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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 1

2020 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum Garners Record Attendance, Appreciation from Participants

 

Texas leads the United States in fatal motorcycle crashes. Each year, the Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum brings together those interested in motorcycling and motorcycle safety to discuss opportunities and initiatives to reduce the likelihood of motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Texas.

 

The 2020 Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum was hosted in Kerrville, Texas, Feb. 22 and provided important information to riders, instructors, and traffic safety professionals interested in improving rider safety. The annual event is co-sponsored by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

 

“I’m a rider myself, and it’s important to keep the lines of communication open about riding safety,” explains TTI Senior Research Scientist Michael Manser, who coordinates the forum under the auspices of TxDOT’s Traffic Safety Program. “It’s not just about academic research; we welcome all views and experiences to try and make the roads as safe as we can for riders and others.”

 

This year’s forum achieved a record of more than 100 attendees from all over Texas and focused on how to improve rider safety. Attendees hailed from diverse backgrounds and included safety advocates representing riders, trainers, law enforcement, engineers, educators, military personnel, health professionals, and federal and state motorcycle safety organizations. Despite their varied walks of life, participants in the forum share a love for the “freedom of the road,” working together as a community through the forum to make roadways safer not just for other motorcyclists, but for all travelers. The day-long forum provided them the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive demos and presentations that focused on minimizing crash risks, avoiding impaired riding, and discussing combat riding techniques, among other topics. The forum continues to provide attendees opportunities to learn, network and share their knowledge with other riders.

 

“As a result of efforts by the TTI team to refocus the Texas Statewide Motorcycle Safety Forum directly on rider safety this year, we were able to attract more than 100 key stakeholders,” says Manser. “Thanks to their efforts, we’re not only able to give attendees information to help them be safer riders, but also to raise the issue of rider safety in the region and the country.”

 

“The forum is supported by a grant and critical partnership from the Texas Department of Transportation, Behavioral Traffic Safety Section,” says TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Mona Lisa Didelot-Page. “With fatalities on the rise in the state of Texas there is a huge need to change behavior not just for the motorcyclists but the motorists. This forum raises rider and motorist awareness so that greater safety can be achieved.”

 

Based on post-attendance surveys, participants in the 2020 forum seem happy with the forum’s enhanced focus on rider safety. Respondents stated they would recommend the forum to a friend and that the forum covered issues important to the riding community. They also provided insightful suggestions on potential topics for next year’s forum.

 

For more information about motorcycle safety or to join the coalition, visit LookLearnLive.org.

 

 

“The forum is supported by a grant and critical partnership from the Texas Department of Transportation, Behavioral Traffic Safety Section,” says TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Mona Lisa Didelot-Page. “With fatalities on the rise in the state of Texas there is a huge need to change behavior not just for the motorcyclists but the motorists. This forum raises rider and motorist awareness so that greater safety can be achieved.”

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