Motorcycle Rider Training and Skill Development
 

About TEAM OREGON

 

The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program provides statewide training, education and outreach for riders of all levels of experience and riding ability.

Oregon State University

TEAM OREGON is an outreach program of the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Public Health and Human Sciences (PHHS). The college is committed to robust community involvement and providing the education and services needed to help people lead safe, healthy lives.

Oregon Department of Transportation

OSU partners with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Transportation Safety  Division which provides direction, funding and support for the program and activities. TEAM OREGON funding comes from student tuitions, motorcycle endorsement and renewal fees, and grants.

Support also comes from the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety (GAC-MS), ODOT Driver and Motor Vehicles (DMV), motorcycle rider organizations and businesses.

OSU PHHS website
ODOT TSD website
GAC-MS website
DMV website 

In 1984, the first year of the program, TEAM OREGON trained about 400 riders. Last year, more than 11,000 students completed a basic, intermediate, experienced or advanced training course to learn safe and responsible motorcycling. In its history, TEAM OREGON has trained more than 180,000 riders in the mental and physical skills needed to ride safely.

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Programs

At the heart of TEAM OREGON are its street-oriented, research-based training courses. Courses are open to the public and include classroom instruction and on-cycle training.

For beginning riders, our basic courses (BRT and eRider™ Basic) are an introduction to motorcycling that include eight hours of practice riding. We offer intermediate courses (IRT and eRider™ Intermediate) for those who are self-taught or who haven’t ridden in some time and are getting back into motorcycling, that include four hours of practice riding. Both types of courses meet Oregon's mandatory training requirement, and both courses are available with online classroom as an option.

For riders who want to raise their skills to a higher level, Rider Skills Practice (RSP) provides an opportunity to work on techniques for cornering, emergency braking and collision avoidance. Advanced Rider Training (ART) is designed to refine cornering skills on the tight turns and curves of an enclosed track. TEAM OREGON also provides advanced training programs for police motorcycle officers.

For more information about our course offerings, see Rider Training. For more information about the licensing process, see Motorcycle Endorsement.

Instructors

TEAM OREGON has about 200 motorcycle safety instructors who are paid, part-time employees. Each instructor completes a rigorous training program to become certified to teach for the program. Instructors are motorcycle enthusiasts with extensive riding experience who bring a wealth of knowledge to students.

For more information about our instructor certification program, see Become an Instructor.

Honors

TEAM OREGON is a nationally recognized leader in motorcycle safety and the only state motorcycle safety program to develop its own proprietary training curricula. In 2005 Oregon was ranked first in the nation for motorcycle safety program administration, rider education courses, and licensing practices by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Outreach

Staff, instructors and volunteers from TEAM OREGON share their enthusiasm for motorcycles, motorcycle safety, and rider training with groups and organizations at events across Oregon. They are equally at home with motorcyclists or motorists, and offer tips and techniques for all vehicle operators who share our roadways. Contact us at team.oregon@oregonstate.edu or 800-545-9944 to invite TEAM OREGON to your next event.

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