Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Grant Provides Free Motorcycle Safety Training, Three-Wheel Course at OSU-OKC

Oklahomans will now have the opportunity to receive free motorcycle and three-wheel vehicle training at OSU-Oklahoma City’s Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness (CSEP) through a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. The Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course will be the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.


In 2011, the Motorcycle Industry Council reported that three-wheel vehicle sales increased across the nation despite there not being a three-wheel course offered in Oklahoma. In response to the rising demand, CSEP is purchasing a three-wheel vehicle and certifying three instructors to teach the Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course.


The course will be offered beginning in April 2013 at no cost to the rider. Upon successful completion, the rider will earn a certificate that waives the riding portion of the Oklahoma “M” driver’s license endorsement test.


The grant will also make it possible for CSEP to offer six Ready to Ride courses. The eight-hour courses will be offered at no charge to participants as long as they use their own motorcycles.


The Ready to Ride curriculum emphasizes overall control, emergency braking, swerving and avoidance techniques, counter steering, road speed cornering, and highway response. Another aspect of this course is it offers riders who ride with a passenger the opportunity to train together so they can experience the dynamics of riding “two-up.”


“The Ready to Ride course was designed to provide training as if on a highway, while enjoying the safety of an enclosed, secure track,” said RuthAnn Baugh, OSU-OKC CSEP Director. “We highly recommend they have completed either the Beginning Rider Course or Experienced Rider Course before participating, and they must have an ‘M’ endorsement.”


CSEP will host its second annual “Spring Tune Up – Are You Ready to Ride” event Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the CSEP facility, 3501 W. Reno in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in conjunction with Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Share the Road Campaign. The event allows for one to two hours of riding practice to hone riding skills prior to the new riding season.


“All of our offerings are wonderful opportunities for riders to enjoy a “Safe Adventure” and incorporate life-long learning prior to hitting the roads next season,” Baugh says.


For more information on any of these events our courses, visit www.osuokc.edu/csep.

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