(Waco, TX) – Terri “Popsicle” Benezet coordinates the “Do You See Me Now” program with the aim to educate drivers and young people about looking for and seeing motorcycles. She started the program after several friends died in motorcycle-car crashes; many involving a driver that did not see the motorcyclist. The program includes “share the road” signs to increase community awareness and a school-based component to teach children about motorcycle awareness and the importance of looking out for motorcyclists. KCEN TV news featured the program for Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. Watch the clip on their website.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) motorcycle safety team travels to the Texas H.O.G. Rally in San Antonio this Thursday through Saturday to promote public awareness of motorcycles and rider safety and awareness. Free items for the Drink.Ride.Lose., Share the Road, and Look Twice for Motorcycles campaigns are available. Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!
The 2013 State H.O.G. Rally takes place May 16-18 at Alamodome in San Antonio. Visit the rally’s website for a complete schedule of events. See you there.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) Motorcycle/ATV Safety Unit (MSU) is conducting one-day Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) open to all Texas-approved RiderCoaches. These PDWs will count towards MSF’s curriculum-related professional development for recertification. Each one day workshop will include select classroom activities and range exercises from the new BRC. Personal motorcycles must meet TCLOCS; loaner training bikes are available.
Please contact the Motorcycle/ATV Safety Unit with any questions.
Register today for an upcoming workshop. Space is limited.
May marks the start of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month when drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely “share the road” with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Consider these facts:
- In 2012, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic-related deaths in Texas.
- 460 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
- A vehicle was involved in 50% of these fatal motorcycle crashes.
- In over two-thirds of fatal vehicle-motorcycle crashes, the vehicle struck the front of the motorcycle while turning left, usually at an intersection.
- The driver either did not see the motorcyclist or didn’t see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a crash.
- Never drive while distracted
- Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Do not share the lane.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- A motorcyclist can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot so remember to look, look, then look again.
- Allow more following distance – four to five seconds.
- Get trained and obtain a motorcycle operator license.
- Wear USDOT compliant helmets and other protective gear.
- Stay visible.
- Ride alert and unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs.
- Ride within your limits.
- Be a lifelong learner.
On Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) kicks of Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. Members of the Texas Patriot Guard will attend the press event with flags bearing “Look Twice for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road.”
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In a new report released April 24, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcyclist deaths increased approximately 9 percent in 2012, to more than 5,000 lives lost. This is greater than the overall traffic fatality increase projected by the federal government and would be the 14th out of the last 15 years in which motorcyclist deaths increased. Notably, this level of deaths closes in on an all-time high, and motorcyclists remain one of the few roadway user groups where no progress can be shown over the last decade.
Are we counting motorcycles accurately?
Statistics from 2000 and 2008 indicate that motorcycle fatalities increased by 83 percent. During the same time period, the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by motorcycles increased by only 38 percent. Is this a deadly trend, or are the VMT numbers valid?
“The numbers we’re counting don’t reflect the rise in crashes, injuries and fatalities,” notes Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Research Engineer Dan Middleton. “Are we counting motorcycles well enough? The answer is no.”
NCHRP Project 08-81, Improving the Quality of Motorcycle Travel Data Collection, tasked Middleton with reviewing current traffic detection methods, investigating new technologies and reporting on which count motorcycles the best.
“Motorcycle fatalities are increasing on our roadways, but data haven’t shown much change in VMTfor several years,” explains Christopher Hedges, NCHRP senior program officer. “That gives us a perception — one that is quite likely erroneous — that higher fatalities are resulting from some characteristics of the rider, the road or the motorcycle itself.”
Look Learn Live — a motorcycle safety and awareness campaign — was developed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).
These social media sites contribute to the many motorcycle safety awareness efforts of the campaign. Friends and followers are updated on the latest motorcycle safety classes, upcoming motorcycle safety events, and the latest on motorcycle safety.
The third annual Ride for R.O.C.K. (Ride On Center for Kids) motorcycle event will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event benefits R.O.C.K.’s scholarship program.
The Ride On Center for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy for people with cognitive and physical challenges.
Participants must be 21 years or older to participate in the event. Register online by April 12th for $25 per person. Registration after April 12th will be $30 per person.
The TxDPS Motorcycle Operator Training Program (MOTP) will host a one day celebration for the public starting at 10am on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Bastrop Convention Center (map). The day-long event includes RiderCoach and Sponsor professional development workshops beginning at 8am with an outdoor celebration for the public to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the TxDPS MOTP at 10am. Attendees can meet and network with other motorcycle industry participants and vendors.
Registration is closed for the professional development workshop, but is not necessary for the public portion of the event.