Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski
w: 207-626-8404/ c: 207-441-7638

Scholarships for Experienced Rider Course to be available again Sept. 12-13

AUGUSTA ? Motorcyclists throughout the state will have another opportunity to improve their riding skills for free next weekend, thanks to a federal grant administered through the Maine Secretary of State?s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in cooperation with the Bureau of Highway Safety.

The federal 2015 Motorcycle Experienced Rider Training Course Sponsorship provides $20,000 for rider education. The initial scholarship event was held Aug. 22-23, but money is still available, so a second scholarship weekend has been scheduled for Sept. 12-13.

The Experienced Rider Education Course is for licensed riders who have their own motorcycle and want to improve their skills, to be safer and more confident on the road. It features nine different exercises, including collision avoidance, slow speed maneuvering, maximum braking and cornering exercises. 

?Even those who have been riding for years will learn new skills in this course and gain a higher level of confidence with operating their motorcycle,? said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. ?With the growing prevalence of distracted driving, it?s become increasingly important for motorcyclists to improve their collision-avoidance skills, and there?s no better way to hone those skills than on the range with professionally trained RiderCoaches.?

To sign up for a scholarship spot in the Experienced Rider Education Course, contact a motorcycle education school near you to see if they are participating in the grant program.