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.

Agenda Announced for Aug. 24 TMSC Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, August 24, 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 Tuesday, August 22 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 am –  10:05am Opening Remarks/Welcome New Members
Chris Beiries, TMSC Chair
10:05am –  10:25am Overview of Motorcycle Mapping Project
Paige Ericson-Graber, TTI
10:25am  –10:45am TxDOT Motorcycle Survival Presentation: Overview & Responses
Jude Schexnyder, TxDOT
10:45am – 11:05am Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan Supplemental TMSC Workshop Overview
Mike Manser, TTI
11:05am – 11:45am Tentative: Klim Motorcycle Gear
11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:20pm Gear Up PSAs Presentation & Feedback
Mike Manser, TTI
1:20pm – 1:40pm Identification of Future TMSC Meeting Locations, Dates, and Times
Mike Manser, TTI
1:40pm – 1:50pm Break
1:50pm – 2:10pm Look. Learn. Live. Outreach Events
Christie Havemann, TTI
2:10pm – 2:30pm Skilled Motorcycle Riders Association
Sara Parks, Skilled Motorcycle Riders Association
2:30pm – 3:00pm Open Discussion & Adjourn