Spreading Motorcycle Safety at ROT Rally

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 2.54.48 PMThe 2017 Republic of Texas Biker Rally kicks off June 8, and we’ll be there to spread the word about motorcycle safety.

The motorcycle safety team will be handing out free patches, reflective helmet stickers, bumper stickers and sticky pads at the booth.

Before your ride, remember:

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

Get tickets and find our more on the ROT Rally website.

Share the Road this Memorial Day

There will be a lot of two, three and four-wheeled vehicles traveling Texas roadways this Memorial Day Weekend. Remember, to share the road with your fellow Texans.

If you’re a motorist:

  • When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.
  • Give a motorcycle the same space you’d give any other vehicle.
  • Being aware of your surroundings—and all the vehicles around you—will improve safety for everyone on the road.

If you’re a motorcyclist:

  • Wear all the gear, all the time.
  • Be seen – wear bright-colored clothing, have your headlights on during the daytime, and signal your intentions.
  • Actively scan the roadway.
  • Ride smart, not impaired.

TxDOT Urges Drivers to “Share the Road,” Help Curb Statewide Increase in Motorcycle Fatalities

As more motorcycles take to the road, fatalities up 6 percent last year

AUSTIN – In an effort to curb an increase in motorcycle fatalities on Texas roads, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign as part of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. The campaign implores drivers to watch closely for motorcycles, especially at intersections and when changing lanes.

“Part of our responsibility as motorists is to always be aware of other vehicles on the road and to give them plenty of space,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Motorcycles are particularly vulnerable because they can be difficult to see and don’t have the standard safety features found in cars and trucks. On a motorcycle, even a relatively minor collision can be fatal, so we’re urging drivers to please keep an eye out for their fellow motorists.”

Motorcyclists are nearly 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car or truck occupants.[i] More than half (54 percent) of fatal motorcycle crashes result from a collision with a car or truck.[ii] From 2015 to 2016, Texas motorcycle fatalities increased from 464 to 493 (6 percent), and crashes resulting in seriously injured motorcyclists increased from 1,902 to 2,006 (5 percent). The summer months have the highest incidences of motorcycle crashes.[iii] TxDOT’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign reminds drivers to:

  • Always use turn signals.
  • Give motorcycles plenty of space and don’t follow too closely.
  • Check mirrors before changing lanes.
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane.

This year’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign will conduct outreach events inviting visitors to participate in activities that highlight motorcycle safety. Campaign tour stops are:

  • April 27 – Austin (statewide launch)
  • April 29 – San Antonio
  • April 30 – Houston
  • May 6 – Waco
  • May 18 – El Paso
  • May 27 – Dallas

To learn more about the campaign, visit LookTwiceTexas.com or visit TxDOT’s website at txdot.gov. You can also follow TxDOT on Facebook at facebook.com/TxDOT and on Twitter at twitter.com/txdot.

June 22 | Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Meeting

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

Join us for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) meeting, June 22, 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, June 20 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 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. Sign up to get involved with the coalition. For more information about the coalition or to see past meeting minutes, go to the TMSC page.

An agenda & reminder will be available soon.

TxDPS Hiring Motorcycle Safety Training Officer in Austin | Apply Now

The Texas Department of Public Safety is looking for a motorcycle safety training officer in Austin.

General duties will include:

  • Plan and develop curricula and course outlines; select instructional methods; and develop training aids, manuals, and other materials.
  • Assess and analyze training needs.
  • Formulate learning objectives, and plan, design, and develop methods for the assessment and evaluation of training effectiveness.
  • Organize and prepare materials and supplies for training courses such as notebooks, handouts, flip-charts, projectors, laptops, or other resources.
  • Participate in the planning and development of specialized training, staff development, and continuing education programs.
  • Research, develop, review, and assess training programs and materials, and recommend modifications as appropriate.
  • Coordinate training presentations and provide training or technical assistance to other agencies and provider organizations.
  • Respond to inquires, provide, and exchange information with various external and internal customers regarding the laws, procedures, rules, and standards for motorcycles, motorcycle safety, methods, materials, techniques, results, and operator training.
  • Determine the need for and participate with others in soliciting and selecting sponsors for new training sites, training their administrative and RiderCoach staff and servicing, supporting, and monitoring their training activities including training range layout and painting.
  • Maintain current and up-to-date knowledge through a wide variety of media of Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and ATV Safety Institute (ASI) and Total Control of program changes, compliance, and status.
  • Perform technical assistance visits of instructors and Rider Coaches.
  • Perform contract compliance audits of both contracted and licensed motorcycle and ATV training providers.
  • Travel overnight on a moderate basis to accomplish agency goals and duties.
  • Perform special projects as assigned.
  • May move motorcycle and ATV’s by hand and lift and carry moderately heavy items to accomplish some support activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Education – Graduation from a four (4) year accredited college or university with emphasis in criminal justice, business or public administration, communication or a related field.
  • Experience – One (1) or more years work experience conducting basic and advanced motorcycle operator training courses and two (2) or more years work experience conducting initial and refresher RiderCoach training courses.
  • Work experience of the type described or full time employment as a motorcycle safety training site administrator may substitute for the educational requirement with one (1) year equal to thirty (30) semester hours OR experience teaching ten (10) basic or advanced motorcycle safety courses may be substituted per thirty (30) semester hours.

For more information visit the TxDPS website.