From balancing a two-wheeler to riding in rush-hour traffic, every cyclist can learn something from others (see examples here). The courses below will cover what every cyclist needs to know to use a bike safely and confidently, whether they're going racing, or going to the grocery store.
Free, informal instruction -- no registration needed:
How to Ride a Bike
This is the easiest way to learn, or teach someone else, this basic skill. We have special "balance bikes" (in all sizes, including for adults) that you can use in our parking lot, or borrow to practice with at home. Just stop in; we'll show you how!
Our Saturday Social Ride is a good time to get basic advice on bike fit and safe riding in a very informal setting. Held on the first Saturday of every month at 10am.
More structured instruction (registration required):
We offer the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) bike-handling and traffic skills training to help you:
- Ride more safely, comfortably, and confidently in all traffic situations
- Get fewer flat tires
- Get honked at less often
- Have credentials that could bolster your position in a legal action
- Go on to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI) yourself — to teach safe-cycling classes on your own, or through the OCBC.
Our Intro to Traffic Skills class is a short, casual discussion and ride to give anyone the basic information they need to use a bike in traffic, but does not include the prerequisite mechanical classes, written and on-road tests, or graduation certificate -- or the 9-hour commitment -- of Traffic Skills 101.
Intro to Traffic Skills is FREE with every bike or membership purchased from OCBC, or $25 otherwise.
The complete Traffic Skills 101 course is made up of our Bicycle Basics series on mechanical bike safety and fixing flats, the above Traffic Skills Intro, and the reading and written test found here. Though best taken in that order, these classes can be completed at any time -- once they are, the final on-road test can be scheduled, to earn a certificate from the League of American Bicyclists. This certificate is required to gain instructor certification from the League, which can be done at one of the seminars listed here.
Intro to Traffic Skills and Traffic Skills 101 road tests are held rain or shine (though the riding portions may be postponed in case of dangerous weather).
Both are appropriate for cyclists of all abilities, who can ride for at least an hour and a half at one time. Kids over about 10 years old, are welcome, with a parent, as below-- but we also offer a Family Traffic Skills Ride for kids ~ 8 to 12 years old, with their parents.
Students under 14 must be accompanied by an adult student who is a legal guardian, or designated by their guardian on a signed parental release form. Students under 18 must have the signed parental release form with them to attend the class.
How to sign up
Please register for the date of the class you want to take on our events registration page. We will notify you in case class is canceled -- which will happen if there are not at least three students signed up by the Wednesday before the class -- and email a reminder and some class-preparation information two days before your class.
We can also arrange private classes almost anytime that is not already scheduled on our calendar, if you have a group of at least four students (or pay the equivalent tuition).
We often present Kids 1 and other programs to Scout groups, Rec. Centers and community groups. We will be happy to customize classes like these to your particular needs, and present them at you location: please see our Group Membership page, and email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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