Georgia Dealer Takes Riders to School

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Albany (Ga.) Harley-Davidson has worked out a sweet arrangement with the local school district after about three months of negotiations.

Under a deal with the Dougherty County Board of Education, the dealer will resurface and restripe the school system's driving range at Monroe High School, and will provide motorcycle riding lessons there.

The school system will have first call on the space if there is a conflict, Business and Finance Director Robert Lloyd said during a board meeting.

Tammy Taliaserro, the dealer's program manager for the motorcycle driving course, said the dealership asked the school board to approve a contract after it had to move off of Albany Technical College's campus because of growth issues.

"It's all about education," she said. "As soon as I get the paperwork in my hands from them, we're going to be teaching people how to ride motorcycles."

Instructors are certified annually through the Georgia Motorcycle Safety program. The dealer hopes to begin classes by Aug. 16.

Lloyd estimated the project to cost about $20,000. The classes cost anywhere from $150-$295, Taliserro said, based on the needs of the rider.

Lloyd told the Albany Herald the school system will work with the dealership to allow the dealership to have weekday access to the driving course after school hours.