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SAIT ramps up public safety programs

Calgary, AB — SAIT is launching a new program to protect motorcyclists from dangers on the road.

A partnership with Blackfoot Motosports, the new program is designed for both novice and experienced riders and will be instructed by Alberta Transportation Approved Classics instructors.

"Motorcycle riding continues to grow in popularity and there's a push for new riders to take an operator safety training course," says Seamus Toner, Project Coordinator at SAIT. "We'll cover everything from the basics of learning to ride a motorcycle, to brushing up on existing skills and learning property safety operation and defensive riding techniques."

Blackfoot Motosports is supplying the bikes for the program, ensuring every rider gets to learn on the style of bike they are interested in and one that fits their size.

According to Alberta Traffic Collision statistics (2012), motorcycle drivers are more likely to run off the road, pass improperly, or make an incorrect lane change.

Dean of the School of Health and Public Safety, Dr. Allen Billy, says these statistics reinforce the need for additional training options in Alberta.

"Motorcycle training programs are in demand in our province and SAIT felt it was important to expand the safety side of our course options," says Dr. Billy. "Our hands-on training model is ideally suited to safety education and complements our wide range of health-related programming."

The SAIT course includes three hours of theory, followed by two days of on-bike training.

The training program takes place at SAIT's Art Smith Aero Centre, making it one of the largest unobstructed motorcycle training areas in the province.

The three-day course runs Thursdays from 6 - 9 pm, and Saturdays/Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm.

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