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Grace
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Grace on June 11th, 2009

Since moving here and being close enough to my job downtown that I can consider riding my bike to/from work, I'd like to attend one of the Austin Cycling Association's bike safety classes (called "Traffic Skills 101") and if enough people are interested, we could have the class here in our own neighborhood. So, I'm throwing this idea out there to see if anyone else wants to take it.

This is what they say about TS 101 on their website:
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Traffic Skills 101
Do you want to ride your bike but are afraid of traffic?
Are you uncertain of your ability to handle small mechanical problems like flat tires?
Have you not ridden since childhood, and aren’t comfortable choosing a bicycle for adult use?
Is your bike collecting rust and dust in the garage while your car continues to burn expensive gasoline every day?
Are you an experienced cyclist who would like to learn how to get more courtesy and respect from motorists?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you should take Traffic Skills 101, the League of American Bicyclists’ street cycling course for adults. Traffic Skills 101 will help you ride safely and effectively — to work, to the store, around your neighborhood or around the state.

Most of us were taught to ride a bike by a parent when we were very small, and our bike education ended at that time. In fact, we were simply taught how to ride without falling down too often; but few of us were ever taught how to drive our bicycle in traffic. Traffic Skills 101 fills that gap. It is Driver’s Ed for cyclists.

Traffic Skills 101 is taught by League-certified instructors, and the curriculum covers everything, including bike selection, simple maintenance, fixing a flat, and strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently. It is taught to very small classes (generally 5 to 10 students) in two sessions: four hours on a Friday evening and five hours on a Saturday morning. The Friday-evening session is classroom work; the Saturday session is in two parts: parking lot safety drills, and a ride through Austin streets under the eye of one or more instructors. Tuition is $65, which includes the textbook and class handouts.
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I've been in contact with Laura King, the Outreach Coordinator for the ACA, and they are happy to explore the possibility of offering this class in our neighborhood if enough people want to do it. We would need to provide a classroom space and an area for parking lot drills. The rest of the course would utilize the roads in and around our development. She also mentioned that we could look into hosting other class offerings for kids and families.

Anyone interested?
 
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langhugh
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Bicycle Safety Class
by langhugh on June 11th, 2009

Yes, I think that's a great idea, and I think this class would "make" at Mueller.
 
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Grace
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Grace on June 13th, 2009

I'm kinda surprised more people aren't interested. Oh, well...
 
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Cynthia
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Cynthia on June 14th, 2009

I didn't see this earlier. I ride my bike to work two or three times a week and would attend the safety class here. How many people do they need to make it worthwhile?
 
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Grace
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Grace on June 14th, 2009

I think it's a minimum of 5 and maxes out at 10. We could probably get at least 5, right? Don't'cha think??
 
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AnnaSlade
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Bicycle Safety Class
by AnnaSlade on June 14th, 2009

I'm interested, assuming the dates fit with a couple of earlier commitments.
 
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Luv2Bike
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Luv2Bike on June 14th, 2009

Can we mix this with the safety class for children? My oldest children took the safety class 2 years ago. Anyway, we are interested in the class.

Michael
 
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Mehul
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Bicycle Safety Class
by Mehul on June 14th, 2009

We'd be interested, as well.
 
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doug
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Bicycle Safety Class
by doug on June 15th, 2009

I happen to be an LCI (League Cycling Instructor) and have taught bike safety to kids and adults for many years. Coincidentally, I also live at Mueller!

I would be glad to work with ACA and the Mueller Community to make this happen. The Traffic Skills 101 course is taught in 2 sections. First is a classroom section covering a lot of ground including explaining the different types of bikes, bike fit, bike maintenance and equipment (helmet, gloves, etc). We also cover rules of the road, lane positioning, crash avoidance techniques, etc. The classroom session is about 4 hrs.

The on-bike portion consists of parking lot drills and an on-road ride and also lasts about 4 hours.

I realize that this is a big time commitment for folks, but I can pretty much guarantee that you will benefit from the course by becoming a more confident, knowledgeable, assertive cyclist.

As far as dates, we could do the classroom session during the week of July 20 one evening starting at 5 or 5:30 PM and then the on-bike portion Sat. or Sun., July 25 or 26 starting at 8 am.

I'm actually going to see Laura King from ACA tomorrow so will discuss further with her.

Happy trails!
Doug
 
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Grace
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by Grace on June 15th, 2009

So far, that week is good for me for the 5pm-ish evening class - any day. I can do the morning weekend class if it is on Saturday, but not Sunday.
 
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