Bicycle Education Classes
To promote confident and fun riding, Arlington County and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are offering bike education classes to teach you the skills to incorporate bicycling into your daily routine--whether that's fitness, fun or transportation.
This is a great class for riders of all skill levels. If you're an experienced rider, there are skills to learn. If you're new, we'll help you master fundamentals.
You'll learn to deal with traffic, communicate effectively and master the transition from road to trail and back again. We'll also work on bike handling maneuvers and check out some local bike infrastructure.
Cost: Registering for the course is $10. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a $10 gift card to a local bike shop.
Learn to Ride
This is a great class for adults who never learned to ride a bicycle. We employ a special technique for teaching balance, steering, starting, stopping and pedaling. We have an 80% success rate with our friendly and encouraging staff of trained instructors. A bike and helmet rental are included in the cost.
Cost: Registering for the course is $10. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a month of free Capital Bikeshare membership (a $25 value) to help you try out your new skills!
New for Arlington in the Spring of 2015, we'll be going on three rides--each covering a topic that urban riders use to get around the county and surrounding areas. The riders are going to be fun, for sure, but also are a great space to practice everyday riding in an urban environment with help from people who teach this stuff everyday. And we always (try to) end at tacos! So come with us to explore Arlington, practice useful riding skills and ask any bike questions you've got!
To register for a class, click the date that you would like to attend. Registration pages are opened a month before their date. To be notified when classes open, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 13 : Community Ride - Ch-Ch-Changes Crystal City Ride
Wednesday, May 20 : Community Ride - Virginia Square Dance Ride
If you're interested in getting your colleagues or employees to start biking to work or incorporate biking into their lifestyle and make the best of Arlington's plentiful bicycle facilities, we've got just the thing for you! We host brown bag Commuter Seminars for employers to help get employees ready and comfortable to ride their bike in Arlington. These seminars are usually an hour long during lunch, but we can accommodate any needs, just let us know what you want. Contact our Events & Outreach Coordinator, Erin, to schedule a seminar!
Arlington County Police Department Classes for Children
The Arlington County Police Department has officers able to provide bicycle safety instruction to groups of school-aged children when requested by a community organization such as a religious institution, civic association, service club, scout troop or youth group. Contact the appropriate District office to determine when an officer would be available.
League of American Bicyclists Classes
Youth and adult bicyclists may want to check out the Smart Cycling Classes offered by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Certified instructors teach a variety of classes for nominal fees to ages eight and up. Courses range from riding in traffic and emergency maneuvers to tour preparation and bicycle mechanics. Learn more at the League's website.