Along with the ACT, Tasmania and Yarra Shire Ranges (VIC) where HART is already conducting similar programs, GCCC has recognised the need to offer professional instruction for licensed riders in order to reduce their chances of crashing when faced with challenging conditions.
GCCC has also gained the support of five times 500cc World Champion and Queensland born, Mick Doohan, who has agreed to be patron for the GCCC's Safer Motorcycle Advanced Rider Training program.
Research from various sources including Queensland Transport and the Queensland Police Service indicates that some riders involved in accidents on local roads may not have had the necessary skills to adequately control their motorcycle.
"It is reassuring that a number of Government agencies are now recognising the benefits of this type of training, and are acknowledging the value by subsidising riders," said HART's National Manager Mark Collins.
"Through the program, our highly qualified instructors will train local riders on the road in small groups."
"The rides will cover selected public roads around the city and surrounding hinterland areas where our instructors can observe and offer feedback on how participants deal with various real-time situations."
A support team and vehicles will also attend the training days to ensure safety and rider confidence.
Doohan said he decided to support the initiative because it is "all about helping bikers to be the best riders they can be."
"Over the years my riding skills have been improved and refined by doing lots of training. Rider education is definitely the best protection," he added.
According to GCCC's Director of Engineering Services Branch, Warren Day ownership of motorcycles and scooters is increasing on the Gold Coast due to their affordability and economical running costs.
"The aim of the initiative is to encourage experienced and returning riders to take up the opportunity to further increase their skills, and we are encouraging motorcyclists to participate in the program by sponsoring part of the cost," Day said.
Cost to the rider will be $45 for one full day's riding tuition with HART's professional instructors. Courses will commence March 2007. For additional information on the GCCC/HART Program, contact Council's Road Safety staff on (07) 5581 6450 or (07) 5581 6061.