State-certified basic motorcycle training courses, which started being required last year for all new motorcycle licenses, will be offered by Gateway Community College’s Motorcycle Rider Education Program starting in this month and running through October.
This year, GCC is offering nearly 70 sections of the Basic Rider Course (BRC). Classes are offered both mid-week and on the weekends. The course consists of six hours of classroom instruction and 14 hours of on-vehicle training on state-provided motorcycles. The all-inclusive cost is $200. The college supplies the motorcycles, helmets and study materials.
GCC also is offering several sections of its Experienced Rider Course (ERC). This six-hour class for $85 is for students who have had at least six months of riding experience. Students use their own motorcycles to learn more advanced maneuvers, like stopping in the shortest distance, cornering, swerving and tight turns.
Both the BRC and ERC courses are offered at the college’s North Haven campus at 88 Bassett Road. Launched in 1999, GCC’s Motorcycle Education Program has become one of the largest programs of its kind offered by any community college in Connecticut, serving more than 1,000 students annually.
For more information, visit www.gcc.commnet.edu and click on “Motorcycle Rider Education Program” or call 203-285-2309 or 203-285-2426.