(WFXR) — Seeing as May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Virginia State Police will start offering their “Ride 2 Save Lives” motorcycle self-assessment courses around Virginia — including Salem and Lynchburg — in the next few weeks.
According to police, these free motorcycle self-assessment courses allow people to learn and practice rider safety.
In addition, the courses — which are conducted by Virginia State Police Motor Troopers — teach riders how to handle hazards, special situations, interstate highways, curve negotiation, and more.
“The sun is out and the beautiful weather is calling Virginia’s motorcycling community to our highways,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police. “Rider safety is of the utmost importance, as riding a motorcycle is a unique experience with its own unique safety concerns. I encourage all Virginia riders to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our professional motors troopers.”
Virginia State Police say the courses will be held in four locations across the Commonwealth during the month of May.
However, participants are required to have a valid operator’s license with a Class ‘M’ endorsement, appropriate riding attire, a DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, and a street legal motorcycle.
- Salem: 8 a.m. on May 15 at the Salem Red Sox Stadium
- Lynchburg: 8:30 a.m. on May 15 at Central Virginia Community College
- Yorktown: 8:30 a.m. on May 22 at Waters Edge Church
- Midlothian: 9 a.m. on May 22 at Steel Horse Harley Davidson
In addition to the four courses being held in May, police say courses will held throughout the summer and into the fall. However, advanced registration is required for these free courses, so follow this link to sign up for one of those limited spots at one of the upcoming Ride 2 Save Lives courses.