PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services is expanding its Motorcycle Safety Training class offerings and partnership with Motorcycle Ohio by announcing the addition of a new Experienced Rider Course. The first class will take place on Saturday, May 14.
The College’s new Experienced Rider Course will require six hours of experiential riding at Owens’ 250 feet by 500 feet defensive driving pad adjacent to the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center in Perrysburg Township. Each class will occur from 2-8 p.m. on the Toledo-area Campus. Other dates in which the new class is scheduled during months May through September are July 23 and Sept. 17.
“Owens Community College is excited to expand its partnership with Motorcycle Ohio and offer a new Experience Rider Course to complement the already highly successful Basic Rider Course,” said Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens Continuing Education and Community Service Account Representative and Motorcycle Safety Training Coordinator. “In its first four years at Owens, the Motorcycle Safety Training class has trained over 1,700 individuals during the spring, summer and fall months and we expect that total to grow with the addition of the new educational course.”
Hogrefe added, “Motorcycle rider training experience reduces accident involvement. We do not want individuals to become a motorcycle fatality statistic.”
The Experienced Rider Course is designed to provide an experienced/endorsed rider with knowledge and skills to improve control and minimize risks while riding with a passenger. Additionally, class attendees will learn how their motorcycle handles in basic and crash-avoidance maneuvers. Topics and range exercises will also include control at low speed, stropping quickly, cornering finesse, multiple curves, limited-space maneuvers, control-skills practice and hazard avoidance, among others.
In addition to the new Experienced Rider Course, Owens offers a 16-hour Basic Rider Course. The three-day course occurs on Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays during the months March through October. Four hours take place within a classroom at the College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee and highlight the introduction to motorcycling, preparing to ride and street strategies. The final 12 hours are held as part of practice riding sessions at Owens’ defensive driving pad.
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.
Similar to the College’s Basic Rider Course, 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.
The cost to participate in the class is only $25, while individuals under 18 years of age can enroll for free. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For additional information, contact the College’s Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357. Individuals can register online at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov ( http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/ )by clicking on the Wood County icon.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.