This is the easiest way we've found to help anyone to not crash their bike: twice a month we have a discussion and brief slide show about how bike crashes happen, and then go for a ride to see how to avoid them.
This class is based on the League of American Bicyclists' Ride Smart program, so is a short version of their Traffic Skills 101 (but without the mechanical prerequisite, written and on-road tests, or certificate of completion), so we cover just the basics of what everyone needs to know to ride safely and comfortably in traffic. This includes discussion of traffic law for cyclists and causes of accidents, practicing essential handling skills in a closed lot, and a short ride to look at different traffic situations in practice.
Here's an article from the Great Lakes Courier that explains why you might want to take a class like this. If you just don't have time, at least look at the website called "How to not get hit by cars" and read this booklet from ODOT, called Street Smarts.
Intro to Bike Traffic Skills is held at OCBC at 4:30pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month from April to September (private classes can be arranged at other times). Our Family Traffic Skills Ride, for children under 16 and their parents, is held on the 3rd Saturday at that time. Students should bring their own bike and helmet (or loaners are available), and should
have done the paperwork stuff below. To sign up for this class (and pay, if necessary) go to our events schedule.
It will save lots of time if you safety-check your bike before the class, following this easy Safety Check: if your bike doesn't pass, it may be easy to fix before the ride, or we can give you a loaner, but please contact us with any equipment questions before class.
Please visit or contact us by phone or email to Education@OhioCityCycles.org for more information.
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