Me and my friend Matt recently rode from Austin to Corpus Christi. We had a great time, ate a lot of Mexican food and rode many miles. This post has some details about our trip that someone else bikepacking through Texas might find useful.
tldr; Please, if you care about the safety of bike riders then stop harrasing people over helmets and encourage more people to ride bikes. That will actually make us all safer .
Safety is important when riding your bike. I've read countless Internet comments by experts on this topic and have compiled, for your convenience, a list of all the necessary safety precautions that one should take when operating a bicycle on roadways.
Keep in mind that your safety is entirely your responsibility. There's literally no way for someone to harm you in a way that is not your fault. Remember: You chose to ride a bicycle.