Reducing Risks to Motorcycles in Work Zones

All types of vehicles are impacted by temporary changes to the roadway in work zones.  However, temporary roadway conditions that affect tire traction, balance, stability, or steering patterns may be more problematic for motorcycle riders because they travel on just two wheels.

In 2017-2019, TxDOT sponsored a Traffic Safety Grant project to develop training for TxDOT engineers on ways to identify and reduce risks to motorcycles in work zones.  The project has produced an online awareness training course for TxDOT engineers and work zone project managers, a summary leaflet of recommendations, and a brochure for motorcycle riders.

Online Training Course for Engineers 

The course is available free of charge through the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) catalog of Professional Development Courses:

To register and take the course:

  1. Click the “Add to Cart” button.
  2. On the “Your Cart” page, click the “Checkout” button.
  3. If you have an account with ARTBA already, enter your username and password for that account.  If you do NOT have an account with ARTBA, click on the link that says “New User? Register for an account.”  On the registration form, fill in the fields for your name and email address, and create a password. You do not need to input your address or billing information; there is no charge for the course.
  4. At the bottom of the “Your Cart” page, check the box marked, “I agree” regarding the Payment Agreement Terms and Cancellation Policy, and then click on the “Submit Order” button.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to start the course.

Summary Leaflet for Engineers

This summary of recommendations from the online course can be printed as a single front-and-back sheet, or as two single-sided pages.

Click this link to download.


Brochure for Riders

Advice from rider coaches on handling work zone conditions like loose gravel, slippery pavement, and uneven lanes.

Click this link to download.