Elm City Cycling is partnering with the New Haven Transportation, Traffic and Parking department to offer a monthly series of bicycle education classes, based on the Smart Cycling curriculum developed by the League of American Bicyclists and tailored to the needs of riders in the urban environment. Completion of all three monthly sessions will fulfill the prerequisite for pursuing certification as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI).
Smart Cycling Session 1: Basics of Bicycling (April 21, 2018. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
The first session in the series will cover the basics of bicycling and is geared towards beginning riders. Topics will include: choosing a bicycle, fitting a helmet, conducting a pre-ride safety check, making simple adjustments and basic handling skills such as smooth starting and stopping, changing gears, and scanning and signaling before turns.
Smart Cycling Session 2: Bicycling in Traffic (May 19, 2018. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
The second session will build confidence in navigating traffic. Topics will include the principles of traffic law, choosing the right lane and lane position, turning and changing lanes and hazard avoidance drills.
Smart Cycling Session 3: On the Road (June 23, 2018 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
The third session will focus on ways to increase enjoyment while riding. Topics will include understanding gearing and cadence, nutrition and hydration, riding on shared paths and trails, riding with groups. Session 3 will include an assessment of practical road skills.