Defensive Cycling (Ticket Dismissal): Houston, TX

17 modules


Allan Dunlop

31 May 2017



 For tickets issued in Houston, TX and Waller County, TX.  

> Dismiss your cycling traffic ticket and have your fine waived.

> Increase your comfort in traffic.

> Learn the laws, including your rights.

> Get more accommodation from drivers.

Whether you are new to cycling, or an experienced rider, you will take away valuable techniques for increasing your comfort and competence in traffic. Through the training, you will learn the laws that apply to you, helping you avoid a ticket in the future.

This course is offered in conjunction with BikeHouston, the Houston Municipal Courts and the Waller County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1).

  • Cost: $35
  • Duration: Approximately 2 hours
  • Access period: 6 months

Here's how you can take part in this 'citation dismissal' option

  1. Request the Defensive Cycling option through the Court, and submit payment of the court fee and any other associated charges.
  2. Sign up here for the online course using the blue 'Add to Cart' button.
  3. Complete the course with a passing grade. Your certification will be prepared and emailed directly to the Court. You will be copied on this message.

For more details on the Houston program and for contact information for the Houston Municipal Courts, visit our webpage at (Opens in a new window.)

* Navigating through the course (DC-Houston)
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* Introduction (DC-Houston)
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* How people behave in traffic (DC-Houston)
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* Cycling crashes and collisions (DC-Houston)
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* What laws apply to me? (DC-Houston)
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* Bike handling skills (DC-Houston)
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* Being an MVP-C (DC-Houston)
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* Scanning and signaling (DC-Houston)
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* Choosing your lane position (DC-Houston)
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* Approaching intersections (DC-Houston)
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* Stop signs and 4-way stops (DC-Houston)
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* Special situations (DC-Houston)
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* Equipment (DC-Houston)
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* Parking your bike (DC-Houston)
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* Summary (DC-Houston)
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Added over 2 years ago, by Marvin
Excellent course. I was puzzled at first when the voice finished before the bar went all the way to the right (I though my sound had gone off). I'm a little bit nervous about controlling the lane but I'll try it (Houston drivers are not the most bike friendly.
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Terms & Conditions

By accessing content on our website or in the online courses, you agree to the terms & conditions set forth below.

  • Hardware & software requirements
  • Online course access
  • This is not legal advice
  • Limitation of liability
  • Ticket dismissal course – important information


Hardware & software requirements

  • The course requires the use of a pointing device such as a mouse.
  • As you may listen to narration of the main content (optional) and in the videos (required), it is necessary that your computer system be equipped with speakers.
  • Following are the minimum requirements for viewing the online course content:



 2 GHz processor or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)


 2 GB minimum

Available Disk Space: 

 1 GB minimum


 1,280 x 800 screen resolution or higher




Operating System:

 Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
 Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
 Windows 7 SP1 or later (32-bit or 64-bit)
 Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later with Parallels Desktop 7+ or VMware Fusion 4+

Adobe Flash Player: 

 Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or later


Browsers & Mobile Apps


 Windows: Internet Explorer 10 or later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
 Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
 Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 8 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 8 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.1 or later


 Windows: Internet Explorer 8 or later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
 Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

Mobile Player:

 Articulate Mobile Player in Apple iOS 8 or later on iPad
 Articulate Mobile Player in Android OS 4.1 or later (optimized for tablets)



Screen Reader:

 HTML5: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 10 or later, Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
 Flash: JAWS 16 or later with Internet Explorer 11

Section 508 Accessibility:

 Complies with applicable requirements

WCAG 2.0 Accessibility:

 Complies with applicable requirements


Online course access

  • From the time you purchase the course, you have full access to the material for 6 months. After completing the course, you may come back any time within your access period to review the content.
  • The course will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This availability may be affected by circumstances such as, but not limited to, system, site or connectivity failure over which the course provider has no control.


This is not legal advice

  • The content on this site and within online courses is for informational purposes only, and is not to be considered legal advice. The information contained within applies to general principles of law, and might not reflect the latest legal developments or changes to statutes. If you are involved in any legal proceedings related to cycling, seek the advice of legal counsel.


Limitation of liability

  • By accessing the information on the site or any course content, you understand, agree, warrant and covenant as follows: I hereby make known that I will hold blameless in the case of accident, injury, or damage of any kind, the Center for Cycling Education, its officers and volunteers, as well as any individual or agency associated with content development or delivery. I recognize that bicycling, like all forms of travel on public roads and streets, is potentially dangerous, and I apply any of the information contained in the course at my own risk.
  • By enrolling in a course, the participant acknowledges and agree to the following:
    • The liability of the course provider, its employees and agents for any act, omission to act, or negligence on the part of the course provider and their agents and employees, is strictly limited to and shall not exceed the amount of the registration fee actually paid by the participant.
    • The participant represents and warrants that the user information and registration information provided by the participant is true and correct. The participant further acknowledges and agrees that any willful or intentional misrepresentation by the participant regarding such user information or registration information constitutes a breach of this agreement.


Ticket dismissal course – important information

  • In order for a certificate to be issued, you must provide a Court case (’cause’) number.
    • Austin: ‘8’ + 6-digit number— e.g., 8XXXXXX
    • Houston: 4-digit year + ‘TR’ + 7-digit number — e.g., 2017TRXXXXXXX
    • San Marcos: 4-digit year + 6-digit number — e.g., 2017XXXXXX
    • Travis County: ‘J5-CR’ (‘Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5′) + 2-digit year + 6-digit number — e.g., J5-CR-17XXXXXX
    • Waller County: ‘T’ + two-digit year + 4-digit number + JP1 — e.g., T17-XXXX-JP1
  • Without this number, a certificate will not be issued. A traffic citation/ticket number cannot be accepted. We cannot be responsible for any delay in submission of your Certificate of Completion if the necessary information is not provided.
  • It is your responsibility to successfully complete the course (with a score of 80% or greater) in advance of your certificate submission deadline:
    • No later than 7 days before the deadline for Austin or Houston.
    • No later than 14 days before the deadline for Travis County or San Marcos. See below for details.
  • All content in the course must be viewed in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Any attempts to bypass content and access the quiz(zes) directly will result in an incomplete grade. The Center for Cycling Education may then, at its sole discretion, either offer an opportunity to reattempt the course or else issue a refund less a $15 administrative fee.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be prepared and delivered:
    • Austin, Houston and Waller County, TX: Sent by email directly to the Court. You will be copied on this email.
    • Travis County & San Marcos, TX: Paper certificate mailed to you, which you must mail or take in to the Court.
  • Once the certificate is processed, the fine will be waived and the ticket dismissed.
  • You have full access to this course for six months from the date of purchase. This is independent of the Court deadline.
  • Completing the course after the completion / certificate submission deadline is not cause for a refund.

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