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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wolf Administration Encourages Motorcyclists to Attend Free Safety Event

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration announced today that motorcyclists from throughout the commonwealth are invited to attend the free Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day at the Farm Show Complex on Cameron Street on Saturday, July 8 from 1 – 5 PM to help spread awareness of the importance of motorcycle safety to riders and motorists alike.

“Riders are a particularly close-knit community, and bringing the message directly to them that safety can save lives – especially with a potentially high-risk activity like motorcycling – is a challenge we gladly accept,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The safety of all motorists on our commonwealth’s roadways is of the utmost importance as temperatures and traffic volumes rise with the onset of summer.”

The first of its kind, the Live Free Ride Alive Safety Day features an afternoon of activities designed to challenge riders’ skills on and off the motorcycle with a focus on safety.

Riders will be invited to test their motorcycle operating skills through four challenges. The “Curves Ahead” challenge tests a rider’s ability to safely negotiate a series of curves while maintaining proper balance and control of their motorcycle. The “Skills Challenge Course” is a compilation of maneuvers from the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program’s (PAMSP) Basic Rider and Basic Rider Course 2 requiring a combination of skills to complete. The last person to cross the finish line wins the “Slow Race,” a test of balance and control of a motorcycle at slow speeds. Rounding out the challenges is the “T-CLOCS Challenge,” testing a rider’s ability to spot a problem with their motorcycle before taking to the roadways. The acronym represents the elements of a pre-ride inspection – (T)ires and wheels, (C)ontrols, (L)ights and mirrors, (O)il and other fluids, (C)hasis and (S)tand.

For riders and riding enthusiasts not interested in head-to-head competition, personnel from the PAMSP will present a series of motorcycle safety seminars and local merchants will echo the safety theme with mini education clinics. The Pennsylvania State Police and PAMSP will provide riding and braking demonstrations, as well as a demonstration of the capabilities of one of PAMSP’s valued training tools – the SKIDBIKE™.

“Sharing the road safely, staying aware while driving or riding, obeying speed limits and being responsible will help keep motorcycle fatalities and injuries as low as possible, said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Taking a training course under the watchful eye of a trained instructor also goes a long way in mitigating the likelihood of a crash.”

The PAMSP offers Pennsylvania residents with a motorcycle permit the opportunity to earn a motorcycle license or refresh their skills through the 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC). It also offers a variety of training to help develop safe riding skills for all motorcyclists, no matter how experienced or inexperienced the rider. The courses include: the 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC); the six-hour Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2); the eight-hour Advanced Rider Course (ARC); and the 12-hour, 3 Wheel Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC). All courses are offered free of charge to Pennsylvania residents with a valid motorcycle permit or license as required.

For more information or to enroll in a course, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533 Monday through Friday, between noon and 4 p.m. Potential riders looking for a convenient way to prepare for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting www.pa.gov and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test, or by using the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). A copy of the Motorcycle Operators Manual can be downloaded for free at www.dmv.pa.gov.

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