Smart Cycling Classes

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.

Classroom Session I:

This is a 3-hour virtual lecture. This session is a pre-requisite for the Smart Cycling Road Session II. During this class we cover:

  1. Bicycling and the law
  2. Crashes and how to avoid them
  3. How to drive your bike safely in a variety of road, traffic, and weather conditions day or night.

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.
  2. Riding on a variety of local streets and bike paths while practicing proper lane positioning and performing safe and legal turning maneuvers.
  3. About 12 miles of riding with frequent stops. Casual riding pace so feel free to dress for comfort, not for long distance riding. 
  4. A multiple choice exam at the end of the class (available in English or Spanish) and a Certificate of Completion is awarded to graduates.

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.

2021 Schedule

In consideration of Coronavirus-19 safety, in-person indoor classes are cancelled until further notice, but we continue to offer the Classroom Session I online via Zoom. The Road Session II is offered. See the schedule below.

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

Mon Jul 12, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)

Tue Aug 3, 2021: 6-9pm (Free) 

Mon Sep 13, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)

Tue Oct 5, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)

Tue Nov 2, 2021: 6-9pm (Free)

Tue Dec 7, 2021: 6-9pm (Free) 

Tue Jan

Road Session II

Mira Mesa Saturday August 7th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)

Carlsbad Saturday September 11th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)

Oceanside Saturday September 18th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)

Downtown Saturday, October 9th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)
Register by October 1st to receive your study booklet by mail. All attendees get a free water bottle. 
Limit: 15 students

Oceanside Saturday November 6th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)
Register by November 1st to receive your study booklet by mail
Limit: 15 students

Mira Mesa Saturday December 11th, 2021: 9am-3pm (Free)
Register by December 3rd to receive your study booklet by mail
Limit: 15 students

Bicycle Instructors wanted!

Interested in taking your skills to the next level with the League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor Training?

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!

Videos on Youtube