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Supporting safe bicycling in and around Charlottesville

sept2013flyerAs part of its efforts to promote safe bicycling in Charlottesville, the City is offering free pilot classes for Charlottesville residents!

Environmental Sustainability, Parks and Recreation, and Neighborhood Development Services have joined forces to offer classes that will focus on skill drills and on-bike practice, and will include information about bicycle rules of the road and how to ride safely. Whether you’re looking for improvement tips or the basics, there’s a class for you!

All classes will be offered at Washington Park, upper parking lot next to the pool - an enclosed parking lot separated from vehicle traffic. Participants are requested to bring a bicycle in working condition and helmet to the class. A limited number of bicycles may be available to borrow, but participants must contact the instructor in advance to confirm.

Download flyer to the right (pdf)
Email the class instructors

 

Register for the Classes
through Parks and Recreation online, over the phone, in-person, or by mail.  (view how)

Parks and Recreation's Online Registration
(classes are listed under the Activity Type "Outdoors")

 

Class Descriptions

Skillz and Drillz - Children’s Bicycle Classes: 
Build your child’s skills, confidence, and knowledge on a bike in this fun, engaging class. Classes will include information regarding safety, rules of the road, and bicycle function as well as on-bike drills and practice of handling skills. Children should already have the ability to ride with balance on a two-wheeler without training wheels before enrolling in this class.

Participants are expected to bring their own bicycle, helmet, and water. A snack for after the class is suggested. Bicycles and helmets may be available to borrow, but parents should confirm with the instructor in advance at: bikeclass@charlottesville.org.

Confident Everyday Bicycling - Ages 15+ and Adults:
For people who want to practice their bike handling skills and know how to ride safely while getting around town. Class will aims to increase confidence and knowledge of riding safely on Charlottesville city streets including skills such as using hand signals, understanding of local road markings/signage, positioning in road, merging when bike lanes end, smooth & stable reaction to obstacles, and bike function. The bulk of class time will be spent on bike doing drills. Class will end with a short ride to practice what we have learned on the city streets.

Participants are expected to bring their own bike in working order, helmet, and water. A light snack is suggested. Bicycles may be available to borrow, but participants should confirm with the instructor in advance at: bikeclass@charlottesville.org.

 

These classes aim to support an increased number of people bicycling around Charlottesville and the associated health, environmental, and economic benefits. Click below for more information about:

 Biking in Charlottesville
 the City of Charlottesville's community-wide emissions