Minnesota DPS: Following Deadly 2012, Motorcycle Rider Training Season Begins in April

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Minnesota DPS: Following Deadly 2012, Motorcycle Rider Training Season Begins in April

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 12:23 PM CDT

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Center is urging riders of all skill levels to take a training course, following a deadly year for motorcyclists.

According to a DPS news release issued Thursday:

In 2012, 53 riders were killed, a 26 percent increase from 2011. Motorcycle rider training is an affordable option that teaches crash-avoidance techniques and hones critical riding skills.

Motorcycle training information will be presented at the Donnie Smith Bike Show March 23–24 at the St. Paul River Centre. A complete course listing is available online at motorcyclesafety.org.

“After a deadly year, it’s up to both riders and drivers to reduce these tragedies,” says Bill Shaffer of the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center. “Riders must shoulder the responsibility for protecting themselves and the first step is to take a rider training course.”

Riders are encouraged to register for the MMSC rider training season online at motorcyclesafety.org. Courses run April through October and include the Basic Rider Course, the essential beginning rider course and the Civilian Police Motorcycle Course, where experienced riders can learn the same techniques used by police motor officers.

Courses are available at 30 campuses throughout Minnesota, including: Duluth, Grand Marais, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, St, Cloud and Twin Cities area.

Without proper training, new riders are more likely to be involved in a crash. Experienced riders also benefit from additional training to hone their crash-avoidance skills, including countersteering and emergency braking.

To promote rider training, MMSC is launching a “Ride Better. Ride Smarter. Ride Longer.” rider training campaign. The campaign aims to demonstrate the skills learned and honed through training which provide riders the means to be safer on the road.