Education

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition provides classes and workshops to the public, many of which are completely free. Please see our event calendar for upcoming workshops.

Smart Cycling (TS 101): 

This two part course will get you comfortable on the road and ready to commute or make those short trips to the store, library, or park. This course includes Session 1, a 3-hour classroom lecture, and Session 2, a 6-hour road riding lesson. You will learn the following: proper bike & helmet fit, safety tips for riding in traffic, techniques for navigating hazardous roads, emergency maneuvers, using public transit with a bike, your legal rights and responsibilities. You will also receive instruction in basic bicycle adjustments. Children under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 

VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION:

Session 1 of this two part class is available online. We offer the 3-hour lecture portion in a virtual setting where a League of American Bicyclists Certified instructor takes your through an interactive presentation about the rules of the road, statistics, safety, where to ride and more. (Note: To receive a certificate of completion for this course, you must also complete Session 2.) 

Basic Bike Skills Class:

Not comfortable on the road? Get ready for your commute as we cover general bike safety, legal rights and responsibilities, and emergency maneuver skills. Course includes 1.5 hour classroom learning, 2.5 hours on bike drills/on-road riding. There will be a break for lunch, where we will ride to a restaurant. You can also pack your own lunch.  Children under 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. 

VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION:

The 1.5 hour lecture is also available online. A League of American Bicyclists Certified instructor will lead you through an interactive slide show, covering everything from traffic safety to basic bike maintenance tips. 

Bicycle Friendly Driver Course:

Motorists and cyclists have the same rights on the road, but we often feel like very different beings when we are navigating the streets. Riding two abreast, exiting bike lanes, passing traffic…many of these maneuvers are legal, but do you know where and when? 

Our Bicycle Friendly Driver Course follows the League of American Bicyclists’ curriculum. Learn the road rules as they apply to both cars and bicycles in this 1.5 hours class. We’ll teach you how to drive legally and respectfully as you share roadways with people on bikes. 

VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION:

This information is valuable to motorists and cyclists alike. Learn to be a bike friendly driver with our online class offering. 

Bikes in Schools

We offer a variety of courses for youth through the iCommute program including:

  • School Assemblies on Traffic Safety
  • Encouragement Rides
  • Bike Rodeos
  • A online Traffic Safety Module

School Assemblies:

Elementary Safety Assemblies are a great way to get information about walking and biking safely to students from Kindergarten through 6th grade. This interactive 40 minute presentation covers the basics of walking and biking to school in a fun and exciting format. We cover helmet fit, bike rules, street crossing tips, driver communication, sidewalk riding, and more! This event can handle up to 250 students per assembly. 

School Community Rides:

Community Rides offer kids and parents an opportunity to ride with a certified instructor around their own neighborhood. This ride is a way to utilize a road setting to practice new bike handling skills and best practices in a group setting. Bikes are for transportation as much as fun, and this ride helps to reinforce that.  The ride uses separated bicycle facilities and roads with low traffic volume whenever possible.

Bike Rodeos:
A Bicycle Rodeo is a bicycle skills event, taught on a school playground or parking lot, which provides an opportunity for kids and teens to practice and develop skills that will help them become better bicyclist and avoid typical crashes. Its objective is to teach children and teens the importance of seeing, being seen and remain under control at all times when riding a bicycle. This is achieved through a series of bicycle handling drills and simulation of traffic situations. Bicycle skills stations give students the opportunity to practice a variety of specific bike handling skills and procedures for operating a bike legally and more safely on the street.

Biking with Kids:

As a parent, mentor, or ride leader, it’s your responsibility to set an excellent example for young riders. We know that riding with kids, especially in a city setting, can be intimidating, even if you’re a skilled rider. Protect your young riders by learning how and where to properly ride with them.

Join us for a 1-hour class all about how to ride with kids. Gain confidence in your skills by learning the rules of the road, how to be most visible and how to ride predictably. This class includes information on best practices, route mapping and bike skills you can practice at home.

VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION:

We offer the same 1-hour class online.

Bike Education for Employers

For employers we work with iCommute to offer educational events and workshops including:

  • Group Rides
  • Presentations on Bike Commuting
  • Bike Tune Ups for your Employees
  • A Guided Bike Maintenance Workshop

Group Ride:

If you would like an introduction to road riding, riding in a group or just a nice morning out with some fun bicyclists, this is a ride for you.  The rides are typically 4-5 miles, mostly flat on separated facilities and lightly traveled roads. We do it at a pace that encourages talking and interaction. We talk a lot, stop a lot, while having fun and getting information about riding in various situations. No one is ever left behind.

Brown Bag Presentation:

This 45 minute presentation is intended for employees during the lunch hour. The Bike Coalition will schedule a bike safety and bike commuting presentation that provides safety tips, information on the law, and a question and answer portion for curious new commuters. 

VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION:

Our Brown Bag Presentation is also available as a virtual class. We connect with your employees via teleconferencing application and teach an interactive lesson in bike commuting, road safety and traffic laws. 

To learn more about our classes and workshops, contact Sylvie Froncek, Programs Director at sylvie@sdbikecoalition.org

Health and Wellness Classes

We offer more than just bike safety classes!

Check out our events page to find upcoming bike themed classes that support your mental and physical health, self-confidence and more!

  • Bike Yoga
  • Bike Fitting and Comfort 
  • Basic Bike Maintenance
  • Painting and Crafting