April 15 | 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.

Take our survey

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is conducting a survey on reasons why riders do and do not wear protective gear.

If you have a moment, please take the survey which will ask you about your riding history and gear use. The purpose of the study is to develop recommendations for a public outreach program for reducing motorcycle crash-related injuries.

Feel free to share the survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BNDGPB6.

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Register now for the 2015 Motorcycle Safety Forum

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It’s not too late to register for the 2015 Motorcycle Safety Forum.

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.

 

Join us at San Antonio AutoRama and World of Wheels

631551833_origJoin the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team on March 13th through 14th at the Freeman Expo Hall in San Antonio, Texas, as we target motorists with the Look Twice for Motorcycles and Share the Road campaigns.

Check out the collectibles, live music, drag races, motorcycle stunt shows and more. Special guests Meggan and Jeff from The Car Chasers.

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

Click here to learn more. For admissions information, 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.

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

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

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.