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      Owens Community College offers required motorcycle safety training

      The cost to participate in the class is only $50. Space is limited to 12 riders per class.

      Owens Community College??s Workforce and Community Services will have motorcycle safety training classes until October. The college offers the only basic motorcycle-rider course in Wood County and is one of only 21 permanent training locations in Ohio. Owens?? motorcycle safety training is three days on Thursday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. The organization has 21 permanent training locations throughout Ohio and one mobile program, as well as a fleet of 450 training motorcycles, helmets and more than 250 instructors. Any experienced motorcyclists interested in becoming a motorcycle Ohio instructor can get an instructor preparation course.

      The basic rider course requires 16 hours of educational learning, four of them in a classroom at the Center for Emergency Preparedness, Perrysburg Township. The practice riding sessions will feature educational training within the areas of motorcycle familiarization, limited-space maneuvers, using the friction zone, negotiating curves, obstacles and lane changes, avoiding hazards and matching gears to speed.

      Attendees will be provided with motorcycles, helmets and a student workbook. Individuals must show proof of a Motorcycle Endorsement on their driver??s license or a valid Temporary Motorcycle permit in order to participate. The cost to participate in the class is only $50. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For additional information, contact the College??s Workforce and Community Services at (567) 661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357. Individuals can register online.