Sharing the road with motorcyclists

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — You’d typically find Betsy Saffert on the back of her husband’s motorcycle. 

But now, thanks to a class, she’s the one gripping the handlebars. 

“Now it’s my turn to get on a bike and do it on my own,” Betsy Saffert said. 

Scott Burke is teaching the class at J&L Harley Davidson.

“We teach them basic skills on how to evaluate danger coming up, how to react in case there is an emergency,” Scott Burke said. 

That means learning how to ride defensively. 

“Not everyone is looking for motorcycles. Be prepared, look ahead. Look for the danger that might come into your path of travel,” Burke said. 

As for people behind the wheel…

“We know South Dakota, it’s very common this time of year. There are a lot of people out riding motorcycles. It doesn’t take long to take an extra second or even third glance both left and right before you start to turn,” Sioux Falls Police Department PIO Sam Clemens said. 

“I think it’s super important because it’s bike season again,” Saffert. 

And that means this new motorcyclist has a lot of rides ahead of her. 

Burke also recommends motorcyclists wear protective gear including helmets and boots. 

You can find more safety tips here. 

You can also sign up for classes through J & L Harley Davidson or the South Dakota Safety Council. 

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