Registration: Traffic Skills Ride (Saturday, 26 Aug 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

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 graduation certificate), 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.

Intro to Bike Traffic Skills is held at OCBC at 9:00am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of April -- September Students should bring their own bike and helmet (or loaners are available), and should have done the paperwork stuff below. 

Here's some orientation information and homework to get the most from the class:
You'll clock in for class when you arrive and help yourself to coffee and snacks, etc. The first few minutes we'll share bike crash stories and talk about the "Seven Layers of Safety." Then we'll do some bike-handling drills in the parking lot and take a ride to practice some of the things we have talked about.
Students under 14 must be accompanied by an adult student who is a legal guardian, or designated by them on a signed parental release form. Students under 18 must have a signed parental release form.

Students should have their bikes, helmets and locks ready to go (loaner bikes are available-- please contact us before class if you need one). You must have a helmet to ride in this class. We have loaner helmets, or some for sale ($20), if you don't have one. Wear shoes and clothes that are comfortable, or that you ride in most often (but no sandals, saggy pants, or hairstyles that will make helmet fit difficult).  If you regularly wear cleated shoes with "clip-in" pedals, that's fine, but know that you will be un-cliping a lot.  Bring any medication you need (such as an asthma inhaler) regularly or in an emergency.

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.

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