Texas Motorcycle Safety Awards

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:

2024 Texas Motorcycle Champion Award Winner – David Jones, D.D. 

Maurice Maness (left) presents the Texas Motorcycle Champion Award to David Jones, D.D. (right).

Dr. David Jones launched a nonprofit public 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated to providing and promoting Motorcycle Safety in the state of Texas.  The “Safety on Two Wheels” motorcycle training school:  

  • Offers a range of courses for entry-level to advanced riders at a reduced cost due to the non-profit structure of the organization, 
  • sets aside funds to provide training at low cost for students who have financial need,  
  • provides financial help to offset training costs for new Rider Coaches in Texas,  
  • provides free motorcycle safety talks and group riding training seminars in the Houston metro area, and  
  • has established mobile training centers in areas of Texas where there is need. 

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition honors Doc Jones and his associates for their work to lower barriers to motorcycle safety training and improve the skills and safety of motorcycle riders in Texas.  

2024 Texas Motorcycle Safety Difference Maker Award Winner – Texas Council of Clubs & Independents, Region 1 – Central Texas 

Maurice Maness (right) presents the Texas Motorcycle Safety Difference Maker Award to “Spitfire” Ronnie Nippert (right).

The TCOC&I Region 1 Safety Awareness Team has worked since 2008 to educate road users about how to share the road safely with motorcycle riders. The Region 1 team’s many outreach activities include: 

  • Speaking at city council meetings about motorcycle safety awareness. 
  • Obtaining proclamations about Motorcycle Safety Month in May from city mayors. 
  • Setting up bridge banners on I-35 reminding drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. 
  • Disbursing thousands of “Share the Road” yard signs to other TCOC&I regions across Texas. 
  • Working with cities to install permanent “Share the Road” signs. 
  • Creating 12 talking points to educate road users on sharing the roads safely, and distributing those talking points as printed materials to local businesses. 
  • Creating outreach campaigns showing how riders come from all professions and all walks of life. 
  • Volunteering time and effort as part of the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition.

Through these efforts, TCOC&I Region 1 reaches out to thousands of people every year, raising awareness and opening up communication between motorcycle riders and other road users to improve safety and reduce crashes and injuries.