Knott County, Kentucky, had plenty of ATVs and dirt bikes, and hundreds of miles of unmanaged trails in the Appalachian Mountains to ride them on. The trouble was, it also had its share of OHV-related fatalities. So the community rallied together and built the Knott County ATV & Motorcycle Rider Training Center. Opened in 2007, it is one of the finest education facilities in the country for ATV, dirt bike and street motorcycle riders.
Knott County Judge-Executive Randy Thompson led the charge to build the facility. “Our terrain is mountainous and we had a lot of people riding, me included. We were having a lot of accidents,” said Judge Thompson. “By doing the training facility first, we felt like we were sending a message that it was an extremely important component of what we were trying to do.”
Judge Thompson visited a Honda Rider Education Center for ideas, then partnered with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), American Honda, and the Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority.....read more