Online course: Smart Cycling

These pages comprise the classroom portion of Smart Cycling, cycling safety and effectiveness courses offered by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). The mission of LAB is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The underlying principle of all LAB educational programs is this:

“Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.” (John Forester: Effective Cycling)

You’ll start with Riding 101 (bike types, basic bike fitting, very simple maintenance, clothing and gear, and the fundamental “Rules of the Road”). Then, three additional levels are offered:

  • Riding 201
    • Shifting Gears
    • Where to Ride on the Road
    • Bike Infrastructure
    • Crashes and Hazards
  • Riding 301
    • Riding in a Group
    • Sharing Paths and Trails
    • Riding in the Rain
    • Changing Weather
    • Riding at Night
    • City Riding
  • Riding 401
    • Long Distances
    • Drafting and Pacelines
    • Climbing and Descending
    • Highways

You may choose to complete any or all of the modules. There is an assessment at the end of each level to determine how well you’ve learned the material. After you complete the online section(s), there is an on-bike portion of the course. Please contact us to schedule that portion.

We’ll use the information from the assessments to craft a short customized classroom session that will address any areas of need, and to answer any questions you may have. That will be followed by an on-bike session in which you will learn hazard avoidance skills and practice the principles you’ve learned on the road.

Until we see you again, get out there and ride your bike!

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