RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — To kick off the motorcycle riding season, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering training for motorcyclists of all levels.

Rider Training Program courses are taught by certified motorcycle safety instructors. The DMV says courses provide the opportunity to learn new techniques and practice skills in a controlled, safe environment.

Last year in Virginia, DMV officials say there were 2,048 crashes involving motorcycles resulting in 102 motorcyclist deaths and 1,682 motorcyclist injuries — 737 of which were serious injuries. 

“Protecting yourself for the ride ahead — with the right gear and the right training — is the best way to make sure you get home safely,” said the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative and acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford. “Motorists need to look out for motorcyclists, but motorcyclists must also look out for themselves. Safety is a shared responsibility, one we all value and must take seriously.”

The DMV says classes are offered at community colleges and other locations throughout the state.

Locally, the courses are taught at the following locations:

Danville

  • Danville Community College
    • Classes offered for two and three-wheeled motorcycles

Lynchburg

  • Central Virginia Community College
    • Classes offered for two and three-wheeled motorcycles

Martinsville

  • Patrick Henry Community College

Roanoke

  • Virginia Western Community College
    • Classes offered for two and three-wheeled motorcycles

For more information about the Virginia Rider Training Program, visit the DMV’s website.