Last Saturday, we kicked off the fall education season with our first City Cycling class of the season. We met Saturday morning in Jones Point Park, where the Mount Vernon Trail crosses under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. After discussing the basics of helmet use and fit, and helping students get to know their bikes a bit better, our instructors set up a series of skill-building exercises.
Instructor Allyson Brown gives students the lowdown on brakes.
Instructor Sam Mazur showing off a Capital Bikeshare bike.
We believe confidence comes from controlling your bike in everyday situations, so we start with the basics and students progress from there. The exercises gradually get more complex and we try to mimic the situations and challenges riders may encounter on the roads and trails, all in safe and controlled space.
Students navigating the course during exercises.
A pair of students gets a feel for braking from behind the saddle.
Instructor Allyson Brown demonstrating an avoidance weave.
A student successfully pulling off the instant turn.
After a short break, everyone gets ready for a ride. Half the group took advantage of the Mount Vernon trail to practice safe passing, trail etiquette and communication skills before venturing out into a quiet neighborhood nearby. The other half explored Old Town Alexandria’s bike routes, rode alongside drivers, and even practiced taking control of the travel lane.
Instructor Brenda Ruby leads the group on the Mount Vernon trail.
You can never be too courteous when passing pedestrians on trails.
Taking the lane on Cameron St. in Old Town Alexandria.
Instructor Sam Mazur makes sure no riders get left behind.
When the riders returned, they were full of smiles and ready to turn around and get back out there! They left with new skills, more confidence, and a wealth of new information, helpful tips, maps, and guides. We know they’ll be out there riding well and helping other cyclists.
If you haven’t taken a City Cycling class yet, now’s the time! You can check out our upcoming fall schedule here. All classes cost $10 to reserve a space, or you can walk-up to any class for free. Riding a bike in the city is for everybody, come on out and get started!