Check Out the New Routes Section of LookLearnLive

We recently added a section to our website! Click on Routes in the main navigation to check it out! This interactive map of Texas shows where motorcycle crashes have occurred along popular riding routes. While there are many online resources that also plot popular riding routes, few – if any of them – include a safety component. It is our hope that this website will aid riders as they plan their riding routes around the State.

By selecting one of these routes, you can learn more information about the route, including where motorcycle crashes have occurred, factors that contributed to these crashes, and riding and safety tips. By creating a user account, you can suggest routes, add route ratings, and share your own photos and videos. Your input is what will make this website a useful and meaningful tool for other riders.

After visiting the new map section, please consider taking a short 10-minute survey about your experience. To take the survey, click here:  https://tti.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cYNdz8rJjm4ngON. Eligible participants must be 18 years old and fluent in English. There will be at least 20 motorcycle riders and enthusiasts who participate in this study.

For more information or questions, please contact Paige Ericson-Graber at p-ericson@tti.tamu.edu.

Spreading Awareness About Motorcycle Safety at the Pearland International Festival

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety will be out at the Pearland International Festival to promote motorist awareness and rider safety.  We’ll also be giving away freebies! Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

The 2017 Pearland International Festival takes place this weekend, Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door. Find out more at http://www.ifestoftexas.org.

In the United States, a large majority of motorcycling is recreational. Elsewhere in the world, many people depend on two- or three wheels to go about their daily commute. Did you know the top 5 countries with the highest percent of motorcycle/moped/scooter use:

  1. Vietnam – 79%
  2. Indonesia – 67%
  3. Taiwan – 48%
  4. India – 40%
  5. Pakistan – 35%

These (and all other) two- and three-wheeled users can all benefit when motorists look twice.

*Data according to Dalia Research (https://daliaresearch.com/blog-the-top-5-cycling-motorcycling-countries-in-the-world/)

 

TMSC Meeting Minutes | August 24, 2017

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on August 24 to discuss a number of items. Highlights include:

  • TxDOT Motorcycle Survival Presentation: Overview & Responses
  • Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan Supplemental TMSC Workshop Overview
  • Gear Up PSAs Presentation & Feedback
  • Identification of Future TMSC Meeting Locations, Dates, and Times
  • Associate Designer from KLIM Technical Riding Gear Presents to coalition on New Gear Trends, KLIM Development and Design Strategies, and More
  • Learn. Live. Outreach Events

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.

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.

TMSC Working Session — Rider Responsibility

During the June TMSC meeting, held in College Station on June 22nd, the coalition members and guests in attendance worked together to expand one of the motorcycle safety countermeasures presented in the Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycles. The document, Texas SAP for Motorcycles Supplement, reviews the methods used for conducting the working session, as well as the findings presented by the session’s breakout groups. The goal for this working session was to allow for a diverse set of motorcycle safety stakeholders to collaborate on ways to achieve rider responsibility. Similar working sessions that will expand on other countermeasures presented in the Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycles will be held in future TMSC meetings.

Download the PDF.