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Learn to Bike Safely While Having Fun!

Do you want to learn to cycle safely? Our learn-to-bike programs & clinics are perfect for those starting to ride a bicycle or those with limited cycling experience. We offer courses for all ages! For the ease and comfort of our riders, our classes take place in parking lots, grassy areas or indoor arenas, where available. Organized group rides take place on residential streets, arterial roads or along designated bicycle paths.

Course Requirements Students must meet the minimum level for each course and must have the following:

  • A bicycle in good working order, including a bell
  • Properly fitting approved bicycle helmet (CSA, Snell, ASTM, CPSC, or ANSI)
  • A bicycle lock

Learn to Bike - Adult

LEARN TO BIKE COURSES: Brand new riders and beginners will learn how to balance, pedal, steer and stop on a bicycle. Students remain on site for all lessons and do not ride on the street. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet and a bicycle with a bell. Learn to Bike courses offer 6 hours of lessons over multiple visits. Workshop: Learn to Bike is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. Workshop: Big City Cycling is a 2-hour clinic for all ages that covers buying a bicycle, helmet, cargo carriers, bike tools; locking your bicycle securely; fixing a flat tire, riding safely in the city. BIKE HANDLING SKILLS COURSES: Riders will strengthen basic skills and learn how to do hand signals, shoulder checks, steering, turning and changing gears. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet, a working bicycle with a bell, and a lock. Student remain on-site for all lessons and do not ride on the street. Bike Handling Skills is a 6-hour course over multiple visits. Workshop: Bike Handling is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. Bike Handling Skills with a Guided Ride is a 5-hour program to prepare you to cycle on city streets. Some rules of the road and traffic skills will be taught. Students must pass a bike handling test to participate in the Guided Ride on a quiet street. Those who do not pass the test will be taught additional skills on-site during the final hour.

Learn to Bike - Child

LEARN TO BIKE COURSES: Brand new riders and beginners will learn how to balance, pedal, steer and stop on a bicycle. Students remain on site for all lessons. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet and a bicycle with a bell and training wheels removed. Learn to Bike courses offer 6 hours of lessons over multiple visits. Learn to Bike with Caregiver teaches the child to ride while coaching Caregivers to support the child learner. Caregivers will not be using a bicycle. Workshop: Learn to Bike is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. Workshop: Big City Cycling is a 2-hour clinic for all ages that covers buying a bicycle, helmet, cargo carriers, bike tools; locking your bicycle securely; fixing a flat tire, riding safely in the city. BIKE HANDLING SKILLS COURSES: Riders will strengthen basic skills and learn how to do hand signals, shoulder checks, steering, turning and changing gears. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet, a working bicycle with a bell, and a lock. Student remain on-site for all lessons. Bike Handling Skills is a 6-hour course over multiple visits. Workshop: Bike Handling is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. NOTE: Learn to Bike and Bike Handling Skills can also be taken at summer day camp. See summer camp listings for SPECIALTY CAMP: LEARN TO BIKE. Children will be separated into Learn to Bike or Bike Handling camp groups based on skill levels.

Learn to Bike - Youth

Youth programs are for students 13- to 24-years of age. LEARN TO BIKE COURSES: Brand new riders and beginners will learn how to balance, pedal, steer and stop on a bicycle. Students remain on site for all lessons. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet and a bicycle with a bell. Learn to Bike courses offer 6 hours of lessons over multiple visits. Workshop: Learn to Bike is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. Workshop: Big City Cycling is a 2-hour clinic for all ages that covers buying a bicycle, helmet, cargo carriers, bike tools; locking your bicycle securely; fixing a flat tire, riding safely in the city. BIKE HANDLING SKILLS COURSES: Riders will strengthen basic skills and learn how to do hand signals, shoulder checks, steering, turning and changing gears. Students must bring their own bicycle helmet, a working bicycle with a bell, and a lock. Student remain on-site for all lessons. Bike Handling Skills is a 6-hour course over multiple visits. Workshop: Bike Handling is a 2-hour semi-private clinic that focuses on one or two specific skill areas. Bike Handling Skills with a Guided Ride is a 5-hour program to prepare you to cycle on city streets. Some rules of the road and traffic skills will be taught. Students must pass a bike handling test to participate in the Guided Ride. Those who do not pass the test will be taught additional skills on-site during the final hour.

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