TxDOT Offers On-Site Motorcycle Safety Presentations

Want your motorcycle club or group members to be safer when riding and reduce the potential for deadly crashes?

Riding motorcycles involves an element of risk. Contributing to the danger is a lack of knowledge amongst riders of what the real risks are and the strategies they can use to avoid crashes. Through the efforts of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, motorcycle crashes have been extensively researched and that research shows that most can be avoided by the actions of a knowledgeable and skillful rider, but we need to share this information to reduce crashes.

TxDOT offers a free on-site presentation of this valuable and life-saving information to your club or group as part of on-going rider safety efforts. For further information or to schedule a presentation, please contact:

Jude Schexnyder
Motorcycle Safety Program Manager
(512) 832-7035
Email: jude.schexnyder@txdot.gov

Let’s all work together to stay riding safe.

Great Outdoors Expo | Seafood. SEE Motorcycles.

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 4.02.43 PMJoin us July 21 through 23 as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team travels to Beaumont, Texas, for the Great Outdoors Expo. We’ll be promoting public awareness of motorcycles, and rider safety and awareness.  We’ll also be giving away freebies! Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

This year’s expo covers 100,000 square feet with hunting, fishing and outdoor sports attractions and exhibits. Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids under 12. Visit the Great Outdoor Expo website for more information.

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Share the Road | Tips for Motorists

Look Before a Left, the Right Way

Most motorcycle-vehicle crashes happen when a driver turns left in front of the rider. Drivers often don’t see the rider, or if they do, they misjudge the rider’s speed or distance. Motorcycles can move fast and are often hard to spot. When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.

Share the Road

It’s true that a motorcycle takes up less space in the lane. But remember, whether passing a motorcycle or following one in your lane, the rider requires the same amount of reaction time you do. Give a motorcycle the same space you’d give any other vehicle. Don’t tailgate — give motorcycles a four-second following distance.

Avoid Riders in Your Blind Spot

Motorcycles present a narrow profile, and they can wind up in your blind spot in a hurry. Being aware of your surroundings—and all the vehicles around you—will improve safety for everyone on the road.

 

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TTI Researchers Conduct Five-Year Motorcycle Crash Analysis

Motorcycle Crash Analysis Fact SheetAs part of a Texas Department of Transportation grant, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute conducted a five-year analysis of motorcycle crash data.

Researchers found:

  • The number of registered motorcycles doubled from 179,329 in 2000 to 445,395 in 2014. This dramatic increase suggests that crashes with motorcycles will continue to be a traffic safety issue.
  • The counties with the most motorcycle registrations were Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Harris, Montgomery, Tarrant, and Travis, which corresponds to the most populated areas of Texas.
  • In 2015, there were over 8,000 motorcycle crashes. The severity of those crashes were classified as:
    • 6 percent fatal injury
    • 22 percent incapacitating injury
    • 38 percent non-incapacitating injury
    • 21 percent possible injury
    • 14 percent no injury
    • The percentage of crashes classified as fatal or incapacitating is similar from 2010 to 2015.
  • Overall more crashes occur in urban areas (70 percent) but rural crashes are more severe. Of rural motorcycle crashes, 36 percent resulted in a fatal or incapacitating injury compared to 23 percent in urban areas.
  • The rate of fatal or incapacitating motorcycle crashes was 8.4 per 100,000 population in 2015.

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Agenda Announced for June 22 TMSC Meeting

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Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, June 22, 2017, 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 Gibb Gilchrist Building, room 102. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting. 

Please RSVP to attend by emailing Christie no later than noon on Monday, June 20 and indicate if you will drive a State Vehicle, Personal Vehicle or Motorcycle so that we can have an accurate headcount and correct types of parking permits.  This is very important because the permits have to ordered/picked up from TAMU Parking.

The agenda will be as follows:

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Opening Remarks/Welcome New Members
Chris Beiries, TMSC Chair
10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum Discussion & Evaluation: Increasing Attendance & Future Speakers
Mike Manser, TTI
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. TxDPS Motorcycle Safety Unit Update
John Young, TxDPS
11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan Review
Mike Manser, TTI
12:35 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Lunch and Impaired Motorcycle Simulator Demo
Ben Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Motorcycle Safety in Florida
Chanyoung Lee, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open Discussion and Adjourn