It’s springtime in Maryland, which means motorcyclists have already begun to take to the roads. On average, motorcycle crashes cause more than 70 fatalities and hundreds of injuries on our roads every year. Maryland now participates in BikeSafe, a worldwide safety initiative designed to protect riders and reduce crashes. BikeSafe Maryland provides education, assessments, and one-on-one mentoring for all motorcycle riders. Whether this is your first season of riding or your fiftieth, let BikeSafe help you get road ready.
The BikeSafe Approach
BikeSafe Maryland promotes safe riding by educating motorcyclists, covering:
- Motorcycle safety topics.
- Advanced riding techniques.
- Motorcycle control.
- Common collision causes.
- Other practical advice for safety and comfort.
In addition to classroom instruction, riders will have skills assessments by experienced motor officers. This partnership is vital for providing tailored feedback to each rider who attends the class.
What to Expect at Your BikeSafe Class
The class is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will include:
- Driving Skills Assessment
- Short Ride
- Professional Riding Techniques
The afternoon session will include:
- Motorcycle Control
- Long Ride
- Collision Causes
- Safety Topics
In order to participate, you will need a valid motorcycle endorsement or a learner’s permit. All permit restrictions (no passenger, for example) will also apply during the class.
You must also bring your own bike to the class, along with all required protective clothing, including:
- Long sleeved shirt and long pants
- Over-the-ankle foot protection
- Full-fingered gloves
- Eye protection
- Helmet that meets the D.O.T. safety standards
In addition to the above, bring your rain gear. Cancellations due to weather are rare, so come prepared for anything.
Sign Up For Classes Now
Improve your overall motorcycle safety skills and become BikeSafe! Classes are currently available at three locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area on Saturdays from June through September. Check out the current class calendar for sessions available near you.