Motorcycle safety classes start up

BISMARCK, N.D. - Motorcycle riders don't waste any time hitting the road when weather permits, and the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education group is once again offering riding classes.

Each year, ABATE conducts about 200 basic riding classes, teaching everything from how to get on and off the bike, to making a U-turn. This week's class comes days before National Ride to Work Day on June 18.

"It's encouraging people to get out on their motorcycles driving to work and get the public to see us out there and know that we are people too,” said Lonnie Bertsch, executive director of ABATE of ND. “We have families, we have lives, we want to go home too, so just be aware of us out there."

Bertsch says about 2,000 people take classes each summer.