The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition, in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Center for Transportation Safety, will present annual Texas Motorcycle Safety Awards. These competitive awards are meant to recognize, honor, and celebrate those individuals or groups who go “above and beyond” in support of the mission to increase motorcycle safety in the State of Texas. All nominations are considered for each of the following awards:
- The Texas Motorcycle Safety Champion Award
- The Texas Motorcycle Safety Difference Maker Award
To learn more about the awards, review the:
2021 Texas Motorcycle Champion Award Winner – Shelley “REDD” Holmes
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Shelley “REDD” Holmes has been involved with Texas Council of Clubs and Independents (TCOCI) motorcycle safety and awareness since 2008. TCOCI has twelve regions across Texas. In addition to her own Region 1, Shelley has assisted other TCOCI regions to set up safety and awareness programs. These programs help non-riders to learn how to safely share the roads with motorcycles to reduce crashes and deaths. Their members work with local mayors, city councils, and the Governor of Texas to receive proclamations for recognizing May as national Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. Organized visits to the capital are made each legislative year to engage with our state representatives about bills pertaining to motorcycles.
Other accomplishments to help spread safety awareness include simplifying a talking point bulletin for non-riders to read to educate them on safely sharing the road. Working with local cities to install permanent “Share the Road” signs within the city’s limits. Coordinating the distribution of free TxDOT “Share the Road” yard signs, bumper stickers, and pamphlets at bike nights, regional TCOCI and state rallies. Submitting several articles to local newspapers and social media. Continually coming up with new ideas to help educate the public and save lives. At one meeting she had a few dozen people walking around at a chili cook off at a Harley Davidson dealership wearing signs around them that said things like “I was killed at an intersection because the driver didn’t see me”, “I was rear ended by a car that failed to stop at a stop sign”, etc. She has collected comments from social media to show a lack of sympathy regarding bikers.
As a longtime member of the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition, Shelley attends the quarterly meetings and reports back information to the TCOCI regions. Most recently, she volunteered to be a part of the newly formed TMSC Task Force. Please join the TMSC in congratulating Shelley “Redd” Holmes as the 2020 Motorcycle Safety Champion Award recipient.
2021 Texas Motorcycle Safety Difference Maker Award Winner – Jude Schexnyder
Jude Schexnyder has been an avid motorcycle rider for nearly 50 years. He is a retired Texas DPS officer and has been actively involved in motorcycle safety training and motorcycle legislative issues in Texas for many years. He was instrumental in establishing the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) and served at the first Chairman of that organization for five years. Currently he serves on the TMSC Task Force as the Legislative Representative.
Jude spent over 12 years as an MSF RiderCoach. He was a pioneer in helping bring Total Control curricula to Texas as a Total Control Instructor. He owned a motorcycle safety training company providing basic, intermediate, and advanced courses.
More recently, Jude worked as the Motorcycle Safety Program Manager for the Texas Department of Transportation where he developed a rider safety presentation he describes as rider survival tips. A variation of which is he currently facilitates for groups and events for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
He currently serves as the Texas Chapter Volunteer Coordinator for the American Motorcyclist Association. He is the rider representative on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a contributing writer for Ride Texas magazine on articles concerning motorcycle safety in this state.
Jude rides a BMW, rain or shine. He is a readily observed speaker and source of information the motorcycling community trusts and can depend on. An all-around great guy. Thank you for your dedication.