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So my colleague Scott Lewis and his wife, Ashley, spent the weekend at a motorcycle training program in Chula Vista run by the Pacific Safety Council. The Lewises just bought a scooter and they had to get their motorcycle licenses.

Scott said the course was fully booked, and that the organization that runs the course has seen a big influx in applicants as San Diego’s scooter craze rides the wave of high gas prices.

I put in a call to the Pacific Safety Council and spoke to Paula Williamson, site manager for the organization’s motorcycle safety program.

Williamson said her team has been so busy recently she’s had to lease six new motorcycles, bringing her total fleet to 49.

“We’re at full capacity,” she said.

Starting in July, the course will begin graduating 408 new riders a month. That’s up from 288 a month before that, Williamson said. She said there are no plans as yet to hire any new staffers.

WILL CARLESS

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