Thursday, April 19, 2007

Riding a motorcycle on base

In these days of expensive fuel, a motorcycle is an economic alternative to an otherwise expensive commute. To ride a motorcycle on base, however, requires more than just a license. Not sure of the requirements? The NSASP safety department can help. Here are the necessary requirements:

Training – per OPNAVINST 5100.12G, those personnel (military⁄civilian⁄contractor) wishing to ride a motorcycle aboard a military installation must complete one of the following training courses:

  • The Basic Riders Motorcycle Safety Course (BRC) – A two-day course (attendance on both days required to receive credit) OR

  • The Experienced Riders Motorcycle Safety Course (ERC) - A one day course

    Personal protective gear or PPE – the following is required:

  • Full-face DOT-approved helmet

  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants

  • Full-fingered leather gloves

  • Brightly-colored clothing for day and reflective vest at night

  • Eye protection (ANSI approved)

  • Fully-enclosed sturdy shoes (no flip-flops, sandals, etc.)

    All PPE is required to protect you in even the simplest accident, providing protection between you and the road or another vehicle.

    No-cost motorcycle training is available by contacting one of the following:

  • Anacostia Naval Station – Mr. Joseph Rupp, (202) 433-6980, or

  • NAS Patuxent River - Mr. Bruce Blount, (301) 342-5496, or

  • Ft. Meade – Julia Salsich, (410) 293-2549,

    For questions or additional information, contact George Revoir at (540) 653-5887.

    Thank you and enjoy your ride!

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