This Saturday, June 28, BikeArlington and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are hosting our Confident City Cycling Class. To be a confident city cyclist, there are many things you need to know. Here are the topics which will be discussed in this FREE class:
Rules of the Road: Knowing is half the battle! Did you know that you have to adhere to the same rules of the road as a car or truck does? Did you know that you have the same rights that the operator of a car or truck does? Well its true- you do! Our course offers some great tips and tricks for safely and legally using our roadways.
Avoiding the Common Causes of Crashes: Believe it or not, most crashes are avoidable. Learn what to do if a car turns suddenly in front of you, if you have to stop suddenly, what to do to avoid the dreaded car door and much more!
Lane Positioning: Do you ever feel like cars are passing you too closely or running you into the gutter? Learn proper lane positioning to encourage drivers to pass you at a safe distance. Also learn how to safely cross lanes of traffic in order to made turns or avoid obstacles in the road.
Improving Pedaling Efficiency: Bicycling shouldn’t be backbreaking work! The bicycle is one of the most efficient inventions of all time- make the most of it! Learn how to shift gears in anticipation of a hill, achieve a good cadence, and minimize the wear and tear on your knees.
Useful Accessory Equipment: We all know you need a helmet, but learn some other helpful and handy equipment to make your ride more enjoyable.
Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair: Everyone who rides a bike should know some basic repair and maintenance skills. Learn how to change a flat tire and other emergency repair tips.
The notion of using our bikes to get where we need to go, rather than simply for recreation, can be a transformational idea. Let BikeArlington and WABA mentor you as you explore this step, and enjoy the benefits of better health, lower fuel costs, freedom from parking woes, and more FUN!
This class is to be held June 28, 1-4pm at the Fairlington Recreation Center (3308 Stafford St.). To register for this free class, visit WABA.
Paul DeMaio, BikeArlington