Smart Cycling Class Offered in the Heights

East-siders have an opportunity – rare in the Heights – to take a course to become confident riders, taught by a League of American Bicyclists’ certified instructor. The Heights Bicycle Coalition is offering a Smart Cycling class for adults on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Heights High School, 13263 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights.

Through the class, anyone hankering to use a bicycle to get around town, for errands, commuting to work, exercise and fun can become confident in bike skills, informed about rules of the road and about basic bicycle equipment and safety.

The class will help people decide on the right bike for them, how to perform quick-checks for safety before starting to ride, what to wear, how to maintain a bicycle and operate it efficiently, and how to get around safely on streets and trails.

The Smart Cycling class gives the tips, tools, and techniques to operate a bicycle confidently. The course includes classroom instruction and bike handling drills in the parking lot. Participants can also take an exam to become certified for safe, fun riding.

Knowing what it takes to be a more confident cyclist will encourage class participants to ride more.  That can save money and time and increase fitness, health and happiness. For summer fun all summer long, class participants can join the Heights Bicycle Coalition’s free and open-to-all Free Wheelin’ Wednesday group rides. (Watch for an article listing Free Wheelin’ Wednesday rides in the June Great Lakes Courier.)

The Smart Cycling instructor will be League Certified Instructor (LCI) Wendy Soucie, a local cyclist who has volunteered with the Ohio City Bicycle Coop, rides with the Western Reserve Wheelers and paddles a kayak or hikes when not on two wheels.

Pay just $12 for materials and a snack. Register by May 1 at   Contact Joy Henderson for more information:

Mary Dunbar

Mary Dunbar, president, Heights Bicycle Coalition

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.07.2013