Published Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:06 pm
Classes offer motorcycle street smarts

The new year marks the start of a new motorcycle seminar series hosted by the Sarpy County Safety Program.

The “Motorcycling Is Fun” series, which will run throughout the year, is free and open to the public.

Bob Lake, lead instructor for the program’s motorcycle training classes, decided to start the series to give the public more information on motorcycle riding for riders and co-riders, said Pam Marek, Sarpy County Safety Program coordinator.

“It makes people better motorcycle riders,” Marek said.

While intended for those who have done some motorcycle riding, the classes are open to those who are considering riding, too.

“It gives more information and helps them enhance their skills,” she said. “We certainly don’t discourage people who have not been riding to sit in.”

In addition to offering the seminar series, the Sarpy County Safety Program also offers motorcycle training classes, and four- and eight-hour ticket dismissal courses.

The motorcycle training classes cost a fee and are more hands-on, Marek said. If the training classes are passed, attendees receive a completion card they can take to the DMV to receive an endorsement on their license.

Seminars will be held monthly at the Sarpy County Law Enforcement Facility, 1208 Golden Gate Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Since classroom space for the seminar series is limited, those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by calling 402-593-1564. Registration can be completed up to the day of the seminar.

More information can be found at sarpy.com/sheriff/safetyprogram.

“This is the beginning of the series,” Marek said. “Hopefully there will be a lot of interest so we can keep it up.”

The seminar topics are:

• Today, Wednesday — Motorist Awareness. This has a focus on different road users, including motorcyclists.

• Feb. 19 — Seasoned Rider. Focus: As we age, our bodies and ability to react to situations change.

• March 19 — Co-rider I or II. Focus: The co-rider is more than just a passenger.

• April 16 — Group Riding. Focus: Tips for riding in a group.

• May 21 — Motorcycle Crash Scene Management. Focus: What to do if you arrive on a crash scene before EMS gets there.

• June 18 — Street Smart — Rider Perception. Focus: Are you seeing and recognizing all you should?

• July 16 — Going, Going, Gone and Trailering. Focus: Trip planning and packing the trailer.

• Aug. 20 — Riding Straight. Focus: Effects of drinking and riding.

• Sept. 17 — Motorist Awareness. Focus: Cars and motorcycles can co-exist.

• Oct. 15 — Intersections and Share the Road. Focus: Where are the risks?

Topics for the Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 sessions have not been decided.

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