How to bike confidently and safely
A bicycle street-skills class can boost your confidence — and keep you safer on the road.
Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 01:30 PM
Still too scared to get on a bike in the city? Try taking a bicycle street-skills class
, taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors across the country, to boost your confidence.
The League of American Bicyclists offers a number of courses, from Road I, a quick crash course on vehicular cycling, to commuting, a short class to specifically help those who’d like to bike to work. Kids can take their own classes, too!
Why take a class? You’ll get added confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic. Plus, you’ll pick up some handy tips — like performing bike safety checks or fixing a flat — to make your biking lifestyle more self-sufficient. I took a basic street-skills class a while back and feel much safer because I’m a much more defensive bicyclist. I know what to watch out for and how to avoid dangerous situations on the road.
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