waba@waba.org
Phone: 202.518.0524
Fax: 202.518.0936

Washington Area
Bicyclist Association
2599 Ontario Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Adult Bicyclist Education

 

WABA offers education programs that encourage more cyclists to ride to work by hosting Learn to Ride and Confident City Cycling series of on-bike classes on most weekends from late March through November. Participants of all levels are encouraged to attend these 3 hour classes which will have options for multiple skill levels. Additionally, in Arlington, 1 ½ hour weekday “Two Wheel Tuesdays” seminars will be offered at select locations. Commuter Seminar brown bag sessions throughout the Washington area are offered upon request.

Learn

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Learn to Ride (L2R)

Are you an adult who never learned how to ride a bike? Now is your chance to learn! Come to WABA's adult first time riders class and learn to ride a bike. We use a successful technique that allows riders to keep both feet on the ground. Taking a "spin class" at your local health club beforehand can help. Bikes provided by request during registration. Certain jurisdictions may require a fee. See upcoming courses...

Trails and Traffic

Commuting Seminar (CS)

For adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school by bike. This 1 hour class can be tailored to fit a 'brown bag' situation taught at your business and covers route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding. Commuter Seminars throughout the Washington area are offered upon request. A fee may apply.

Confident City Cycling (CCC)

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Participants of all levels are encouraged to attend these 3 hour classes which will have options for multiple skill levels ranging from simple bike handling skills and using trails, to learning avoidance maneuvers and riding with traffic.

The "Trails" group will discover basic bicycling information and on-bike skills such as: bicycle selection, fit, inspection, gearing, cadence, clothing, accessories, bike handling basics like starting and stopping, riding straight, scanning and signaling

The "Traffic" group will explore vehicular cycling principles, roadway positioning, lane changes, turns and parking lot drills to learn avoidance maneuvers.

On-line study is recommended prior to arriving at class by registering and completing the material on www.bikeed.org.

Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets, and water. Clipless/SPD shoes/pedals are not recommended for this class. Participants will be required to sign liability waivers. Certain jurisdictions may require a fee. See upcoming courses...

Confident City Cycling Evaluation  

This is the evaluation module designed to test student knowledge of the Confident City Cycling material. The first half is an in-class written evaluation and the second half is an on-bike evaluation. Participants must bring their own bikes, helmets, and water. Participants will be required to sign liability waivers. Certain jurisdictions may require a fee. See upcoming courses...

Traffic Skills (TS101)

Gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age sixteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. TS101 classes throughout the Washington area are offered upon request.  A fee may apply.

Challenge

Group Riding (GR)

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To ride safely in a group, you should first be familiar with the techniques for riding predictably, on public roadways, as an individual — such skills as proper lane positioning and emergency bike handling. However, cycling in a group such as during a charity ride places added responsibilities on each cyclist, so all must understand and practice the principles of group riding. Group Riding classes throughout the Washington area are offered upon request. A fee may apply.

Teach

Bicycling Skills 123: Youth (BS123):

A 2 hour training seminar for community volunteers who want to learn how to host a bike rodeo, aka "bike clinic". This seminar will give you all the procedures, layout and content to run a bike clinic on your own. You will have to provide the equipment (bikes, helmets, signs, tape, chalk or cones, etc.) and volunteer staff to run your event. Bicycling Skills 123 classes throughout the Washington area are offered upon request. A fee may apply.

League Cycling Instructor (LCI)

Certified instructors can teach BikeEd classes to children as well as adults. Help bring the joy of safe cycling to others. If you are an experienced cyclist and would like to teach others please consider taking the next step towards certification. TS101 is a prerequisite for a certification seminar. Instructors are trained at seminars held periodically throughout the year. A fee may apply. See upcoming courses...

 

 

Bike rentals for the DC and Alexandria Learn to Ride classes are generously donated by Bike and Roll!

 

        

Bike rentals for the Arlington Learn to Ride classes are generously donated by Revolution Cycles!