Pennsylvania's government is putting their money where their motorcycle safety mouth is and offering motorcyclists free skills courses. Up to 21 hours of structured training. My hat is doffed to the folks at PennDOT. “By practicing proper riding techniques and learning how to handle their motorcycles in all types of road and weather conditions, motorcyclists can further reduce their chances of being involved in a crash.” (Formatting added for emphasis) :!: Is anyone on the Draft national road safety strategy taking notice? :!: = = = = = = = = http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2011/02/penndot_urges_motorcyclists_to.html PennDOT urges motorcyclists to enroll in free safety courses Published: Monday, February 07, 2011, 12:02 PM Updated: Monday, February 07, 2011, 12:54 PM PennDOT is encouraging motorcyclists to enhance their driving skills with the 2011 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. The program offers courses for new and experienced riders at approximately 70 locations across the state. Courses are offered March through October. “Through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, we are committed to helping all riders improve their safety knowledge and operating skills,” acting PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch says in a news release. “By practicing proper riding techniques and learning how to handle their motorcycles in all types of road and weather conditions, motorcyclists can further reduce their chances of being involved in a crash.” New this year is a three-wheeled motorcycle basic rider course, offered in Lehigh, Butler and York counties. Officials say these motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular, and present unique safety concerns. A 15-hour basic rider course consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience. In this course, students are given a motorcycle and helmet, but must provide other protective gear. If that has been completed, it can be followed by a six-hour refresher course to practice on-road skills. Students in the second course must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear. Each rider in this course may carry a passenger while practicing balance and steering techniques. All of the courses are free to Pennsylvania residents who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. They are conducted on a riding range, under the management of certified rider coaches. For more information and to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.