Warming Weather Means Bikers Returning to the Roads

Warming Weather Means Bikers Returning to the Roads

Posted by Ben Baker on Mar 18th 2016

It’s time to get those bikes out of the garage and get them ready to ride. Much of the nation has already experienced some riding weather and it’s just going to get better.

With the return of warmer weather come reminders to be safe out there.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has a searchable list of safety course across the nation Just plug in your zip code and you’ll find the places to get instruction. Some of these are run by for-profit organizations; some are run by charities and some by the licensing department in each state.

Is a safety course worthwhile? Experts in the industry say so. Discovery News lists 10 good reasons to take a safety course.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is pushing its Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) for riders of all experience levels. The website offers a quick check for a rider to see what his or her experience level is. The PAMSP site is divided into new, returning and experienced riders.

Live Free, Ride Alive is another Keystone state website that points to the rider to safety courses, including one for trike riders.

"As with any skill, it is important to practice and refine riding techniques from time to time. Riders of all skill levels can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety classes," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "The short amount of time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle."

Meaghan O’Neill writes, “The thrill of flying blind brings with it unnecessary and extreme recklessness. But venturing out, with the assurance gained only from being taught and observed by qualified instructors, will allow a new rider to enjoy more pleasures of the experience of riding.”