Free motorcycle lessons are offered during the summer

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office has partnered with the Maryland State Police to offer the free Maryland MOTORS (Motor Officers Teaching Other Riders Safety) motorcycle training course for the third year.

Maryland MOTORS is open to all riders with a valid motorcycle license and insurance, and starts Saturday, May 18. The closest class is offered in Frederick, Maryland, at Harley-Davidson of Frederick, 5722 Urbana Pike.

Maryland MOTORS is a safety class for civilian motorcyclists, taught by police officers. The two-part training consists of a classroom portion and a road portion where the civilian riders are accompanied by motorcycle officers during an actual ride.

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During and after the ride, officers communicate with civilian riders about proper ways to stay safe, along with reviews of driving techniques intended to increase their safety.

“Offering this class can benefit riders of all levels, from new riders to those with years of experience. Continuing education is a critical part of maintaining defensive driving and adapting to road situations, especially for our vulnerable road users,” said Chrissy Nizer, Motor Vehicle Administrator and Highway Safety Representative to Governor Wes Moore. “Riders and drivers have a shared responsibility to ensure everyone gets home safely.”

In 2023, there were 81 motorcycle fatalities in Maryland. Motorcyclists are injured in almost three out of four accidents.

Classes are available from May through September and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in taking a class, visit https://zerodathsmd.gov/maryland-motors/.

A list of training centers where riders can ensure they have the skills and mental strategies for responsible motorcycling can be found at ZeroDeathsMD.gov/Motorcycle.