Motorcycle Safety Foundation celebrates 40 years – 2 decades with MCC-Maple Woods

With the summer months approaching, more motorists will be turning to two-wheeled transportation to enjoy the weather and save on climbing gas prices. MCC-Maple Woods, in partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, has been offering motorcycle instruction on campus for two decades. Courses are designed to prepare motorists to operate their bikes safely and to help them decide whether or not purchasing a motorcycle is right for them.

To see what classes are available, visit the MCC-Maple Woods website at http://mcckc.edu/classes/commed/maplewoods/motorcycle.asp. Online registration is available anytime, or registration is available at the MCC-Maple Woods Community Education office from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Classes begin the weekend of March 23 and will continue until mid-October, with both weekend and weekday course options. In addition to the basic rider course (BRC) held in years past, the program will now offer an introductory motorcycle experience – an opportunity for anyone who may be uncomfortable with motorcycles to get a feel for them before committing to a BRC. Additionally, some BRC classes will be designated only for female or seniors to accommodate different needs and comfort levels.

Participants in the courses will learn proper riding techniques, including applicable laws, types of gear required, and safe operating procedures. All participants will be tested, and those who pass both the written and riding tests will earn a certificate that will replace the driving portion of the DMV’s test. Courses are all taught by Motorcycle Safety Foundation-trained Rider Coaches and range aides. MCC-Maple Woods has been working with the MSF, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, since 1983. The college holds the distinction of being the first permanent training site in the state of Missouri.  There are approximately 35 other training sites across the state.

For more information, contact Claudia Mekins, motorcycle safety program coordinator, at (816) 604-3474.