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 Beethamn Park, 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.
Day 1: Saturday 6 October or Saturday 10 November Beetham Park – Novice riders
Time: 9am – 4pm
This day is for: Learner licence and intermediate riders. All riders must have a motorcycle licence and provide their own bike
Day 2: Sunday 7 October or Sunday 11 November, Beetham Park – Experienced riders
Time: 9am – 4pm
This day is for: Experienced and returning riders. All riders must have a motorcycle licence and provide their own bike.
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.
To register go to roadsafe.co.nz, phone 0800 Be Roadsafe (0800 237 623) or email firstname.lastname@example.org