Traffic Skills 101

League of American Bicyclists LogoThe City of Albuquerque is about to gear up for the 2014 Season of cycling classes. If you do not live in Albuquerque and want to learn more about bicycle safety, please visit your city’s website to find out more information.

There are a few events coming up this week and I will update this information as the season continues. Additionally, you can keep current with this information by going to the bike resource page, which will help navigate you to the CABQ website.

City Cycling

Dates: Monday February 10, March 10, 2014, and April 21, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Location:  Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop, 5600 Esperanza Dr NW (MAP)

Cost:  $10 per participant and payment is due at the time of the class, cash or checks are accepted

Contact to Sign-Up: Registration is required; please contact Esperanza by phone (505) 244-6668 or email esperanza@cabq.gov to enroll.

Class Topics: Learn to cycle safely in Albuquerque as a vehicular cyclist for fitness, commuting, or recreation. This three hour seminar covers diverse topics including the rights and responsibilities of road users, traffic law, tips for comfortable riding, and much more.

*You do not need to bring your bicycle for this class.*

Traffic Skills 101

Date:     Tuesday March 11, 2014

Time:     9:00am-3:00 pm

Location:  Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop, 5600 Esperanza Dr NW (MAP)

Cost:      $10 per participant

Contact to Sign-Up:  Hugh Hulse, hhulse@cabq.gov, 505-224-6669

Materials needed:   Comfortable riding clothes, sunscreen, bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks. If you need a bicycle or helmet, let Hugh know in advance

Class Topics: Basic bicycle mechanics, Helmet and bike fit, Pre-ride safety check, Gear selection, Traffic laws, Lane positioning & crash avoidance, and Emergency maneuvers

Bike Mechanics I

Dates: Friday March 14, 2014

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location:  Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop, 5600 Esperanza Dr NW (MAP)

Cost:  $10 per participant and payment is due at the time of the class, cash or checks are accepted

Contact to Sign-Up: Registration is required; please contact Esperanza by phone (505) 244-6668 or email esperanza@cabq.gov to enroll.

Class Topics: Learn the fundamentals of the basic tune-up, shifting systems and brake systems. Learn maintenance skills and techniques, and gain the confidence you need to maintain your own bike. This 2 hour class is in a seminar format and no previous knowledge of bicycle mechanics is necessary.

*You do not need to bring your bicycle for this class.*

League of American Bicyclists Instructor Certification Seminar (LCI Seminar)

Dates & Times:   Wednesday April  9, 2014 5:00-9:00pm, Thursday April 10 8:00am- 1 hour after sunset, Friday April 11 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop, 5600 Esperanza Dr NW (MAP)

Cost: $300 per participant, and League of American Bicyclists Membership ($40/year). You must register by Friday March 21, 2014

Contact to Sign-Up: Chuck Malagodi, cmalagodi@cabq.gov, 505-768-BIKE (2453)

Online Registration: http://bikeleague.org/content/seminar-schedule

Prerequisite: Traffic Skills 101

Materials Needed: bicycle in good working order, helmet, sunscreen, lunch, snacks and drinks

Course Description: The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The Seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Traffic Skills 101 curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot. The seminar is normally one evening and two full days. Generally, 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so students should be prepared to ride.

This course certifies you to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI). With this certification you can teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults in the League of American Bicyclists education program. The goal is to be able to teach people to be more secure on the bicycle and create a mindset that bicycles are treated as a vehicle and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safety and legally. This seminar is an intense 3-day training. With the certification, instructors active in the bicycling community are covered by the League’s liability insurance.

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