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“Smart Cycling” Bike Safety Classes in Richmond, May 14 & 26, June 2

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:21

Become a more confident cyclist by advancing your knowledge and skills for staying safe on a variety of road conditions. This class will teach you how to ride confidently in traffic! You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn in the classroom. Expect to refresh and expand your knowledge of traffic laws and the rights and responsibilities of cyclist on the road; learn 5 “layers of safety” that you can put to use on every ride (it’s not just about the helmet), learn emergency handling skills and riding techniques that can prevent motorists’ mistakes and allow you to avoid trouble, and much more!

This course is divided into two parts:  1. Classroom; 2. Parking lot bike handling skills, and road riding with instructors. The classroom part will be held Monday evening, May 14,  at the Glen Allen library.  Then choose one of the Saturdays, either May 26 or June 2, for the parking lot bike handling skills and road riding. Participants must attend the classroom session in order to participate in the Part 2 On-Bike.  The On-Bike session will be held at:

Laurel Park Shopping Center
2312 Hungary Rd
Richmond, VA 23228
United States

Registration price: $24

Ages 14-17 welcome with participating parent or guardian. Proceeds minus costs donated to promote cycling.

Monday May 14, 2018:
  • 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Glen Allen Library – Arrive
  • 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Glen Allen Library Lecture/Discussion
Saturday May 26, 2018 or Saturday June 2, 2018:
  • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Laurel Park Shopping Center Parking lot – Bike and Helmet check.
  • 8:15 AM – 9:55 AM Practice basic handling skills and defensive driving maneuvers
  • 10:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Road ride starting from Laurel Park Shopping Center Parking lot. Instructors ride along and give feedback as you put your new skills and knowledge into practice
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM optional written test to earn Smart Cycling (Formerly TS 101) Certificate
Registration Classroom Portion Registration On-Bike Portion; Pick one: Topics 
  • How to select, fit and inspect your bicycle
  • Helmet Fit
  • What to bring on a ride
  • Gearing
  • Bike Handling Skills: Starting Stopping Scanning Signaling
  • Maneuvers to get you out of a jam: Quick stop, rock dodge, instant-turn
  • Traffic laws
  • Best road positioning at intersections and mid-block
  • Riding on city streets and rural roads
  • Riding in Groups
Offered by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors
  • Monday May 14: Eric Martin; Sheryl Finucane, Gregg Hillmar
  • Saturday May 24: Eric Martin; Sheryl Finucane, Gregg Hillmar
  • Saturday Jun 2: Eric Martin, Sheryl Finucane

Questions? Contact Eric Martin martin4bike@gmail.com

Smart Cycling is the oldest and most popular bike safety education curriculum in the US, a program of the League of American Bicyclists.