Chance to brush up on motorcycle skills

With more than 6000 registered riders in the shire, Wollondilly Council wants to make sure everyone is as safe as can be.

That’s why the council has organised a motorcycle training course next month.

The council’s road safety officer Leanne Ledwidge said the course was aimed at improving safety.

“There certainly have been crashes involving motorcycles in the shire,” she said.

“This course goes along with the government’s ‘Towards Zero’ campaign, which aims to have zero lives lost on NSW roads.

“We want to help the Wollondilly community reach that goal.”

Ms Ledwidge said the course, run by Skill Master Motorcycle Services, also tied in with the current ‘Ride to Live’ campaign to improve rider awareness and safety.

The motorcycle classes are a pet project for Ms Ledwidge, who liaised with the Roads and Maritime Services to get the courses under way.

March 4 and 5 will see the second incarnation of the training course after its debut in November.

“We had a good response and some very positive feedback after the November course,” Ms Ledwidge said.

There are two courses over two days on offer from the council.

A novice course covering all the basics will be held on Saturday, March 4 and an intermediate course will be held on Sunday, March 5.

Ms Ledwidge said the courses would cover practical and theoretical skills.

“The instructor will go through a number of safety checks that riders might not even think of,” she said.

“Like checking the seat is in the right place – little things that every rider should be doing.”

Ms Ledwidge said the novice course would also cover one of the trickiest aspects of riding for beginners: stopping.

“Slowing down to stop and take off again while keeping the bike upright can be difficult for novices,” she said.

“It’s being able to have that confidence and get the flow going when riding so everyone feel safe.”

Ms Ledwidge said everyone, not matter how experienced at riding, could always brush up their skills.

The courses run 9.30am-4pm and cost $100 per day.

Ms Ledwidge said the courses were significantly more affordable than residents could find from a private instructors as they were subsidised by the council.

The training classes were designed to help residents of the shire but Ms Ledwidge said anyone who was interested could make a booking.

Bookings are essential: roadsafety@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au.

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