The Smart Cycling Program is a great opportunity to learn how to ride your bike safely! The program is offered in 2 sessions. A 3 hr Classroom Session orients you to best cycling practices, followed by a ~6 hr Road Session where you put what you learned in the classroom to practice. The curriculum is certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and taught across the USA. Your instructors have been certified by the LAB to teach Smart Cycling.
The Smart Cycling Classroom Session I:
This 3-hour virtual lecture covers bicycling and the law, crashes and how to avoid them, as well as how to drive your bike safely in a variety of road, traffic, and weather conditions day or night. Your instructors have extensive commuting, touring, group and club riding experience. This session is a pre-requisite for the Smart Cycling Road Session II.
The Smart Cycling Road Session II:
This 6-hour in person class is for students who have completed the Classroom Session I. It includes (1) parking lot drills where you will increase your bike handling skills and learn some emergency maneuvers to avoid motor vehicle collisions and (2) riding on a variety of local streets and bike paths while practicing proper lane positioning and performing safe and legal turning maneuvers. We ride about a total of 15 miles and much of the class time is spent working on skills drills.
Smart Cycling Class Schedule and Registration Links
Smart Cycling is taught by the SD County Bike Coalition monthly and alternates between venues in Oceanside and Mira Mesa. Other classes are scheduled as needed. Currently the Oceanside classes are offered free courtesy of a grant from the City of Oceanside and include a lunch during the road session. The Mira Mesa classroom session at Qualcomm requires a nominal fee of $25 that also entitles you to a SD County Bike Coalition Membership upon graduation.
In consideration of Coronavirus-19 safety, in-person indoor classes are cancelled until further notice, but we continue to offer the Classroom sessions online via Zoom. The On Road sessions are beginning to be offered and will be posted here as they become available.
Click on the date of your preferred class to register.
A minimum of 6 students is required for each session. If the minimum is not met, students may be moved to a later class.
Classroom (session I)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Jan 5, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Feb 2, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Mar 2, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Apr 6, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue May 4, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Jun 1, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Mon Jul 12, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Aug 3, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Mon Sep 13, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Oct 5, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Nov 2, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Dec 7, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)
Practice your road skills at home!
There are some essential maneuvers that you’ll learn during your Smart Cycling Session II class.
Check out the video links below to learn more about these skills and practice at home!