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Continuing Education offering 2 new motorcycle rider safety courses

WKU Continuing Education is offering two new motorcycle rider safety courses: one Labor Day weekend and a course for women motorcycle riders.

The Labor Day weekend course will take place Friday, Aug. 31; Saturday, Sept. 1; and Monday, Sept. 3. “We get a lot of requests from students for a course that works around their Sunday schedule,” said Sharon Woodward, WKU Continuing Education program director. “This is the first time we’ve offered a Friday/Saturday/Monday course, and we are happy to be able to accommodate our students.”

A course geared toward women motorcycle riders will be offered Sept. 21-Sept. 23. According to Woodward, many women need to take a motorcycle rider safety course but are intimidated by the thought of taking a class that’s mainly men. “There are many women who enjoy riding motorcycles,” Woodward said. “We hope that this special course will encourage women to enroll.”

Both are a BasicRider Course for motorcycle riders ages 16 or over, including beginners and experienced riders. Courses include classroom and practical instruction taught by experienced rider coaches who are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Students learn fundamental riding skills, motorcycle safety, emergency braking and the different types of motorcycles, their controls and how they operate. Students also learn how to create their own strategy for riding in traffic and dealing with critical situations. Kentucky residents who successfully complete the course receive a license waiver for the skill test to obtain their motorcycle license. Motorcycles and helmets are provided. The fee for each course is $100 for Kentucky residents and $150 for non-Kentucky residents.

Many insurance companies offer discounts to riders who have completed these courses. For additional information on course fees, schedules and more, visit www.wku.edu/ce or call WKU Continuing Education at (270) 745-1912.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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