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Full Agenda Announced | Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum

We are pleased to announce the full agenda for the Texas Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum to be held on Saturday February 23, 2019. The location will be in beautiful Kerrville, Texas, with some of the best riding routes in the state.

We normally talk about how motorcycles cause injuries and fatalities. Our keynote speaker, Krystal Hess – Founder of Motorcycle Missions, will help us understand how motorcycles and motorcycling are being used as tools to help improve our safety, particularly for veterans suffering from PTSD.

The agenda also features experts to discuss national, state, and local motorcycle safety issues that are relevant to all riders. It is a very exciting Forum this year. There is still time to register.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Check-In and Registration

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. Opening Remarks | Chris Beireis | Chair, Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition

9:40 – 10:10 a.m. Motorcycle Visibility and Conspicuity – Where Riders Need to Pay Attention | Eva Shipp and Amber Trueblood | Texas A&M Transportation Institute

10:10 – 10:25 a.m. TxDOT Motorcycle Program Updates | Lisa Johnson | Motorcycle Program Manager, TxDOT

10:25 – 10:40 a.m. What Is the Texas Department of Public Safety Doing to Train Riders?
TxDPS and Rider Training Update | John Young | Director, Motorcycle Training Program, TxDPS

10:40 – 10:50 a.m. Break

10:50 – 11:20 a.m. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Regional 6 Activities | Becky Walker | Regional Program Manager, NHTSA

11:20 – 11:50 a.m. American Motorcyclist Association/ Federal Highway Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council | Michael Sayre | Member, AMA/FHWA Motorcycle Advisory Council

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER A Different Perspective on Safety | Krystal Hess | Founder, Motorcycle Missions

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. How to Prepare for Safe Riding | Panel Session: Audrey Menarik, Owner, Moto Liberty & Lee Bailey, Bandera EMS

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:50 p.m. How to Manage a Crash Scene | Road Guardians

3:50 – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Register now!

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2019 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum | Agenda Highlights

There are 22 days until the 2019 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum. Highlights from this years agenda include:
  • Opening remarks from the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition Chairman
  • Motorcycle Visbility and Consipicuity – Where Riders Need to Pay Attention
  • What is TxDOT Doing to Address Rider Safety? TxDOT Motorcycle Program Update
  • What is DPS Doing to Train Riders? Texas DPS & Rider Training Update
  • Activities Within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region
  • AMA / Federal Highways Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council
  • How to Prepare for Safe Riding – Panel Session
  • How to Manage a Crash Scene

Register now to attend!

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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.

 

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Upcoming TMSC Meetings

Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition logo

The goal of the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) is to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcycles and deaths and injuries resulting from these crashes. To accomplish this goal, the coalition meets four times a year. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019

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.

If you would like to become a member of the coalition, you can sign up at https://www.looklearnlive.org/texas-motorcycle-safety-coalition/.

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A New Year With Endless Opportunities to Improve Motorcycle Safety in Texas

What resolutions are you making this year?

Maybe you’re thinking about taking on the open road on two or three wheels and need to get your Class M license. Learn more about how to get your Class M license on the Texas DPS website.

Or perhaps you already have your Class M license and need to brush up on some safety tips. An advanced rider course might be for you. Find a training location near you. This could also be the year you decide to get a new helmet or other protective riding gear.

If you’re a driver maybe your resolution could be looking twice for motorcycles. 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.

If you’re thinking about learning more about motorcycle safety, we’ve got you covered. The 2019 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum will be held February 23 in Kerrville, Texas. Register NOW!

Whatever you resolution is, make it one that includes improving the safety of motorcyclists and motorists in 2019. Happy New Year from all of us at Look Learn Live!

 

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