At a glance
The Department of Driver Services’ motorcycle license testing program will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the parking lot by Wal-Mart on Market Place Boulevard. For more information, visit www.dds.ga.gov.
The Department of Driver Services will bring its mobile motorcycle license testing program to Cumming on Saturday.
While the department offers motorcycle testing daily at its building off Pilgrim Mill Road, the mobile program takes the testing course to various locations as part of a safety awareness campaign.
The program began nearly three years ago through a grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
It is currently conducted only on a case-by-case basis, but each year, the program participates in the Gold Wing Road Riders Awareness Event, which this year will be held in the parking lot by Walmart on Market Place Boulevard.
“We support motorcycle safety so we do awareness events all year long,” said Ly Eldridge, spokeswoman. “We work with a lot of bike organizations like Gold Wing ... it’s really a service to the community. Even if [attendees] don’t test, at least they learn more about safety.”
According to Eldridge, the testing course is set up with duct tape.
“Generally, the testing range is spray painted at a stationary location, but we lay that range out with duct tape, that way we can take the tape up when we’re done and it’s like we were never there,” she said.
Eldridge said the department’s rider coaches, or those who administer the motorcycle tests, will talk with visitors about safety, ways to avoid crashes and caution motorists to be aware of motorcycles.
The events are popular for the 18 to 26-year-old crowd, who she said are getting their licenses for the first time, as well as those 45 and older, who she called returning riders. They may have had a motorcycle in their youth, but gave it up for family commitments and have since “picked it back up as a hobby.”
Those that pass the license test at the event will receive a waiver card that allows them to bypass the testing portion at the department and just provide identification for their permanent license.
Eldridge said potential test-takers must bring their own motorcycle, as well as insurance information, tag and helmet.