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Jim Walton, Motorcycle Safety Instructor, right, orients students to their bikes before riding out onto the practice course Mar. 1. The class provides the bikes and safety gear to students, giving an opportunity to try it before purchasing a motorcycle.

**Due to ongoing coronavirus-related closures, cancellations and schedule changes, garrison public affairs suggests confirming with any facilities before planning to attend.


Motorcycle training

Belvoir Safety Office has free, Motorcycle Safety Foundation training for active-duty, Guard and Reserve Service members only. The Motorcycle Training Center is Bldg. 259, behind 5915 16th St.

Training is mandatory for Service members who ride. The course has free loaner bikes and helmets for students in the basic rider course. Basic Rider Course is a two-day class that will earn a motorcycle endorsement for most states and is required before a Service member rides for the first time.

The Basic Rider Course 2, or Experienced Rider Course, is a mandatory, 1-day course for motorcycle owners (within 12 months of BRC).

Garrison Safety Office recommends Service members who are considering buying a bike attend the BRC first. The schedule through May, with basic and experience riders courses, is available with a CAC and a government computer, at https://imc.army.mil/airs.

People who can’t access the site may call 703-806-3447 to sign up.

Indoor park authority locations closed

Fairfax County Park Authority has closed all indoor facilities through March 29, including RECenters; nature and visitor centers; historic sites; horse facilities; golf courses and preschools. For now, parks, dog parks and trails remain open.

All events, classes, programs and permitted use of athletic fields, parks, historic sites, campgrounds, and picnic shelters during this timeframe are also canceled. Refunds or credits will be issued for all canceled rentals and activities and customers will be contacted.

The authority reiterates the need for social distancing and avoiding large gatherings or group activities.

The county’s park authority will continue to re-evaluate closures and cancellations. Info is available from fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.