Driven to success: Warwick’s first Qride program opens
AFTER seeing too many people give motorcyclists a bad rap, one Warwick man decided to change the conversation.
Launching his school, Southern Downs Rider Training, earlier this month, avid motorcyclist Shane Ross couldn’t wait to educate people properly about the hobby.
“I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was eight years old, and just love them I suppose,” Mr Ross said.
“I would like to remove stigma out there.
“I predominantly see motorcyclists having single vehicle crashes because they’re not properly trained, not because they’re necessarily doing something stupid.”
Using the Qride program enabled beginners to learn the correct techniques of driver safety, according to Mr Ross, but until he opened up, there weren’t any such courses available in Warwick.
“When I was speaking with both the local motorbike store and the mechanics, both said they knew someone who wanted to get their licence but was putting it off because they go to Toowoomba, or Ipswich or Brisbane,” he said.
While Mr Ross was yet to put any learners through the complete course, he couldn’t wait for the day.
“It’s been an absolute joy to watch people improve over the course of the day,” he said.
Contact Southern Downs Rider Training Facebook page or on 0435 649 535. The program runs at Morgan Park Dragway.