Sidecar / Trike Education Program (S/TEP)
S/TEP is a comprehensive, national training program for both Sidecars and Trikes that has been educating new riders since the 1980s. Designed as a stand-alone course that meets state and province safety requirements, it is the result of long-standing collaboration between Evergreen Safety Council, manufacturer representatives, sidecar/trike dealers, training advisers, and government administrators and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive course possible for the novice rider of three-wheeled motorcycles.
Taught by our certified instructors, it teaches each attendee in the strategies necessary to drive safely and legally on city streets and highways. The 16 hour course includes:
- Two sessions of textbook and classroom instruction on riding techniques, protective wear, defensive driving, collision avoidance, and selection criteria for three-wheeled vehicles.
- Two sessions of practical skill development on a protected, off-street range.
- A comprehensive written test and a rigorously graded on-cycle skills test, both of which must be passed to successfully pass the course and receive a completion card.
The only requirement to attend the novice Basic S/TEP course is that the attendee be at least sixteen years old. The attendee need not have ridden any kind of motorcycle, nor does s/he need to possess a motorcycle endorsement or license.
Upon successful completion of the course, each student will be issued a course completion card that may be accepted by the state/province licensing organization for endorsement on the driver’s license. Many insurance companies will provide the attendee with premium discounts based on the issuance of the completion card; you will need to talk with your own insurance agent to see if the discount can be applied to your premium.