Short Programs

Written by Administrator
Monday, 18 February 2008 19:33

OCBC helps groups of all sizes present all kinds of educational bike events; whether it's a guided bike tour for a family of 10, a lunch-hour bike commuting seminar for 100 employees, or on-going support for a neighborhood bike co-op. 

The short programs listed here can be held at OCBC's large facility in the Flats, or "on location" anywhere in Northeast Ohio.  We are also happy to customize any of these programs as an introduction to our much more in-depth kids' Earn A Bike, or adult Bicycle Driver's Ed programs. See our What we Do page for the full range of programs for individuals and groups.

Here is a list of the short programs we offer:

Group bike rentals

We rent basic bikes for groups of 5 or more, who can provide their members' sizes and the rental deposit in advance, and pay the rental fee in one payment.  Group rates are $10/half day or $20/day. Delivery is available for up to 50 bikes for $50 per trip anywhere in Cuyahoga County, and beyond for $1/mile additional. See our Rental page for more info.

Guided tours

We can customize a tour of any length, with or without bike rentals; or present a private version of any of our 2-hour, Social ride sightseeing tours of Downtown Cleveland.  Please email or call for more details.

Bike rodeos

We present many short bicycle skills courses (usually known as bike rodeos) for neighborhood groups, scouts, etc. These one- to four-hour events introduce basic traffic concepts and bike-handling skills, with a chance to practice them in a car-free setting like a closed parking lot, for children (K-3, 4-8), youth, or adults. Besides proper helmet fit and how to check the mechanical safety of their bikes, students learn the meaning of "yield" and "right of way" (and how to watch out for others who haven't!). They also practice steering around obstacles, stopping and starting safely and efficiently, and scanning for road hazards and other traffic around them. Youth and adult programs also include practicing evasive maneuvers. All are based on the League of American Bicyclists' Traffic Skills curriculum. 

We take care of all aspects of presenting a bike rodeo, except promoting the event and enlisting volunteers, which are the responsibilities of the partner organization (the required minimum is 6 volunteers, who receive a complementary Traffic Skills Intro at OCBC as training). Our fee to provide a certified instructor and all necessary equipment is $100 per hour, for a minimum of 3 hours, to allow for set-up and tear-down, and one hour of volunteer orientation. This includes insurance coverage (on which partner organizations can be named as additional insured) a limited number of loaner bicycles (a full fleet of 35 bikes can be provided for an additional charge).

Partner organizations responsible for providing:

  • Advanced publicity and registration for events open to the public, or prior/post communication with limited participants (such as a school group).
  • Minimum of 6 adults to staff registration tables and rodeo stations at the event, who have received Traffic Skills training at OCBC or elsewhere.
  • A smooth, flat, clean paved area at least 60'x100' (e.g. a car-parking lot with two rows of ten spaces and an aisle between).
  • Printing of provided materials.
  • Registration tables and chairs, available restrooms, and a room with an electric outlet that can be darkened enough for video presentation.

Helmets are required for all rodeo participants.  We can bring loaner helmets, which entails additional health precautions.  Awarding new helmets (and bike locks, if possible) to rodeo "graduates" is a great idea; besides valued basic equipment, it provide a lasting reminder of their accomplishments and learned responsibility. Those and other products like tire levers, patch kits, etc.) can be purchased at a discount from OCBC and brought to the event; or helmets can be obtained from Safe Kids Coalition or other groups. 

There's a very detailed guide for presenting a bike rodeo from Cornell University that can help to plan this popular program. Our Rodeo Outline explains our format, and will help in orienting volunteers on the day of the event, and review their prior training.


We often do minor bike repairs on riders' own bikes as part of the Safety Check station at bike rodeos, and can also provide this as a stand-alone service, often addressing more major repairs.  We'll train community volunteers recruited by the partner organization to do simple jobs like registration, pumping tires, pre-checking bikes, and installing lights, and we bring a team of experienced mechanics with all the parts, tools and supplies they need to fix as many bikes as possible as fast as possible (hence the "fixathon" name!).  We bring a 14' trailer with a full selection of replacement parts including tires, wheels, cables, etc. and 2-4 work stations, to fix up to 50 bikes, so space is also required for people to wait in, and park their bikes. 

Our fee for this service is $500 for a 3 hours event; plus the (very low) cost of parts. (For a gauge, we recently repaired 50+ bikes with 5 mechanics and 5 community volunteers, which comes to less than $10/bike.) At least one month advanced notice is needed for this service. The partner organization must provide at least five volunteers for registration and participant relations; an indoor facility with electricity, water and heat. The partner group is responsible for publicizung the event and registering participants (in advance is preferred), and should host a training for their volunteers in the week before the event (included in the event cost).

Assemblies and other large-group presentations

Presentations to large groups should be scheduled early in the year if a specific time is needed, or one month in advance if not. A computer projector and screen are helpful, and a PA system for outdoor groups larger than 50 is required. Our fee for this program is $200 for up to two hours, with scholarships available for qualifying groups. Standard school assemblies usually address K - 3rd, 4 - 6th, and 7 - 8th separately.

Pre-ride safety talks

For bicycling events held on open roads, as most are, it is important for the safety of the riders — and the liability of the organizers — that participants understand their rights and responsibilities toward other cyclists and traffic, and take responsibility for the mechanical safety of their bikes. OCBC has extensive experience providing this information in a fun and engaging way. These short talks are very much part of our mission, so our fee is minimal, based on travel distance to the event.  Safety talks should be scheduled early in the year, and require a PA system for greater than 50 riders, or enough time to schedule a series of smaller groups.

Customized programs

We are often asked to present bike safety education as part of a larger program, such as Active Living by Design, Safe Routes To Schools, or Bicycle Friendly Communities. A good example of this is the Steps to a Healthier Cleveland program, which we have taught to fourth grade students in ten Cleveland schools, and will continue under the Cleveland Safe Routes to Schools program.

In designing the Steps Bicycle Ed program, we were challenged to leave the most meaningful impression on the greatest number of students in the shortest amount of time, so this program is presented in a series of only three visits: an assembly, an in-class lesson, and an on-bike skills course in the school parking lot. In this setting it was also important for what we taught to relate to standard curriculum, so we customized the program to do that.

Other examples of customized short programs we have designed and presented are large-group safety orientation for charity rides, volunteer training for a community free-bike project, and workplace wellness programs on bike commuting.

We also provide consulting services on safety, mapping, and logistics to organizations presenting bike rides or other events.

 Training for staff and volunteers

We are not going to teach every bike education presentation in the Cleveland area —  there are already more events than we can attend -- so our ultimate goal is to "train the trainers." We can schedule special presentations at OCBC or at other groups' locations; or offer special group rates for our regular classes. If your organization would like more extensive training for staff and/or volunteers to present ongoing bike education programs, please see the Group Membership section of our Membership page.

All our programs can be adapted to your needs: please call Jim at (216)830-2667 for more details, or email

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