Area motorcycle enthusiasts interested in enhancing their knowledge about safe driving are invited to enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Training class being offered weekly through October Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services.
The Motorcycle Safety Training program is the only basic motorcycle-rider course offered in Wood County and is one of only 20 permanent training locations in Ohio.
Owens’ motorcycle safety training is a three-day course, which occurs on Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
“Owens Community College is proud to once again partner with Motorcycle Ohio and offer an educational program that can play a significant role in saving lives,” said Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens account representative for Workforce and Community Services. “Statistics show that motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of being severely injured or killed in a collision. I encourage area motorcycle drivers, whether a new or experienced rider, to take advantage of the invaluable training services during the coming months.”
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 20 permanent training locations throughout Ohio and one mobile program, as well as a fleet of 450 training motorcycles, helmets and
over 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 Motorcycle Safety Training program requires 16 hours of coursework. Four hours will occur within a classroom at the College’s Workforce and Community Services building in Northwood. Classroom 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’ 250 feet by 500 feet defensive driving pad adjacent to the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center in Perrysburg Township. 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 student workbook. Individuals must show proof of a Motorcycle Endorsement on their driver’s license or a valid Temporary Motorcycle permit in order to participate in the course.
In its first two years at Owens, the Motorcycle Safety Training program trained over 800 individuals during the spring, summer and fall months.
The cost to participate in the program is only $25. Individuals under 18 years of age can enroll for free. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For more information, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.