UPDATE: COVID-19 – Quarterly TMSC meeting

Our community’s health, wellbeing, and security are our highest priorities. As the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, we have decided to host the April 16 TMSC meeting using a teleconference.

You can join the meeting in one of two ways.

  1. To see meeting materials. A few minutes before the meeting starts go to your browser, paste the following link, and then press enter. Link: https://tti-tamu.webex.com/tti-tamu/j.php?MTID=m9a2d3821df6d9a94f89a14fd1b00b701. Follow the prompts to join the meeting, and you’ll see the meeting materials in your browser.
  2. To participate by voice only. A few minutes before the meeting dial 855-282-6330 and, when prompted, enter access code 927 509 193 followed by the pound key (#). This will allow you to join by phone only (no ability to see meeting materials in a browser).

 

Meeting Agenda

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.: Opening Remarks & Introductions (C. Beireis)

10:10 – 10:20 a.m.: TxDOT Update, TDLR Update (M. Manser)

10:20 – 10:50 a.m.: 2020 Forum Overview/2021 Forum Planning (L. Higgins)

10:50 – 11:15 a.m.: TMSC Safety Award Requirements Gathering/Team ID (TBD)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: TMSC Feedback and Review (M. Manser)

11:30 a.m.: Adjourn

If prompted for a passcode (not an access code), please use “TMSC”.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Become a Rider Coach!

Texas Motorcycle Training ProgramTexas desperately needs RiderCoaches

Motorcycles are big in Texas, and the demand for new-rider training has never been higher.  Texas DPS is looking for experienced riders who are interested in becoming RiderCoaches.

There will be FOUR classes to train RiderCoaches this year

  • April 18-26, Carrollton
  • May 23-31, Pasadena
  • June 13-21, McAllen
  • July 11-19, Amarillo

See FAQs and the schedule, including the pricing, from the Texas DPS Motorcycle/ATV Safety Unit.

Contact your nearest RiderCourse location and learn how to share your skills with the next generation of Texas riders!

2019 Texas Motorcycle Rider Survey

Unlicensed Riders in Texas

The Problem in Texas

In 2018, there were 398 motorcycle operator fatalities in Texas. Of these, 184 motorcycle operators did not have a motorcycle endorsement or license, known as a Class M, at the time of the crash.

Unlicensed riders accounted for 46% of motorcycle operator fatalities in Texas in 2018. Unlicensed motorcyclists are over-represented when compared to unlicensed drivers in Texas. In 2018, there were 1,861 driver fatalities in Texas. Of these, 233 did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash, which accounted for 13% of driver fatalities that year. 

In 2019, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) surveyed motorcyclists in Texas to investigate reasons motorcyclists don’t get their Class M. The survey was part of a larger project funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The project’s primary purpose was to promote rider knowledge, skill, and safety by encouraging riders to complete motorcycle safety training.

Some of the questions asked in the survey focused around:

  • What about unlicensed riders in Texas?
  • Why don’t unlicensed riders get their Class M license?
  • Were unlicensed riders aware of the 1-day intermediate safety course?

The Solution in Texas

If you are a rider in Texas without your Class M license, schedule your class today! Numerous training schools across Texas offer these courses. To find the nearest TxDPS-certified course to you, visit https://www.dps.texas.gov/msb/map/.

The results of the survey can be found in these two summary documents:

Come see us! Look Learn Live attending International Motorcycle Show in Dallas

The International Motorcycle Show starts January 3, 2020 and runs through January 5, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. TTI’s motorcycle safety team will be there to spread the word about motorcycle safety.

We’ll be handing out free patches, koozies, chapstick, hand sanitizer, kickstand coasters and bumper stickers at the booth. Come see us!

Before your ride, remember:

  1. Wear all the gear, all the time.
  2. Ride smart, not impaired.
  3. Take the Basic RiderCourse.

Find out more about rally events on the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows website.

Details about the International Motorcycle Show, Times, Event Dates

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TMSC Meeting Minutes – November 14, 2019

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on November 14 at TTI’s headquarters at the RELLIS campus in Bryan.

Highlights include:

  • Opening Remarks & New Member Introduction
  • TxDOT Update
  • Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update
  • Training & Licensing Project Update
  • Video Development
  • Alcohol-Related Crashes – Statistics
  • TMSC Safety Award
  • 2020 Forum Planning
  • Open Discussion and Adjourn

The meeting 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.