TMSC Meeting – September 3, 2020 – 10 am CST

 

The next Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting will take place on Thursday, September 3 at 10 am CST using a teleconference.

You can join the meeting in one of two ways.

  • To participate by voice only. A few minutes before the meeting dial 855-282-6330 and, when prompted, enter access code 927 229 683 followed by the pound key (#). This will allow you to join by phone only (no ability to see meeting materials in a browser).

TMSC Meeting – June 25, 2020 – 10 am CST

The next TMSC meeting will take place on Thursday, June 25 at 10 am CST using a teleconference.
You can join the meeting in one of two ways.
  • To participate by voice only. A few minutes before the meeting dial 855-282-6330 and, when prompted, enter access code 923 035 859 followed by the pound key (#). This will allow you to join by phone only (no ability to see meeting materials in a browser).
Agenda
10:00 – 10:10 AM         Opening Remarks & Introductions
10:10 – 10:15 AM        Refresher on how to use Webex                                                                                                                       
10:15 – 10:30 AM        DPS and TDLR Updates
10:30 – 10:45 AM        Awards Group Update/Input
10:45 – 11:00 AM         LLL Website Update
11:00 – 11:15 AM         Rider Safety Topics to Address this Year
11:15 – 11:30 AM          Updates, Open Forum
11:30 – 11:35 AM         Covid and Motorcycle Crashes: A Preliminary Look
11:35 AM                              Adjourn
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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: