Confident Cycling Education in Eugene

You hear people complain about ‘scofflaw cyclists’ all the time. Although I don’t think we’re going to get those who are totally blowing through stop signs, red lights, and crosswalks with pedestrians into a BikeEd class, I do think it’s a great idea for all cyclists to learn a bit more about good riding skills. Even those who consider themselves “experienced cyclists” would benefit from a League of American Bicyclists class.  Being a well-educated rider doesn’t only makes you a shining ambassador for all road users;  it also gives you some great skills and puts to words what you might already be practicing so that you can easily pass that information onto friends and family who might be interested in riding more.

Luckily, here in Eugene we have a great bike education program going through the Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARs).  Classes are cheap at only $10 for the full 9-hour “Street Skills 101” class and $5 to free for the 3-hour “Traffic Skills for Families” class thanks to sponsorship and fundraising efforts by GEARs and its members. These “Confident Cycling” courses offer beginner and advanced riders loads of great information and they put more responsible, educated, confident, and skilled riders on the road.    Why not be one of them? Register now.

GEARs offers Confident Cycling Classes for Everyone

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.

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