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Motorcycle safety course dates for 2010

With high gas prices and warm weather on the horizon, more motorcyclists will soon be hitting the road. The number of miles traveled by motorcycles has steadily increased since 2003. In a continued effort to promote motorcycle safety, WKU will be hosting 17 Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses in 2010.

Successfully completing rider education and training gives motorcyclists the basic skills needed to ride safely. WKU’s Department of Continuing Education has a limited number of openings in two motorcycle rider training courses.

The Basic RiderCourse and the Experienced RiderCourse, offered through the Kentucky Motorcycle Program, are operated and maintained by the Traffic Safety Institute at Eastern Kentucky University and taught at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center on the WKU South Campus.

“The Basic RiderCourse is a fundamentals class for new or experienced riders who would like to enhance their riding skills,” according to Sharon Woodward, director of Continuing Education at WKU. “Outdoor range and classroom experiences introduce basic motorcycle operation to students and help them develop strategies to not only enjoy riding more, but to do it more safely.”

Participants must be 16 to enroll and must have written parental consent if under 18. Proper protective attire is required. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for instruction. Successful completion leads to license skill test waiver and a possible insurance discount.

“The Basic RiderCourse only takes 10 students at a time and fills up weeks in advance,” Woodward said.

All Basic RiderCourse classes meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Upcoming available dates for the BRC are April 9-11, April 23-25 and May 14-16.  The course fee is $125. The schedule for the year is posted on the Continuing Education website www.wku.edu/ce .

The Experienced RiderCourse is for the experienced rider who wants to refresh and practice street riding maneuvers.

“This course is intended to help the very experienced riders hone riding skills and develop finesse on their own bikes. The ERC also emphasizes strategies to reduce risks. The ability to skillfully handle various riding situations is developed throughout the course and reinforced by specially designed on-cycle maneuvers,” Woodward said.

The Experienced RiderCourse meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held on June 19 and Oct. 16. The fee for this course is $65.

For information, contact Continuing Education at (270) 745-1910 or cont.ed@wku.edu.

Continuing Education is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO)

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