Register Today | 2014 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum

May 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Brazos Center
3232 Briarcrest Dr.
Bryan, Texas 77802

The 2014 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum brings together riders, researchers, motorcycle training instructors, educators, and representatives from state and local law enforcement, public health, and government agencies to identify current motorcycle safety issues, discuss the impact of existing programs, and formulate new strategies for reducing the likelihood of motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Texas.

Special thanks to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety.

Conference Registration

Online registration will be available through 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

There is no charge for this event. However, we request that you register online in order for us to have an adequate supply of refreshments on hand. Those who wait to register that day will NOT be guaranteed a meal.

Conference registration will be available at the event immediately prior to the conference.

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Spreading motorcycle safety awareness at Texas Sandfest

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute motorcycle safety team is headed to the Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas, Texas, April 11-13, to promote public awareness of motorcycles and rider safety and awareness.  Free items for the Drink.Ride.Lose. campaign are available. Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

Texas Sandfest is one of the largest master sand sculpting competitions in the U.S. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, and free for 11 and under. Find out more information about location, admission and parking.

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Motorcycle safety at Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

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The Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Texas Department of Transportation motorcycle safety team will educate riders about motorcycle safety at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, April 11 through 13.

Get more information about tickets and parking and view a schedule of the three day event on the Circuit of the Americas website.

Stop by the booth and pick up educational materials and other free items.

Share the Road materials available for Motorcycle Safety Month

SpottingPoster-prMay is motorcycle safety month, so gear up by downloading new Share the Road campaign materials. The materials are intended to remind all road users to share the road with motorcyclists.

Available materials include a press release, media talking points, a letter to the editor, logos, fact sheets from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and eye-catching posters. Among other safety tips, these resources remind motorists to watch out for motorcyclists, avoid distracted driving and to use turn signals. They also remind motorcyclists to wear a helmet and to obey traffic laws.

Statistics are also included to educate about motorcycle accidents, to remind all motorists to share the road and to remind all motorcyclists to ride safely.

Get your materials now, and do your part to educate the public about motorcycle safety. Download the materials.

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Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition February Meeting Minutes posted

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met in February to discuss a number of items including the upcoming National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Assessment of Motorcycle Safety Programs, Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycles and the upcoming Motorcycle Safety Forum slated for May 8, 2014 in Bryan, Texas.

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.

The minutes are now available to download:

2014 Exhibit Locations and Dates

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To spread awareness on motorcycle safety this year, Look. Learn. Live. is slated to attend the following conferences and motorcycle rallies this spring and summer:

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition and TxDOT talk motorcycle safety with Houston Matters

Keith Rovell, vice chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC), was interviewed recently on Houston Matters regarding motorcycle safety. The program also talked to Michael Payne, the executive director of Bike Houston; Laura Spanjian, sustainability director for the City of Houston; and Deidrea Samuels, public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Rovell talked about the TMSC, protective gear, motorcycle vulnerability, and the responsibilities of both motorists and motorcyclists. He also pointed out the importance of being a licensed rider.

“If we can just get more people licensed, hopefully that would have an impact in getting incidences down,” said Rovell.

Rovell also warned motorists to watch out for motorcyclists.

“When you see a motorcyclist, think that they may be a friend or a relative.”

To hear the complete interview, visit https://soundcloud.com/houstonmatters/bicycle-motorcycle-safety-in.

Checking the Fit of Your Motorcycle Helmet – Brochures Available

Gear Up, Texas - Motorcycle HelmetNew brochures, aimed at encouraging the use of proper helmet fit for motorcyclists, are available from the Texas Department of Transportation. Thanks to Ben Spies, a Dallas resident, former three time USA/AMA Superbike Champion, and the FIM 2009 World Superbike Champion, for helping promote the right gear to Texas’ motorcycle riders.

The brochures take you through a step-by-step guide to select a proper helmet, try it on and check the fit.

Today’s helmets are designed to be lightweight, stronger, and more comfortable.  A helmet will not only provide a rider with style, but also the proper protection to survive a crash.  Motorcyclists should ensure that their helmet is Department of Transportation or Snell Foundation certified.

The Gear Up, Texas! brochures are available from the TxDOT print shop in Austin, and will soon be available from your local TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist.

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