Bicycle Safety Classes

May 28, 2013
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For the summer of 2013, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Metro offered a series of FREE bicycle safety classes. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

Over the course of three months, July - September, LACBC organized thirty-nine classes that reached a total of three hundred people all over Los Angeles County. The students were all adults; men and women of varying abilities and riding experience.  Through our registration process, here's what we know about those three hundred students.

 • 56% were male

 • 44% were female

 • 30% had been riding a bicycle for 5 years or less.

 • 42% ride 10 miles or less per week.

 • 82% said they ride for recreation and fitness.

 • 33% said they commute by bicycle.

 • 43% said they run errands and shop by bicycle.

 • 37% said they visit friends or take miscellaneous trips by bicycle.

 

There were two different classes to choose from: 

STREET CYCLING SKILLS

This was an in-depth, 8-hour course designed to enable people to ride safely and confidently just about anywhere.

The class was taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The 8-hour course included 4 hours of classroom instruction followed by nearly 4 hours of on-bike instruction. The on-bike portion included a bicycle handling practice session as well as on-road riding to apply the lessons learned in class.

Each class participant received a free helmet, front & rear lights, and educational materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BICYCLING ON THE ROAD: Need to Know

This was a shorter, more basic version of the 8-hour class. At 3 hours, it was much simpler, but provided the essential information needed to ride safely.

The class was taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The 3-hour course included 1 hour of classroom instruction, a 1-hour bicycle handling practice session, and 1 hour of on-road riding.

Each class participant received a free helmet, front & rear lights, and educational materials.

 

 

WHAT'S NEXT?

Currently we are evaluating the summer series of classes to determine the best locations, the best class formats (3-hour vs. 8-hour), and how to fund the next series. We hope to re-launch regular classes in early 2014. Please check back to our website or sign up for our newsletter for updates.