Bike Classes

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Bicycle Education Classes

Do you normally roll your bike in your neighborhood or on the trails, but are curious about riding on roads with traffic? Maybe you commute to work on the streets and feel a little tense when a car passes you. Or maybe you're an adult that never learned to ride a bike, and has decided "Now is the time, goshdarnit!" Well, we've got classes that can help you do all that and more!

To promote safe and fun riding, Arlington County and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are offering bike education classes to teach you the skills needed to incorporate bicycling into your daily routine.

We've got two on-bike classes: Confident Cycling (CC) and Learn to Ride (L2R) for adults.  All classes are taught by instructors certified through the League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor program.

City Cycling (3 hrs.) helps adults ride on streets comfortably and confidently! The class is divided in two groups -- each group learns different drills and goes on an educational ride highlighting different aspects of city riding.

The Intro to City Cycling group learns confident control of the bike in all situations. You will use these skills every time you ride, guaranteed. This group goes for a ride on a nearby trail and learns about dealing with traffic, clear communication, proper use of trails, and the trail-to-road transition.

The Confident City Cycling group learns advanced bike handling maneuvers. These techniques can get you out of some dangerous situations. This group goes for a ride on the roads and learns about bike infrastructure, lane control, communicating with drivers, and effective road behavior.

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 (3 hrs.) is designed for adults who have never learned to ride a bicycle. We will 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.

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!

Arlington Schedule:

Saturday, September 13: Adult Learn to Ride

Sunday, September 14: City Cycling

Sunday, September 28: Adult Learn to Ride

Saturday, October 18: Adult Learn to Ride

Sunday, October 10/19: City Cycling

View the Regional Course Calendar here.

Commuter Seminars

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

photo: girl on bikeThe 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.

Did You Know?

50% of all trips Americans make are less than 3 miles; 40% less than 2 miles, 28% less than 1 mile.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 2009

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