2009-03-21 / News

Motorcycle rider education registration now open

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Public Safety's Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program registration is now open. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at www.motorcycle.ohio. gov for one of the $25 courses scheduled throughout the state from April through October.

In 2008, Motorcycle Ohio trained more than 13,500 riders, surpassing the 2007 total of 12,000 students. More than 132,000 motorcycle riders have been trained since the program's inception in 1988. More information about Motorcycle Ohio and the courses, including statewide locations, is available online at the address listed above.

Beginner Rider Course

(BRC)

This 16-hour course is recommended for novice riders. The BRC also teaches tips and strategies for riders with intermediate skills. BRC students must have a motorcycle learner's permit or a motorcycle endorsement to take the class. Motorcycles and helmets are provided. Ohio law requires this class for 151.2 to17- year-old riders.

Beginner Rider Course-2

(BRC-2)

This 9-hour course is recommended for returning riders or those with prior cycling experience but no motorcycle endorsement. This course is offered at limited sites. BRC-2 students must have a motorcycle learner's permit or a motorcycle endorsement. Motorcycles and helmets are provided. By passing the BRC or BRC-2 course, students will receive a course completion card to add a motorcycle endorsement to their license without any further exam.

Experienced Rider Course

(ERC)

Primarily for advanced riders, students must have a motorcycle endorsement and have at least one year of cycling experience and/or 1,000 riding miles accrued. Riders taking the course must provide their own motorcycle, proof of insurance, safety gear, and must pass a motorcycle safety check.

Ride SMART: Sober. Motorcycle Licensed. Alert. Right Gear. Trained.

For more information call 1-800-83-RIDER (1-800-837- 4337).

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