Motorcycle Safety at Capital City Rockers vs Mods

rvmRockers vs. Mods returns to Austin for their 4th annual rally from February 27 to March 1. Join the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team as we promote motorcycle awareness and rider safety.

The team will be handing out free patches, reflective helmet stickers, bumper stickers, activity books, kickstand coasters and sticky pads at the booth.

Visit the Rockers vs. Mods website to learn more.

Interested in volunteering at our booth?

If you’d like to volunteer to work the booth at Rockers vs. Mods, sign up by filling out the event form.

RSVP | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

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Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) board and committee meeting, April 15, 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. Please RSVP via email by April 10th, and indicate if you will drive a state vehicle, personal 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.

Join us at AutoRama

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AutoRama is gearing up for another exciting year. Join the Texas A&M Transportation Insitute’s motorcycle safety team on February 13th through 15th at the Dallas Market Center, as we target motorists with the Look Twice for Motorcycles and Share the Road campaigns.

Check out the collectibles, lowrider hopping demonstrations, motorcross stunt shows and more. Special guests include Gene Winfield, Shawn Michaels and Ally from Disney Channel.

Come get your free goodies such as bumper stickers and koozies at our booth.

Click here to learn more. For a map to the market center, click here.

Interested in volunteering at our booth?

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

Register now for the 2015 Motorcycle Safety Forum

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The Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition, and Texas Department of Transportation will be holding the annual Motorcycle Safety Forum. The Forum will focus on Motorcycle Safety Issues and Motorist Awareness, and is geared towards riders, instructors, traffic safety professionals, and healthcare providers.

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Where: Norris Conference Center – Red Oak Ballroom, 225 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365, Austin, Texas

The event is free to attend, but you must register for more information. To do so, email Sam Haynes at s-haynes@ttimail.tamu.edu.

To checkout the conference center, visit http://norriscenters.com/Austin/

Click here to download the flyer.

 

Researchers investigate motorcyclists’ motivations for wearing safety gear

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Texas has one of the highest motorcycle crash rates in the country, one that is slowly increasing. In 2012, 467 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, representing roughly 14 percent of crash fatalities in the state. Of the motorcyclists killed, 52 percent were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

A new project conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) plans to address the problem of riders not wearing protective gear, which is more than just helmets. Michael Manser, human factors program manager and principal investigator on the project, said one of the main factors that go into reducing motorcycle fatalities and injury severity is gear. Typical riding gear includes a padded jacket, eyewear, gloves, padded riding pants and riding boots in addition to a helmet.

The study will begin with a survey of riders to identify protective equipment they do or do not wear. Questions on the survey will also help researchers identify the reasons why riders make the decisions they do about gear. Manser said researchers hope to understand more about what would and would not motivate or convince riders to change their use of protective gear.

Daniel Jeffries, contract manager on the project from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said without data analysis and studies, implementing a solution would be difficult.

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Circuit of the Americas, TxDOT partner for motor safety

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is partnering with Circuit of The Americas (COTA) to educate its 2 million annual visitors about motor safety. TxDOT will use fan boards and distribute safety educational material in an effort to positively change driving behaviors.

“We hope to reach a large number of people with good information about multiple safe driving messages and in turn have safer drivers on the roads,” said Daniel Jeffries, TxDOT’s motorcycle safety program manager.

COTA is home to the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home of the Austin360 Amphitheater — PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” nominee. TxDOT Traffic Safety section representatives will attend five races and 25 concerts in the next year.

“The partnership is unique because it is the first time we have done something like this,” said Jeffries.

As a COTA partner, TxDOT has the opportunity to reach many people year-round with a variety of messages. Safety messages will include topics such as Click It or Ticket, drunk driving, general driver safety and motorcycle safety.

Look, Learn, Live, a TxDOT-funded motorcycle safety campaign run by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will exhibit at MotoGP as part of the new partnership.

“This partnership is significant in that it allows TxDOT to reach a large number of people with multiple safety messages and material over a long period of time,” said Jeffries.

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Dec. 11 meeting minutes posted

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The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on December 11 to discuss a number of items including the this year’s Motorcycle Safety Forum, the TMSC guidelines, 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.

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.

 

RSVP | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

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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.

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/