With its training area newly resurfaced and lines repainted, motorcycle safety instruction is happening once again at Training Area 209A, also known as the Motorcycle Safety Course.
Online registration is now open for Soldiers wanting to take the Basic Rider and Basic Rider II courses, according to Ashley Shetland, a safety occupational health specialist with the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office.
“People are already signing up,” she said.
The courses are open to service members on Fort Leonard Wood and registration can be completed online through the U.S. Army Installation Management Command registration system at https://federation.eams.army.mil/pool/sso/authenticate/l/2?m=GET&r=t&u=https%3A%2F%2Fimc.army.mil%2Fairs%2Fdefault.aspx.
The Experienced Rider Course, Military Sportbike Course and Motorcycle Refresher Training are also scheduled to resume in the coming weeks.
“We’re going to pack as many courses as we can physically get in, time-wise, just to get everyone back up to where they need to be,” said Tami Grider, Army Safety Traffic Program lead instructor.
Shetland said the available courses for September have a limited number of spaces.
“It’s done on a first-come, first-served basis,” she said. “There are only six slots available for each Basic Rider and Basic Rider II course. There is such a need for it, we wanted to make sure people have an opportunity to sign up.”
There are options even if a course is filled, however. Shelton said instructors will accept same-day registrations if slots open up at the last minute.
“We are taking walk-ons,” she said. “They can always come out to the range when the class begins and see if there are any no-shows.”
Safety Office personnel are still planning October course schedules as they assess the demand. Grider, who teaches all classes, said the program will temporarily bring in another instructor from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to assist with the Sportbike Course.
“Because we only offer that once per month, with two instructors we can accommodate 12 students at a time instead of just six,” she said.
The Motorcycle Safety Course closed in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began. During the break, the Safety Office and other USAG organizations teamed to push through a needed resurfacing project.
For more information about the program, contact Shetland at 573.596.0116 or by email at email@example.com.