Starting this spring, SAIT will be offering two motorcycle safety courses, the first for the school, at the Aero Centre campus.
“They cover everything from the basics of riding a motorcycle, shifting gears, breaking, and slow speed manoeuvres to group riding,” said Seamus Toner, Health and Public Safety project co-ordinator at SAIT
Intro to Motorcycle Safety is a three-hour theory course and will cost $100 to take.
The Motorcycle Operation and Safety Training course will include the three hours of in-class work, which comprises Intro to Motorcycle Safety, as well as 16 hours of hands-on motorcycle training. It is $628.95 for the 19-hour program.
The new courses, to be offered through Continuing Education, stand apart from other similar courses offered in Calgary and Southern Alberta.
“It will be the largest obstruction free motorcycle training area in the city. No curbs, no trees, no light posts, just a nice wide open area to learn skills directly on a ride-able motorcycle,” said Toner.
The new programs are have been picking up speed and already have students registered for the spring.
“It’s spring and like any other spring or summer activity the momentum really happens prior to the spring.
“This is when people see the days are getting longer, the bug is there, so people are starting to think about different kinds of activities for the summer,” he said.
Toner, who rides a motorcycle, thought of the idea to create the program after taking a safety course through an independent school in the city.
“The course was good, but as a project co-ordinator, I immediately looked at this offering and thought, I know that we can do a better school here at SAIT.
“Being in Health and Public Safety, I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand our offerings,” said Toner.
He is excited for the program because “it’s like nothing else at this institution, it’s something different.”
Market research and analysis were also completed prior to the new programs being introduced.
“We determined that there was a demand. A lot of motorcycle programs were turning people away,” said Toner.
To be eligible for the program students must be over 18, have completed the written portion of their class 6 license, have a heavy denim or leather jacket, a DOT (Department of Transportation) certified helmet and ankle-high boots.
It will be the largest obstruction free motorcycle training area in the city. No curbs, no trees, no light posts, just a nice wide open area to learn skills directly on a ride-able motorcycle. – Seamus Toner
All of the bikes for the program are supplied by Blackfoot Motosports and will be evergreen.
“There will be bikes for small people, tall peoples, big people. It gives the students a variety of bikes to try,” said Toner.
Although instructors are still being recruited, all of the teachers for Intro to Motorcycle Safety and Motorcycle Operation and Safety Training will be Alberta Transportation approved certified class 6 instructors.