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/

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

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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