Do you feel safe & confident cycling in traffic? (Yes? That’s wonderful!) If not, join us–and you will!
June 6 & June 8
Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling (classroom session) 6 – 9 PM Thursday, June 6, at Cafe Ventana in the Central West End, $15
Train Your Bike (bike handling session) 8 – 11 AM on Saturday, June 8, on the parking lot of the Church of Latter Day Saints in the Central West End, $15
Tour of St. Louis will begin after lunch (1 – 4:30 PM) on Saturday, June 8 (Completion of other two sessions is required), $15
You can go anywhere by bike! We’ll show you how.
Experience cycling empowerment to act as a a confident, equal road user. You will learn strategies for safe, stress-free integrated cycling and come away with the tools to read and problem-solve any new traffic situation or road configuration.map)
Learn the truth and techniques of traffic cycling. Through guided discussion with videos and animations, this classroom-based session familiarizes students with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right, ability and responsibility to control their space on public roadways.
3905 McPherson Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108 (map)
This session is conducted in a parking lot. It consists of a set of progressive drills designed to increase students’ control and comfort handling their bikes in various situations. Drills include:
- Starting, stopping & balance
- Understanding gearing
- Slow balance drill (Snail Race)
- Acceleration drill (drag race)
- Straight-line riding
- Turning: Cone weave
- Turning: Follow the leader
- Turning: Rock dodge
- Turning: High-speed cornering
- Turning: Snap turn
- Quick stop
In three short fun hours, you will learn to command your bike with precision and confidence.
Great Rivers Greenway is matching the registration fee for all participants. A $30 value, this session is available as a stand-alone class for $15.
*To participate in the Tour of St. Louis, students must have completed both “Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling” and “Train Your Bike” (the classroom and parking lot sessions). The Tour of St. Louis is about 10 miles long, and will proceed at a pace of 10-12 miles/hour.
Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (After “Train Your Bike,” participants will bike as a group to lunch at St. Louis Bread Company, and begin the Tour of St. Louis after lunch. At the end of the Tour, participants will bike as a group back to the parking lot of the Church of Latter Day Saints)
This session is an experiential tour of St. Louis roads. The course includes some of the most intimidating road features (including intersections, interchanges and merges) a cyclist might find in his or her travels. Students travel as a group, stopping to survey and discuss each exercise location. After observing the feature, discussing the traffic dynamics and the best strategy for safe and easy passage, the students ride through individually and regroup at a nearby location.
This session is designed to give you the confidence and skills to handle any situation you might encounter while riding your bicycle in the metro St. Louis area.