The new Google Maps “Bike There” feature has further bridged the information gap between novice and expert riders. Now visitors to Eugene and novice riders, who don’t have an experienced knowledge of Eugene’s bike routes, have safe and scenic routing information available at the tips of their fingers. However, while Google Maps has made it easy to find a safe cycling route between point A and point B, a rider still may not feel entirely confident or safe riding alone or with their children in traffic or on multi-use paths.
Luckily, the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs) already has a series of cycling classes in place to help educate new, experienced, and youth riders about how to bicycle safely, confidently, and legally in traffic and on the multi-use paths. For experienced riders the classes do more than just teach safety – they also educate about how traffic laws apply to cyclists, lane positioning, cyclist rights, flat fixing, and safety checks. The classes are worthwhile no matter what your experience level, and the instructors are friendly and inviting.
The Confident Cycling Classes are offered in a variety of formats, times, and locations. They are taught by experienced League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors and range from $5 to $10, depending on the class.
To view the schedule and register for classes please visit the GEARS Confident Cycling Classes website. The below class descriptions are quoted directly from the website. (emphasis mine)
2010 Confident Cycling Classes
These classes teach cyclists the laws, skills and technique to give riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers state laws as they pertain to bike riders, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. This class offers certification by the League of American Bicyclists at the successful completion of this course. This is a 9 hr. class and it is offered in both a 2 part option (1 weekday and a Saturday) and a 3 part option (3 weekdays). Cost is just $10.
Traffic Skills for Families
Designed for parents & kids, this 3-hour class will guide bike riders in law, skills and technique to build awareness and confidence for riding on the streets. Topics covered include: how to perform a bicycle safety check, helmet fitting, bike sizing and basic traffic skills to be safe on your bike. Students may be divided into two groups, grades K-5 and 6-9 if needed. This is a 3 hour class in 1 part. Cost is just $5.
To register for any of the above classes, please complete the online Registration here.
* The cost of the classes is subsidized by GEARs, its partners, and its sponsors. The multi-session classes have a $10 materials fee, and the single session class have a $5 materials fee.
Bicycling is safe, easy, and very fun – especially in Eugene. If you know someone who might want to ride but is unsure, nervous, or overwhelmed – please direct them to one of these classes. Help them live the good life!