This has been a heck of a year for Road Guardians! During those covid years it was a little quiet as far as in person training was concerned. Who knew that motorcycling would be the new safe activity! We enjoyed some wind-time and used those 2 years to get creative with how to connect to our students and continue teaching. Our online training has continued to gain popularity. This year we did a blended learning/virtual class and were able to train a group of airmen in Tokyo!
2022 has seen us develop new partnerships, bring on board new Instructors, all while making new friends along the way. We are hitting the ground running for 2023 with over 40 in person classes on the schedule already! We would like to give a shout out to our sponsoring attorneys that have made this possible, as many of these classes are being funded in part by their generosity. We know that given the scope of motorcycling, that is just a small drop in the bucket, and we have a large task ahead of us to train as many people as we can.
We have new Instructors in Arizona, Washington State, Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Illinois. We also are currently training Instructors in WI, FL, MN, and Canada!
Arizona stepped it up by freeing up funds for 680 students to get trained for 1/2 price. One of our Lead Instructors, Teresa Martinez, worked with AMSAF to free up those funds allowing for all 5 AZ Instructors to participate and train students in their area of the state.
Nevada Office of Transportation Safety gave a grant to ASM so we can study our training. Students are asked to complete a pre and post class survey to show what knowledge our students take away. Those same 200 students will also be surveyed at 6 and 12 months to determine if they used any of the information, they learned to help someone.
We have a community of Road Guardian members that are dedicated to helping riders help each other. We want to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support, as we are a grassroots 501c3 non-profit organization that largely depends on motorcyclists for our support.
Have you taken an ASM class? Have your friends taken a class? Make a resolution to be prepared to help a friend in 2023. A good ride is one where everyone returns home safely!