2009-08-20 / Local & State

PennDOT Reminds Cyclists To Take Safety Courses

Riders have opportunity to learn, hone skills

PennDOT last week reminded motorcycle riders of all experience levels there is still time to take advantage of two free motorcycle safety courses offered through Pennsylvania's Motorcycle Safety Program. Classes are conducted annually from March through October.

"Through the Motorcycle Safety Program, we are committed to helping all riders improve their operating skills and safety knowledge," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "We offer these classes to build a sound, safe training basis for beginning motorcyclists and maintain safe operation among more experienced riders. By practicing proper riding techniques and learning how to handle their motorcycles in all types of road and weather conditions, motorcyclists can further reduce their chances of being involved in a crash."

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is a 15-hour course consisting of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience, under the watchful eyes of certified rider coaches. This comprehensive safety and skills overview provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills.

The six-hour Experienced Rider Course (ERC) provides skilled riders the chance to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. Riders taking the ERC are permitted to carry a passenger while practicing balance and steering techniques in a controlled environment under the guidance of certified rider coaches.

To enroll in the BRC or ERC, individuals must have either a Class M (motorcycle) learner's permit or license. Class M permit holders who successfully complete the BRC or the ERC will be issued a Class M (motorcycle) license. Motorcycles and helmets are provided to those taking the BRC; students taking the ERC must provide their own motorcycles and helmets.

Visit www.pamsp.com for more information on the Motorcycle Safety Program and to enroll in a course. Additional information about motorcycle safety as well as general information on licensing and registration is available at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

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