Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New to City Bicycling? Take the Intro to Smart Cycling Class!

Do you like to ride your bike at Minto, but wonder about taking it to the grocery store and navigating among cars?

This Saturday, July 3rd, League Cycling Instructor Gary Obery is starting a new class, "Introduction to Smart Cycling." Using the League of American Bicyclists curriculum, the ride will feature a 20 minute pre-ride presentation focusing on tips for riding safely on neighborhood and busy streets. You'll practice a few bicycle handling drills in the square before the ride.

Then out on the road! The ride course will take you through a variety of types of city streets and intersections. We'll stop periodically to talk about strategies to share the road, especially techniques to address auto drivers core concerns about bicyclists' predictability and visibility. You'll also learn techniques that address bicyclists concerns about auto drivers.

Together we can share the road!

So come learn the tips and skills that can sometimes take time to acquire. Minimum age 12. Minors must be accompanied by a parent. Helmets required. Bright clothing or safety vests encouraged.

The first session will be on Saturday, July 3rd from 10 am to 12 pm at the Wall of Water fountain on the south end of the Capitol Mall. Additional sessions are tentatively scheduled for the first Saturdays through October.

League Certified Instructor Gary Obery is the coordinator of this new ride. Please contact Gary at oberyfamily [at] comcast.net or 503-798-6534 if you have further questions.

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