Installation motorcycle safety courses to start March 30
Riders line up to perform acceleration and braking drills during a Military Sportbike Course Sept. 28 at the Motorcycle Safety Course by the U.S. Army Garrison Safety Office. Motorcycle training courses are mandatory for service members to operate motorcycles on Fort Leonard Wood. Online registration is available for service members through the U.S. Army Installation Management Command registration system. Call 573.596.0116 or email ashley.c.shetland.civ@mail.mil for more information.
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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office will offer a new round of Motorcycle Safety Courses beginning March 30.

According to Ashley Shetland, a safety and occupational health specialist at the garrison safety office, Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved courses are mandatory for service members to operate motorcycles on and off Fort Leonard Wood, starting with the Basic Rider Course.

Follow-up courses, such as the Experienced Rider Course, Military Sportbike Course and Motorcycle Refresher Training are also required as riders gain experience, Shetland said, adding riders who completed training five or more years ago are required to take Motorcycle Sustainment Training.

Department of the Army civilian employees who operate motorcycles in the performance of their duties must also meet the training requirements, she added.

All courses are held at Training Area 209A, commonly known as the Motorcycle Safety Course.

The courses are part of the Army Traffic Safety Program and its ongoing effort to prevent unnecessary accidents, injuries and fatalities.

“The sun is shining; the birds are singing; and the open road is calling your name,” Shetland said. “You’ve been waiting all winter to get your motorcycle out for the first ride of the year and the time has finally come. But wait: are you Army ready to ride? There is a lot to know and remember when it comes to safely operating a motorcycle.”

Online registration is available for service members through the U.S. Army Installation Management Command registration system. Call 573.596.0016 or email ashley.c.shetland.civ@mail.mil for more information.

Read the article at https://www.army.mil/article/244074 for a 15-point checklist on preparing motorcycles for a safe season after a long, winter break in storage.