2017 Motorcycle Safety Forum Pictures

The 2017 Motorcycle Safety Forum was held April 7, in Austin, Texas. Safety advocated gathered to discuss opportunities and initiatives to reduce the likelihood of motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Texas.

This year’s Forum included the following presentations:

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.

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.

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


Photos from the Forum

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Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles Tour Schedule

The Texas Department of Transportation will be kicking off the Share the Road: Look Twice For Motorcycles campaign.

The kick-off press event will be held Thursday, April 27 at the Austin Long Center Terrace (701 W. Riverside Dr. Austin, TX 78704) at 10:30 a.m. Riders are encouraged to sign up and attend the event to show solidarity for riders who lost their lives in 2016 and to raise motorists’ awareness of the importance of looking twice for motorcycles.

After the kick-off event, the outreach event tour schedule is as follows:

San Antonio King William Fair
217 E. Guenther Street
San Antonio, TX 78204
Saturday, April 29
10:00am – 6:00pm

Houston Texas Crawfish & Music Festival
Preservation Park
209 Gentry St.
Spring, Texas 77373
Sunday, April 30
Noon – 6:00pm

Waco Sertoma Kite Festival
HOTMAC Airfield
3400 Overflow Rd.
Waco, TX 76712
Saturday, May 6
10:00am – 3:00pm

El Paso Chihuahuas game
Southwest University Park
1 Ballpark Plaza
El Paso, Texas 79901
Thursday May 18
5:30 – 10:00pm (Game 6:35pm)

Dallas Art on the Greene
Richard Greene Linear Park
1601 E. Randol Mill Rd.
Arlington, TX 76011
Saturday, May 27
10:00am – 6:00pm

Visitors can have their picture taken with a large sculpture with the words “Look Twice,” as well as with a giant, 25-foot inflatable motorcycle as part of TxDOT’s “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” traveling campaign. The exhibit also offers educational games and giveaways designed to build awareness about the importance of watching for motorcyclists when traveling around the community.

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.

Motorist Awareness at Earth Day Texas

We’re traveling to Dallas, April 21-23, for Earth Day Texas. We’ll be promoting public awareness of motorcycles, and rider safety and awareness.

The motorcycle safety team will be handing out free giveaways at the booth. Stop by the exhibit booth, introduce yourself, and learn more about sharing the road and looking twice!

Find out more about Earth Day Texas on their website.

Volunteer to help us spread the message!

Share the Road | Tips for Motorists

Look Before a Left, the Right Way

Most motorcycle-vehicle crashes happen when a driver turns left in front of the rider. Drivers often don’t see the rider, or if they do, they misjudge the rider’s speed or distance. Motorcycles can move fast and are often hard to spot. When turning left, especially at intersections, always double-check the cross traffic.

Share the Road

It’s true that a motorcycle takes up less space in the lane. But remember, whether passing a motorcycle or following one in your lane, the rider requires the same amount of reaction time you do. Give a motorcycle the same space you’d give any other vehicle. Don’t tailgate — give motorcycles a four-second following distance.

Avoid Riders in Your Blind Spot

Motorcycles present a narrow profile, and they can wind up in your blind spot in a hurry. Being aware of your surroundings—and all the vehicles around you—will improve safety for everyone on the road.