Motorcycle training classes available in Springfield

Motorcycle training classes available in Springfield

With the motorcycle riding season in full swing, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced openings are still available in upcoming motorcycle training courses.

The University of Illinois Motorcycle Rider Program offers free motorcycle rider education courses at 14 locations throughout central Illinois. Currently, slots for the basic riding course are open at the Illinois EPA Headquarters, 1021 North Grand Avenue East in Springfield, as well as in Decatur, Joliet, Pontiac, Canton, Galesburg, Montgomery, LaSalle, East Peoria, Danville, Kankakee, Champaign and East Moline.

Training courses are for any Illinois resident 16 years of age or older who holds a valid automobile or motorcycle driver’s license or permit.

Although designed for the novice rider as part of the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program, experienced riders also can gain from the basic riding course training. The course will include approximately 20 hours of instruction. Participants will receive a course textbook, seven hours of classroom instruction and 13 hours of hands-on cycle instruction. The basic riding course gives participants the physical skills and knowledge needed to ride properly and safely.

Interested riders may call (800) 252-3348 for more information. Details regarding additional training and program information can be viewed at startseeingmotorcycles.org or mrp.illinois.edu.