Gear up for summer—learn to ride a motorbike
If learning to ride a motorcycle is one of your goals for 2013, the Kelowna & District Safety Council’s open house info sessions might help you make that resolution come true.
The open houses take place on either Wednesday, Feb. 20, or Thursday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the safety council facility, 395 Hartman Rd. in Rutland
These open houses are free, but an RSVP is appreciated. People are encouraged to bring a friend, there will be no pressure to register and coffee and donuts will be provided.
Each open house will start with an informal presentation about the ICBC licensing process, tips for passing the motorcycle learner’s permit test (ICBC reports a 46 per cent failure rate), and an overview of KDSC’s popular Learn to Ride Program.
KDSC staff and instructors will be on hand to answer all your questions, and several training bikes will be set up so that people can sit on a few different styles of motorcycles and see how they feel.
“Learning to ride can be a big step, and it can even be a little intimidating if you don’t know what to expect,” said Tania Meyer, KDSC executive director.
“We started holding these open houses two years ago to give people the opportunity to take the guess-work out of the process and they’ve been really popular.
“Many people worry that they will be either too tall or too short for a motorcycle, or that they won’t feel comfortable in the gear, so this will be a great way for them to answer all of their concerns.
“It’ll also be great for those people who want more information about the program, but who aren’t able to contact us during regular office hours.”
Now in its 33rd year of operating one of BC’s largest and longest-running ICBC-approved and certified motorcycle training facilities in B.C., KDSC is unique in that it is a non-profit, community based organization and it offers training in Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton. Call 250-765-3163 or visit www.kdsc.bc.ca for more information.