Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Foun­da­tion con­ducts free rider cour­ses at LCC

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By ALANA FOLEN

In ob­ser­vance of Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Month in Hawaii, Lee­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege of­fers free Ex­pe­ri­enced Rider Cour­ses ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day through June 13.

In­structed by Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Foun­da­tion cer­ti­fied rider coaches, the cour­ses are de­signed to ed­u­cate the pub­lic to be mind­ful of all road­way users as the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion launches its statewide ra­dio cam­paign to “Share the Road.”

“Our pur­pose for of­fer­ing this course tu­ition-free is to en­cour­age as many rid­ers as pos­si­ble to have an op­por­tu­nity to sharpen their skills in a safe, high-chal­lenge, low-stress en­vi­ron­ment,” said LCC safety and in­dus­try pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Bill Labby.

Af­ter a class­room tu­to­rial, rid­ers will per­form ex­er­cises in pos­ture, head turns, swerves, press­ing and lean­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle to keep a good cen­ter of bal­ance, among many other skills. Ev­ery­one is re­quired to wear a hel­met, long pants, longsleeved shirt and over-the-an­kle, hard-sole shoes.

“This is a five-to six-hour course that is con­ducted solely on the mo­tor­cy­cle skills range,” said Labby, adding that the course qual- ifies all grad­u­ates for in­surance pre­mium dis­counts with cer­tain mo­tor­cy­cle in­sur­ers.

Par­tic­i­pants must al­ready be li­censed rid­ers and pos­sess ba­sic rid­ing skills. They also must have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the col­lege’s free Ba­sic Rider Course (call 455-0479) and have their own reg­is­tered mo­tor­cy­cle or mo­tor scooter.

Cour­ses run from 1 to 5 p. m this Satur­day and Sun­day, and from 7 a.m. to noon May 29, 30, June 5, 6, 12 and 13. Space is avail­able on a first-come, first-served ba­sis.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.lcc.hawaii.edu/ocewd or call 455-0477.

Of­fi­cials from the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, Lee­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona (stand­ing, third from right) kicked off Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Aware­ness Month May 10 at LCC, where a free rider cour­ses are be­ing of­fered to ex­pe­ri­enced mo­tor­cy­clists now through June 13 in an ef­fort to en­cour­age all com­muters to ‘Share the Road.’ Photo from Tammy Mori.

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