|Take motorcycle safety classes at Owens|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:38|
Area motorcycle enthusiasts interested in enhancing their knowledge about safe driving are invited to enroll in upcoming Motorcycle Safety Training classes offered through Owens Community College's Workforce and Community Services. The classes will go through October.
The training is the only basic motorcycle-rider course offered in Wood County and is one of only 21 permanent training locations in Ohio. Owens' motorcycle safety training is a three-day course, which occurs on Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
Motorcycle Ohio is regarded as the premier motorcycle safety and education program in the state, having enhanced the riding skills of over 115,000 motorcyclists since its founding in 1987. The organization has 21 permanent training locations throughout Ohio and one mobile program, as well as a fleet of 450 training motorcycles, helmets and 250 instructors.
Motorcycle Ohio's Basic Rider Course or "Riding and Street Skills" was first made available to the public in 1988, while the Experienced Rider Course was added in 1992. An Instructor Preparation Course is available for experienced motorcyclists interested in becoming a Motorcycle Ohio instructor.
The Basic Rider Course requires 16 hours of educational learning. Four hours will occur within a classroom at the Center for Emergency Preparedness. Topics will include introduction to motorcycling, preparing to ride and street strategies. The final 12 hours will be held as part of practice riding sessions at Owens' defensive driving pad adjacent to the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center. The practice riding sessions will feature educational training within the areas of motorcycle familiarization, limited-space maneuvers, using the friction zone, negotiating curves, obstacles and lane changes, avoiding hazards and matching gears to speed, among other topics.
Attendees will be provided with motorcycles, helmets and a workbook. Individuals must show proof of a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license or a valid temporary motorcycle permit.
The cost of the class is $50. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For more information, call (567) 661-7357 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 7357. Register online at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.
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