RSVP for June 27 Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

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Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, June 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the new TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway in Bryan, Texas, 77807 (see link to map below), in Room 1124 & Room 1122. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting.

If you plan to attend the meeting please RSVP by emailing Christie no later than noon on Tuesday, June 25 and be sure to include you your license plate number. The license plate number is needed because of the way that parking permits are processed on the RELLIS campus. RSVP-ing in advance and providing your license plate information will help us save time Thursday morning (and will help us order the right amount of food for lunch)!

TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway, Bryan, TX can be found at the link below. Google Maps describes the building as “Under Construction” but it is now complete and open for business!

https://www.google.com/maps/place/TTI+Headquarters+-+Under+Construction/@30.6481323,-96.4751556,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86442b0a8ca85417:0xdc9c685f9bb723c2!8m2!3d30.6481323!4d-96.4729669

TMSC Meeting Minutes – April 25, 2019

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The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on April 25 at TTI’s new headquarters at the RELLIS campus in Bryan. Highlights include:

  • Opening Remarks and New Member Introduction
  • 2019 Forum Review and Evaluation and 2020 Forum Dates
  • Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update
  • TxDOT Update
  • TMSC Bylaws and Upcoming Meetings
  • Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan 2016-21 Review; SAP Countermeasures and TMSC
  • Open Discussion and Adjournment

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.

May is Motorcycle Safety Month! TxDOT Reminds Drivers to Look Twice for Motorcycles

417 motorcyclists died in 2018 in crashes on Texas roads

AUSTIN – TxDOT’s statewide “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” motorcycle safety and public awareness campaign urges motorists to look twice for  motorcycles, especially at intersections, where motorcycle collisions most commonly occur.

Why should drivers be aware of motorcyclists when traveling Texas roads?

On average, a motorcyclist dies in a crash on Texas roads every day. In 2018, 417 riders lost their lives and 920 were seriously injured in crashes. More than half of fatal motorcycle crashes result from collisions with other vehicles.  Drivers simply don’t see the motorcycle or misjudge its distance and speed. The small size of motorcycles can make them appear farther away when they’re actually closer. The combination of congested roadways, distracted driving and the difficulty of seeing motorcycles in traffic has led to many preventable fatalities each year.

What are some tips for safely sharing the road with motorcycles?

  • Look twice for motorcycles, especially at intersections.
  • Always assume motorcycles are closer than they appear to be, and avoid turning in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Use your turn signals and check your blind spot before changing lanes.
  • Don’t follow a motorcycle too closely.
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane.
  • Obey posted speed limits.

To learn more about the “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” statewide campaign, visit TxDOT’s website.

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at [email protected] or (512) 463-8700.

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting – Agenda Update!

As you may be aware, there is currently proposed legislation to move the DPS Motorcycle Training Unit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). We are pleased to announce that the update on Motorcycle Training and the TDLR at the April 25 TMSC meeting will be presented by representatives of TDLR!  Join us to welcome and hear from Carla James, Deputy Executive Director of Resources and Licensing Services, Mike Arismendez, Deputy Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Ray Pizzaro, Director of Education and Examination Division.

Reminder: If you are planning to attend the April 25 meeting, RSVP by emailing Christie no later than noon on Tuesday, April 23 and indicate if you will drive a State Vehicle, Personal Vehicle or Motorcycle, and if possible please include the license plate number – this will speed up getting your parking permit when you arrive at the new TTI Headquarters building (1111 RELLIS Parkway, Bryan, Texas, 77807).

RSVP for April 25 Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, April 25, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New location! The meeting will be held at the new TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway in Bryan, Texas, 77807 (https://tti.tamu.edu/facilities/maps/bryan-college-station/), in Room 1122. Both members and non-members are invited to attend the meeting.

Please RSVP to attend by emailing Christie no later than noon on Tuesday, April 23 and indicate if you will drive a State Vehicle, Personal Vehicle or Motorcycle, and if possible please include the license plate number. The license plate number is needed to issue your parking permit at the RELLIS campus. RSVP-ing in advance and providing your vehicle and license plate information will save some time when you arrive on Thursday morning (and will help us order the right amount of food for lunch)!

The agenda will be as follows:

10:00 – 10:15 AM | Opening Remarks & New Member Introduction | Chris Beiries, TMSC Chair

10:15 – 10:30 AM | 2019 Forum Review and Eval; 2020 Forum Dates | Cody Stewart, TTI

10:30 – 10:45 AM | Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update | John Young, DPS/Mike Manser, TTI

10:45 – 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 – 11:20 AM | TxDOT Update | Lisa Johnson, TxDOT

11:20 – 12:00 PM | TMSC Bylaws and Upcoming Meetings | Mike Manser, TTI

12:00 – 1:15 PM | Lunch and Networking

1:15 – 1:45 PM | Motorcycle Strategic Action Plan 2016-21 Review | Laura Higgins, TTI

1:45 – 2:45 PM | SAP Countermeasures and TMSC – Discussion

2:45 – 3:00 PM | Open Discussion and Adjourn