FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – August is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Motorcycle Mentorship Program held a Confidence Course and Show & Shine event Aug. 20.
“We mentor riders and teach the courses,” said Beth Smith, director, Safety Office, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE). “The course is meant to be ridden at a slow speed.”
The event started early morning. Riders register and take the extra time to practice.
“Our big focus is getting riders to understand the repercussions if they don’t ride safe,” said Joshua Polk, deputy director, USAICoE Safety Office. “Our second focus is show them how to ride safe.”
The ‘slow course’ is a series set up to enhance safety riding skills.
Riders get certificates of achievement and points awarded from the mentorship program for each challenge.
“We want riders to build confidence and develop riding skills,” Polk said.
Bright red cones in two parallel lanes create a hairpin turn at each end. A wide, sweeping turn and a rider will miss the hairpin turn to the next lane.
“A lot of the courses take a few attempts,” said Capt. Alyssa Walker, Alpha Company, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion.
Walker navigates her motorcycle in circles keeping within a boundary drawn in chalk while a Lenny Kravitz ballad plays over the speaker.
“This is a good event for riders to get together and enjoy nice weather, music and food,” said Walker.
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