2019 Texas Motorcycle Rider Survey

Unlicensed Riders in Texas

The Problem in Texas

In 2018, there were 398 motorcycle operator fatalities in Texas. Of these, 184 motorcycle operators did not have a motorcycle endorsement or license, known as a Class M, at the time of the crash.

Unlicensed riders accounted for 46% of motorcycle operator fatalities in Texas in 2018. Unlicensed motorcyclists are over-represented when compared to unlicensed drivers in Texas. In 2018, there were 1,861 driver fatalities in Texas. Of these, 233 did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash, which accounted for 13% of driver fatalities that year. 

In 2019, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) surveyed motorcyclists in Texas to investigate reasons motorcyclists don’t get their Class M. The survey was part of a larger project funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The project’s primary purpose was to promote rider knowledge, skill, and safety by encouraging riders to complete motorcycle safety training.

Some of the questions asked in the survey focused around:

  • What about unlicensed riders in Texas?
  • Why don’t unlicensed riders get their Class M license?
  • Were unlicensed riders aware of the 1-day intermediate safety course?

The Solution in Texas

If you are a rider in Texas without your Class M license, schedule your class today! Numerous training schools across Texas offer these courses. To find the nearest TxDPS-certified course to you, visit https://www.dps.texas.gov/msb/map/.

The results of the survey can be found in these two summary documents:

Come see us! Look Learn Live attending International Motorcycle Show in Dallas

The International Motorcycle Show starts January 3, 2020 and runs through January 5, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. TTI’s motorcycle safety team will be there to spread the word about motorcycle safety.

We’ll be handing out free patches, koozies, chapstick, hand sanitizer, kickstand coasters and bumper stickers at the booth. Come see us!

Before your ride, remember:

  1. Wear all the gear, all the time.
  2. Ride smart, not impaired.
  3. Take the Basic RiderCourse.

Find out more about rally events on the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows website.

Details about the International Motorcycle Show, Times, Event Dates

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TMSC Meeting Minutes – August 29, 2019

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The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on August 29 at TTI’s headquarters at the RELLIS campus in Bryan. Highlights include:

  • Opening Remarks and New Member Introduction
  • TxDOT Update
  • Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update
  • Safety Tips for Riders and Motorists – Group Discussion
  • Planning session – Ways to address alcohol served at motorcycle dealerships.
  • TMSC Updates on Motorcycle Safety Activities
  • 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.

RSVP for the August 29 Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

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August 29, 2019 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting where we will be identifying resources and developing a plan to address alcohol served at dealerships, a discussion of which was initiated at the previous meeting. There will also be a discussion to identify safety tips for riders and motorists that can be posted to the LLL social media channels.

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. 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, August 27 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.

TTI Headquarters Building, 1111 RELLIS Parkway, Bryan, TX can be found at this link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/TTI+Headquarters/@30.6481323,-96.4751556,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86442b0a8ca85417:0xdc9c685f9bb723c2!8m2!3d30.6481323!4d-96.4729669

TMSC Meeting Minutes – June 27, 2019

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition met on June 27 at TTI’s new headquarters at the RELLIS campus in Bryan. Highlights include:

  • Opening Remarks and New Member Introduction
  • TxDOT Update
  • Motorcycle Training and TDLR Update
  • 2020 Forum Planning
  • New Videos
  • Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycle – Recent Supplements
  • TMSC Bylaws and Upcoming Meetings
  • 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.