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LAB League Cycling Instructor Certification – Re-Scheduled to 10/2-10/4, 2020

LAB League Cycling Instructor Program to be held ONLINE in Santa Fe.

Teaching adults or children to ride safely and confidently is a fun and satisfying way to improve our community and reduce the carbon footprint.

Bike Santa Fe will be hosting the second local League Cycling Instructor training program. Because of the pandemic, the in-class portions will be online.  Skill drills in a parking lot will be video’d and uploaded for the coaches to review.  It will be hosted October 2-4, 2020. The program will certify up to a dozen new bicycle instructors in the League of American Bicyclists’ nationally recognized training program. All local, state-wide or regional cyclists who have completed LAB Smart Cycling are welcome to sign up.
“To be able to hold this training program in Santa Fe is a major step in the development of local bicycling,” says Gary Schiffmiller, president and lead instructor for Bike Santa Fe, the primary local bicycle advocacy organization. “With the addition of 12 new instructors to our roster we can move forward in providing bicycle safety programs in the public schools, to law enforcement officers, to civic employees and to a wide cross section of community groups who would like to ride more safely and confidently on Santa Fe’s streets and trails.”

The LCI training program has been devised by the League of American Bicyclists to train instructors to teach the LAB Smart Cycling course, kids classes and Bike Friendly Driver classes. The course will be taught by National League Coach Vanessa Bissey-Beard. Anyone interested can sign up for the class by September 1, 2020 through this link: https://www.bikeleague.org/content/seminar-schedule

Among those who have signed up for the LCI program in recent days are school teachers, attorneys, business leaders and several active recent retirees, all dedicated to helping make Santa Fe a stronger cycling community. Last year this class filled and we sent certified instructors back home across the state!

The current cost of the class is $350. After 2020 it will be increasing to $500. In future years, thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis Foundation Zozobra Grant Program, a small number of scholarships may be available for teachers.
All interested participants will be required to be members of LAB and to have completed the LAB Smart Cycling class 30 days prior to the LCI class. A Smart Cycling class will be held in Santa Fe during August to prepare potential candidates. http://www.bikesantafe.org/bsf/smart-skills-2018/.

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