“Share the Road” and Help Decrease Motorcycle Fatalities

May 31, 2017 by Dan Hennessey

To raise Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, the Texas Department of Transportation recently launched a campaign called “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles.”  The campaign emphasizes that drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and watch closely for motorcycles at intersections and when changing lanes.

Motorcyclists are considered one of the most vulnerable road users.  On average, a motorcyclist dies in Texas once per day.  Recent statistics in Texas have showed that motorcycle fatalities are increasing as well.  More than half of the fatalities are associated with a motorcycle colliding with either a car or a truck; typically, summer has the highest incidences of motorcycle crashes.

The campaign reminds drivers to ALWAYS use turn signals, check the mirrors in your vehicle before changing lanes, give motorcyclists a full lane, and leave enough space between your vehicle and a motorcycle. For more information about this campaign, please visit LookTwiceTexas.com or visit txdot.gov.

Written by Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey

Dan Hennessey, P.E., PTOE is Director of Transportation Engineering at BIG RED DOG. Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. Dan is responsible for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients, overseeing the performance of our traffic and transportation engineering design staff, steering our marketing strategy, and spearheading our community outreach and volunteer efforts. Dan’s professional experience and expertise focuses on Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) studies, highway, freeway and arterial operations analysis, signal coordination and synchronization, traffic signal design, travel demand forecasting, and pedestrian and bicycle facility design.