According to Victoria Advocate, 28 years old Aftan Puente is the first female motorcycle safety instructor, or RiderCoach, at Victoria College.
On Saturday, she trained students for the first time on the motorcycle riding range next to the College Services and Training building. She lectured the small group and signaled them with her hands when they were at the opposite end of the range.
She is a native of The Bay City and resides in Victoria and grew up riding on the back of her father’s motorcycle before she rode on the back of her husband’s. In 2009, she enrolled in the motorcycle safety course at the college and was the youngest in her class and the only female. Her instructor, Stephen Fuhrman, who is now her co-worker, described Puente as passionate and inquisitive about the male-dominated form of transportation.
In 2009, the safety course became a state requirement to obtain a motorcycle license.Texas is one of six states that requires all new riders to complete a rider training course. The course covers topics ranging from personal protective gear to basic riding skills to street strategies.
RiderCoaches are “there to help you in a safe learning environment,” Puente said.