TMSC Meeting Minutes | March 9, 2017

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on March 9 to discuss a number of items. Highlights included:

  • TxDOT management transition of motorcycle related grants
  • 2016 five percent increase in Texas motorcycle fatalities
  • Only 50 open slots left for the Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum
  • TTI researchers are developing a safety-focused interactive map of motorcycle routes in Texas
  • TMSC Volunteers wanted for Look Learn Live outreach events
  • Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing representatives present on Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles statewide media campaign launch on April 27
  • TTI researcher presents using Look Learn Live social media as a tool for promoting events and for encouraging behavior changes

The 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.

Draft Agenda for Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum Announced

The Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum focuses on motorcycle safety issues and motorist awareness. The Forum, sponsored by the Texas Department of TransportationTexas Motorcycle Safety Coalition and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, is FREE to attend.

Register now to attend.

Following is the draft agenda for the 2017 Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Check In and Registration

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks, Statewide Statistics, Chris Beireis, Chair, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Daniel Jeffries Tribute, Jude Schexnyder, Traffic Safety Specialist, TxDOT

10:00 – 10:40 a.m.  
Emerging Motorcycle Safety Technology, Tim Buche, President & CEO, Motorcycle Industry Council

10:40 – 11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
TxDOT Motorcycle Safety Update, Jude Schexnyder, Traffic Safety Specialist, TxDOT

11:20 – 11:40 a.m. 
Texas DPS & Rider Training Update, John Young, Program Director, TxDPS

11:40 – 1:00 p.m.   
Lunch & SKIDBIKE Demonstration

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.
Five-Year Crash Analysis Summary, Amber Trueblood, Crash Analysis Program, CTS, TTI

1:40 – 2:10 p.m.
Indiana ABATE, Jay Jackson, Executive Director, ABATE of Indiana & Executive Board Member, State Motorcycle Safety Administrators

2:10 – 2:20 p.m.
Break

2:20 – 3:00 p.m.  
Panel Discussion on Ways Motorcycles and Non-Motorcycles Can Share the Road Better

3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Please note, the agenda is subject to change.

 

Register Now for the Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum

Have you registered for the Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum yet?

The Forum focuses on motorcycle safety issues and motorist awareness. The Forum, sponsored by the Texas Department of TransportationTexas Motorcycle Safety Coalition and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, is FREE to attend.

When:

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Austin, Texas 78752

Register Now for the 2017 Motorcycle Safety Forum

 

Riders Needed for Press Event to Kick Off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Show your support for riders who died on Texas roadways. Join us to launch the Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles safety campaign and Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May.

WHO: Texas motorcycle clubs and riders

WHAT: Statewide press conference launching the Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles safety campaign

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • 9:30 a.m. – Arrival by motorcyclists
  • 10:00 a.m. – Set up and press photos
  • 10:30 a.m. – Press conference

WHERE: Long Center for the Performing Arts 701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704

WHY: To show solidarity for riders who lost their lives in 2016 and to raise motorists’ awareness of the importance of looking twice for motorcycles.

Register your group by April 24, 2017. To register, email Emily Baker at outreach@sherrymatthews.com.

Join the Facebook event to stay up to date.

Register Now | 2017 Traffic Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Traffic Safety Conference.

This year’s conference theme is Taking Action: The New Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan and You. The conference will focus on actions we can take to implement the strategies and countermeasures of the revised Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Seven traffic safety issues have been identified for emphasis in the new plan.

  • Impaired Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Intersection Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Lane and Roadway Departures
  • Speeding
  • Older System Users

Conference sessions will focus on ways to take action to reduce death and injuries in each area. Interactive sessions to provide feedback on the new plan and to discuss ways to collaborate and work together will be included.

Three pre-conference workshops are being planned.

  • Workshop 1 will cover behavioral issues and how you can help reach out to change behavior.
  • Workshop 2 will cover engineering countermeasures for intersection safety and roadway and lane departures.
  • Workshop 3 will cover impaired driving.

Conference Overview:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.                      Pre Conference Workshops
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.                      Exhibitor Set-up
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.                      Conference Registration Desk Open
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.                      Welcome/Exhibitors Reception

 Thursday, June 8, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Exhibitor Showcase
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            Opening Welcome Session
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Breakout Sessions
12:00 noon – 1:45 p.m.           Conference Luncheon
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.              Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.              Breakout Session

Friday, June 9, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.            Registration Desk Open
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.            Exhibitor Showcase
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.            Breakout Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Plenary Session/Conference Close