ Jeffries’ presentation about the FY 14 Motorcycle Safety Assessment and TxDOT’s motorcycle safety outreach campaigns. DJ is a strategic planner for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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FY 14 Motorcycle Safety Assessment

TxDOT Motorcycle Safety Outreach

The agenda also featured presentations from:

  • Robert Wunderlich, Director, Center for Transportation Safety, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Kenneth Copeland, Regional Program Manager, Region VI, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Melissa Walden, Program Manager, Planning and Evaluation Group, CTS
  • Imre Szauter, American Motorcycle Association / Road Guard
  • Mike Meyers, ABATE of Illinois

View summaries, agendas and photos from previous Forums.

Weighing the dangers of the open road

weighing-dangers-englishPound for pound, motorcycles have little chance in a crash against other vehicles.

Sharing the road doesn’t just mean driving on it together. It means giving others their fair share of it.

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles—small enough to go unnoticed, if you’re not careful. You can help save a life by staying alert, respecting motorcyclists, and avoiding dangerous situations whenever possible.

Use Caution Ahead

Remember to drive extra cautiously when:

  • Turning left
  • Changing lanes
  • In bad weather
  • In poor road conditions
  • When feeling fatigued

Be alert. Drive aware. Save a life.

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Weighing the dangers on the open road (English)

Weighing the dangers on the open road (Spanish)

Bringing motorcycle safety to Great Outdoors Expo

Join us July 18 to 20 as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team travels to Beaumont, Texas, for the Great Outdoors Expo. We’ll be promoting public awareness of motorcycles, and rider safety and awareness.  We’ll also be giving away freebies! Free items including bumper stickers, tip cards, and koozies will be available. Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

This year’s expo covers 50,000 square feet with hunting, fishing and outdoor sports attractions and exhibits. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and seniors 65 years and older. Visit the Great Outdoor Expo website for more information.

Check out the time lapse video below of TTI exhibiting at the expo a few years ago.

When do most motorcycle crashes happen?

when do most motorcycle crashes happenWith temperatures heating up, there’s no denying summer is upon us. This is also the time of year when most motorcycle crashes occur, followed closely by spring.

Crashes by time of day:

  • 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. – 17 percent
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 37 percent
  • 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. – 36 percent
  • 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – 10 percent

Crashes by time of year:

  • Winter (Dec. 21 – March 19) – 20 percent
  • Spring (March 20 – June 20) – 29 percent
  • Summer (June 21 – September 21) – 30 percent
  • Fall (September 22 – December 20) – 21 percent

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Time/Season Infographic Link (English)

Time/Season Infographic Link (Spanish)

 

 

 

2013 Motorcycle Crashes – Texas’ Top Eight Cities

2013 Motorcycle Crashes Texas' Top EightIn Texas, most motorcycle crashes happen in urban settings. Do you know which Texas cities have the most motorcycle crashes?

2013 Motorcycle Crashes Texas’ Top Eight:

  1. Houston – 666 crashes
  2. San Antonio – 601 crashes
  3. Austin – 466 crashes
  4. Dallas – 397 crashes
  5. El Paso – 264 crashes
  6. Fort Worth – 241 crashes
  7. Arlington – 140 crashes
  8. Corpus Christi – 127 crashes

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City Infographic Link (English)

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Reminder June 25th | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, June 25, 2014. 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. Please RSVP via email by Monday, June 23th 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.