(WFXR) — With May serving as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Virginia State Police is gearing up to offer its “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses across the Commonwealth from now through October.

According to authorities, these free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow current riders the opportunities to learn and practice rider safety, as well as how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation, and more.

“The beautiful spring weather is calling the motorcycling community to Virginia’s highways and scenic byways,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police. “Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience with its own unique nuances, making rider safety extremely important. I encourage all Virginia riders to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn from our professional motorcycle troopers. They ride in all weather, all year and can help you better understand the intricacies of operating your bike safely.”

The courses will be conducted by Virginia State Police motor troopers in safe, controlled environments across the Commonwealth — including Salem, Lynchburg, and Wytheville — over the next few months.

A full calendar is included below, listing all 34 courses from April through October:

Virginia State Police say space is limited for these free courses, so you are required to register in advance.

In addition, all participants need to have a valid operator’s license with a Class ‘M’ endorsement, a street-legal motorcycle, appropriate riding attire, a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and eye protection.