Next Class: Thurs 26th of April @ 6pm and Sat 28th April @ 9.00 am.
The gold standard for any bicyclist who wants to be a safer, smarter and more confident rider in and around urban traffic…and have the leading national qualification to prove it. Smart Cycling is devised and accredited by the League of American Bicyclists and taught in Santa Fe exclusively by Bike Santa Fe’s nationally licensed instructors. Some of the most skilled and experienced riders in Santa Fe have taken Smart Cycling – every participant whatever their riding level comes away surprised and impressed with new perspectives and riding skills gained..
We are trying a new approach to this year class. We have reduced classroom time to one session of about 3 hours. We will ask you to review the curriculum online at your convenience. It is very important that you actually do review/study the material before the class on 26 April. The class on the 26th will be primarily to review areas that need clarification, so make notes as you do the online portion about what you may want to cover more thoroughly on the 26th.
April 28 will be the on-bike portion of the class. We will do drills in the parking lot in the morning (skills such as scanning/signaling, and also emergency maneuvers such as quick stop, instant turn, and rock dodge). The afternoon will consist of actually riding on city streets and using your new skills (hopefully not the emergency moves).
To sign up for Smart Cycling – Please contact us at the phone number listed below or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the class. The online course is free. The classroom, drills and testing the charge is $20 which we ask you to pay in advance. (We have had an issues with folks saying they will come, but not showing up.) You can make a credit card payment by phone or send a check to Bike Santa Fe, PO Box 6181, Santa Fe 87502. The fee is primarily to cover the cost of a Smart Cycling manual, which will be yours to keep.
Then access and register for the online course at: http://www.bikeed.org/courseIntro.aspx
Also, there is a series of very short videos (1-2 minutes each) that may be worth checking out at: http://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos
You can also review much of what is in the online course at: http://bikeleague.org/content/smart-cycling-tips-0
Please bring your helmet and bike to the April 26 session, so we can check your helmet fit and show you how to wear it correctly. We would also like you to be able demonstrate some of the skills from the online course with your own bicycle (e.g., the “ABC Quick check”).
For the on-bike session, HELMETS WILL BE REQUIRED. We will also plan on taking a lunch break between the morning skills practice and the afternoon ride.
The location and time of the April 26 classroom session will be at the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) office (500 Market Street, Suite 200, above REI in the Railyard) at 6pm.
The on-bike session will be at the parking lot of the South Capital Complex (State office building) adjacent to South Capital Station on April 28 at 9 am.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Gary Schiffmiller League Certified Instructor #2839