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October 2015

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STAR Strategic Plan Update: We'd Love Your Input!

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Frost Heaves/Fall Weather Hazards

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Upcoming Classes

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Photo Op

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STAR Strategic Plan: We'd Love Your Input!

As some folks know, STAR has seen a lot of changes in staff over the last nine months, including the management team comprised of the Director, Operations Manager, Training Manager and Office Manager. As you can well imagine, it’s been a busy year getting everyone on-boarded and settled into their new roles.

Priority number one for me as a new director was building an A+ management team. Some folks have heard me say more than once in the past few months that I know I got that right. I could not be more excited and energized by the talent we have in our office, and of course, in the field. The strategic planning process that we recently dove into is a testament to that.

In the month of September, the STAR staff went through several exercises during a full-day strategic planning session to develop a plan. While we’re still working on some timelines, we feel like we have a very solid start in driving the program in the direction we want to take. Our plan is comprised of three main focus areas: communications; training; and operations. As I mentioned in a letter published in the March issue of the STAR Newsletter, my long-term vision is to continue to see a downward trend in motorcycle crashes and fatalities. We believe STAR can make a difference through outreach/education programs and rider training courses aimed at affecting behavior and influencing smart choices among the ridership.

We start by focusing on the riders and potential riders. While we have some ideas we think are great, we first want to hear from you. We’d appreciate just a couple minutes of your time to help us get some information about some of the basics. This will give us some more insight into what’s important for the rider and want-to-be rider and help us put our energy and focus into the things that matter to you.

Please take 3-5 minutes to complete the survey through this link.

We appreciate your feedback!



Frost Heaves/Fall Weather Hazards

Frost heaves can create deadly hazards for motorcyclists in the late fall and winter. The natural effects of "bump-steer" on your bike are amplified when you are navigating a corner at speed and hit an unexpected ledge in the pavement--the equivalent of a speed bump while cornering.

We always recommend riding with a heads-up mentality that includes anticipating hazards so they don’t come as surprises. Keep your head and eyes up, aggressively scan your immediate 10-second path of travel and remember to watch for changes in color and/or texture—they are good indicators that there may be a change in traction.

Most importantly, don't hesitate to slow down or even stop all together if things are getting slick and unpredictable.


Upcoming Classes

It's not too late to get a STAR class in! Check out these upcoming classes for October. We offer training for all riding abilities, whether you're looking to refresh your braking and cornering abilities, want to learn how to better handle your trike or sidecar or just getting into riding, we've got you covered! Additional class offerings are available here.

10/03: Experienced Course @ Nampa

10/09-10/11: Basic I @ Lewiston ($20 off registration with promo code: RIDE85)

10/16-10/18: Basic I @ Boise OR Intro @ Meridian

10/25: Basic II @ Gowen 

To register, go to our website. Don't want to register online? Give us a call, toll-free at 888.280.7827.


Photo Op

We were digging through our photo vault and came across this shot from earlier (way earlier) in 2015. Director Sunshine Beer rides year-round, weather permitting, and always brings the right gear for Idaho's transitional seasons. Because we all know: If you don't like the weather in Idaho... just wait 30 minutes.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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