RSVP Today | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, September 18, 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 Today, September 15th 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.

Spicing Up Motorcycle Safety at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival

IMG_5674Gear up your taste buds and join the motorcycle safety team at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival on Sept. 20th and 21st. The festival will be at the Stafford Centre.

The motorcycle safety team will promote motorcycle awareness and rider safety. The team will be handing out free patches, reflective helmet stickers, bumper stickers, tip cards, koozies and more.

In addition to tasting top-of-the-line hot sauces, you will get to witness hot competition between sauce professionals. Admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit the festival website.

September 18th | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, September 18, 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, September 15th 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.

Do you know where most motorcycle crashes happen?

where do most motorcycle crashes happenWhere do most motorcycle crashes occur? At an intersection or a non-intersection? How do other passenger vehicles fit into the equation?

  • 3112 motorcycle crashes happened at an intersection
  • 2106 motorcycle crashes happened at an intersection and involved a passenger vehicle
  • 2233 motorcycle crashes happened at a a non-intersection and involved a passenger vehicle
  • 5434 motorcycle crashes happened at an non-intersection

If you’re a motorist, keep these helpful tips in mind

  • When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.
  • 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. Being aware of your surroundings—and all the vehicles around you—will improve safety for everyone on the road.

If you’re a motorcyclist, keep these helpful tips in mind

  • Be seen – wear bright-colored clothing, turn on your headlight during the daytime and signal your intentions.
  • Actively scan your surroundings so you are aware of what’s going on nearby.
  • Ride smart, not impaired.

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Intersection vs. Non-Intersection Crashes (EnglishSpanish)

 

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)