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Smart Cycling 2020

Next Class: TBD Post Coronavirus   Thurs  @ 6pm and Sat @ 9.00 am              

Class cost is $30 per student*.

To Register: Please go to the League of America Bicyclists website to register and pay for class. Or once registered, please pay by clicking the bike-zia button below.

 $20 class pymt

Smart Cycling is 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 certified 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.

The training is one evening and a full weekend day. Maximum class size is 15.  There is a written exam and on-bike skills are graded leading to a Smart Cycling certificate which is a necessary prerequisite to taking the LAB League Cycling Instructor (LCI) training and a generally good certification for teachers, scouting leaders, city councilors, county supervisors, police, planners, road contracting employees, engineers and sustainability coordinators.  Below is the normal schedule, which can be adapted for pre-arranged groups.

Thursdays–  6-9 pm  A classroom session where you get to practice changing a flat, then review the online curriculum and instruction manual. It is very important to review/study the online material (approx. 4 hours of material) before the class. When available, an attorney specializing in bike law joins us for a discussion.

Saturdays9-4 pm (with Sunday as a rain date)– are for the on-bike portion of the class. We will practice drills in a 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. Instructors escort and evaluate from behind. Normally meets in the parking lot of the South Capital Complex (State office building) adjacent to South Capital Station  at 9 am and finishes about 4 pm.

Please note. Bike Santa Fe has added two new features to the standard LAB curriculum. Catherine Rivard, a leading local bike injury/accident attorney will give a brief presentation on the essential steps to take in the event of an accident.  Also, hands-on flat repair will be a feature of the Thursday evening session. To pass the class, you will be required to show that you can proficiently change a bike tire…

Before the class: When you have registered and paid we will send you links to the online portion of the class.  It is essential that these are reviewed prior to the class.

For the on-bike session, a bicycle in working order and a helmet ARE REQUIRED.

There will be a lunch break on the Saturday.  We encourage eating as a group to get to know your colleagues and ask instructors questions. It also gets us back on the road together.

If the weather makes the on-bike section of the class impossible, then a further attempt will be made the following day-Sunday, or the following weekend.

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