Motorbike riders in and around Hamilton can take to the track for training sessions subsidised by NZ Transport Agency and Hamilton City, Waikato and Waipa District Councils.
Mihi Bennett-Smith, Hamilton City Council Road Safety Coordinator, says the courses are designed to reflect that at some point a rider (through someone else's fault or their own) will find themselves in a situation where they need to immediately demonstrate the skills needed to stay upright.
"These skills are much more than simply riding the bike. Managing risk and avoiding crashes depends on your thinking and riding skills, so the more skills you have, the better rider you'll be and the more fun you will have," Ms Bennett-Smith says.
Four safety training days will be held at the Hamilton Kart Club track, opposite Hamilton Airport, to improve the skills of riders of all levels and experience, from people taking up a new hobby to those who have been riding for years.
Courses for novice, intermediate and returning riders are held on 16 September and 18 November 2017, while courses for experienced riders will be on 17 September and 19 November 2017. All courses run from 9am to 4pm, and are for licenced riders only.
The courses have a mixture of theory and practical sessions in a closed road setting and aim to increase the confidence levels of riders and cover cornering, braking, bike maintenance and slow speed manoeuvres.
The training is being delivered as part of the NZ Transport Agency Safer Journeys road safety strategy. The subsidised cost is $50 per day and places are strictly limited, with bookings essential.
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