Motorcyclists can get free expert advice for safe and enjoyable riding during a class that the Holly Springs Police Department is holding on Friday, April 18.
The day-long course includes classroom discussion and also rides paired with specially-trained officers who will assess riders’ skills and offer tips for improvement.
The April 18 class at Holly Springs Town Hall is the first of five one-day classes that the Police Department is offering through early September as part of the BikeSafe NC program. Registration for the April 18 class ends April 16.
Sgt. Ray Tyndall said that even those who have been riding for many years can benefit greatly from such classes.
“What they know is what they learned simply by riding or what other riders have told them,” he said. “This program teaches items of safety that riders may not be aware of …”
Class participants learn how to safely negotiate curves, where more crashes occur than any other place on the road. They’re taught the importance of head checks when changing lanes and of mirror checks when slowing or stopping.
Classes teach skills for controlling the motorcycle, managing hazards, cornering, overtaking, etc. Legal requirements and proper clothing and equipment are covered. During the afternoon, participants are paired with an assessor for rides of 45 and 75 minutes.
Class organizers strive for a one-on-one ratio of assessors to participants. Classes are on Friday or Saturday, beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending before 5 p.m.
The Holly Springs Police Department has participated in the state’s BikeSafe program since 2008 and began offering classes last year. The department has four certified assessors. They join with motor officers from towns including Cary, Apex, Morrisville and Garner to hold BikeSafe classes such as the one on April 18 in Holly Springs.
An increase in motorcycle accidents in Wake County and statewide prompted the Police Department initiative to improve motorcyclists’ skills.
“We thought that if we could reach out to riders in Holly Springs we could help them ride safer and keep our numbers from rising also,” said Officer Alan Laws.