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Bicycle Drivers' Education

The next class is Saturday, June 9th at 10am.

From balancing a two-wheeler to riding in rush-hour traffic, every cyclist can learn something from others; we cover most topics in the courses listed here, or can customize one to fit your needs.

This is the easiest way to learn, or teach, this basic skill.

Once you've mastered that, you're ready for League of American Bicyclists' (LAB) Bike Ed training, which will help anyone to:
  • Ride more safely, comfortably, and confidently in all traffic situations
  • Speak or write more knowledgeably about cyclists' rights and safety
  • Have formal training to bolster their position in legal actions
  • Go on to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI) themselves — to teach safe-cycling classes on their own, or through the OCBC.

There are several "Bike Ed" courses available: Road 1 (external link), the basic vehicular cycling course, Kids I (for those under 10 years old with their parents) and Kids II (the basis of our Earn a Bike riding instruction), and others.

Our Bicycle Drivers' Ed class is the riding portion of Road I and Kids II, held together. The mechanical and bike fit concepts in the Road 1 course are taught in the first two of our shop classes, so taking those two classes (Intro, and Tires and Flats) is required to earn a Road 1 certificate, as we will simply review that material, and concentrate on riding skills in our Bicycle Drivers' Ed class.

The Intro and Flats classes may be taken anytime before your riding class, with no pre-registration needed, to make scheduling more flexible (and the riding class three hours shorter!) See the shop classes page for dates and times.

Bicycle Drivers' Ed is held at the Co-op on the second Saturday (third in October) of every month between April and November, rain or shine (riding portions may be postponed in case of dangerous weather), from 9AM to 4PM.

The course uses slides, video, discussion, and, of course, plenty of riding (bring your own bike or use a co-op loaner) to help all students — within their own comfort levels — gain skills to ride more safely and effectively in whatever traffic situations they choose. The day includes a written and on-road test at the end, to earn a certificate from the League of American Bicyclists, and a copy of Street Smarts for future reference.

This course is appropriate for cyclists over 10 years old, of all abilities, who can ride for at least one hour (or five miles) at one time. Students under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult student.

The cost is $65 (or $25 with each bike purchase, or for members, who may pay half of this with volunteer hours), which includes the prerequisite mechanical Intro and Flat classes, all materials, and a light breakfast at 8:30AM. Lunch is up to each individual when we stop at the West Side Market.

Please pay in advance on our payment page (external link), and send an email indicating which month you are signing up for; or with a check, including a phone number in case class will be canceled, which will happen if there are not at least three students signed up by the Wednesday before class.

We often present Kids 1 and other programs to Scouts, 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 email any questions to


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