We are pleased to once again this month offer the full Cycling Savvy presentation in Portland, Maine. Classes are scheduled for Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27. You may sign up for either the classroom or the skills training separately, or sign up for the entire package, including a newly-revised Tour of Portland on Saturday afternoon. Learn how to confidently navigate Forest Avenue, the Casco Bay Bridge, and features along the way.
I am pleased to introduce a certified co-instructor for this course, Toni Ferrell. Toni took the Cycling Savvy Instructor seminar with me in Orlando in early April, and has since taught several sessions in her town of residence, Fort Myers, FL. She is an architect by trade, and as such, one of the program’s best sidewalk chalk road diagram artists! She has agreed to visit Maine to help me teach this session!
We start on Friday evening, August 26, with the Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling classroom session. This class uses guided discussion with video and animation, to familiarize students with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right and ability to control their space. This class will be held at the Portland Public Services office at 55 Portland Street (map), starting at 6 PM sharp and ending on time at 9 PM. A bike is not required for this class.
Next up is the Train Your Bike skills session on Saturday morning, August 27, starting at 9 AM. This session will take place in the parking lot of the Riverton Community Center (map). It is designed to help you to become more comfortable on your bike, from the basics of starting and stopping through using your brakes and gears, to help you gain confidence for trails or roads. This class may be taken by itself, or as part of the entire package.
After a lunch break, students taking the full package will continue on to the Tour of Portland. We will ride down Forest Avenue and across the Casco Bay Bridge, studying a series of challenge areas and discussing how to approach them. Students will then have the opportunity to try the feature, alone if comfortable or with a partner if not. We will return to the Riverton parking lot by 5 PM.
The classroom and parking lot sessions may be taken á la carte for $30 each, or you may buy the full package for $75.