Resources - Classes

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Bicycle Maintenance Classes & Do-It-Yourself Shops

Contact these bicycle retailers for information about their in-store bike maintenance classes:

  • Actual Café
    Free Bike Workshops provided by BikeMan Dan every first Sunday of the month from 2 – 3 PM.
  • Bicycle Works
    Classes on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm
    3335 Solano Ave
    Napa, CA
    (707) 253-7000
  • The Bike Kitchen
    The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit organization in San Francisco that teaches anyone how to repair and maintain bicycles. They offer maintenance classes and open shop time to work on your bike.
  • The Bikery
    The Bikery is a non-profit community bike shop in Oakland that offers a range of services, including open shop time where folks can come in and work on their bikes.
  • Mike's Bikes
    Free classes every Wednesday at 6 pm
    Locations include Berkeley, Palo Alto, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Rafael and Sausalito
  • NorCal Bike Sport
    Free clinic first Thursday of every month from 6:15 pm to 8 pm
    425 College Ave
    Santa Rosa, CA
    (707) 573-0112
  • Spokeland
    Located in the Golden Gate district of Oakland, Spokeland is a non-profit, community-driven bicycle cooperative aiming to reach out locally and foster local unity.
  • Sports Basement
    Free maintenance classes at store locations including Berkeley, San Francisco - Presidio, San Francisco - Bryant Street, Sunnyvale and Walnut Creek.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Ride on Two Wheels
When:
Every 2nd Sunday, from 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: 1522 Park Street, Alameda
Ages: All
Phone: 510-522-0070
Register: More info

Traffic Skills: Classroom Workshops and Road Classes – Berkeley, Pleasanton, Alameda, Oakland, and Hayward
When:
July - October 2013
Learn basic rules of the road and how to share the road with cars.
More info

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Classes for Adults ("Street Skills for Cyclists" and "Road I Day 2")

Street Skills is a 4 hour (optionally 6-hour) lecture-and-discussion class suitable for adults and driving-age teens. No bicycle is required unless you’ll be riding it to class. Depending on the instructor and the local program, the class may be offered as two or three 2-hour sessions instead of a single 4-hour session.

For adult and teen students who would like to follow up with on-bike training and earn a completion certificate, the Street Skills class also serves as the first module of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) “Road I” class.

Road I Day 2 is 6 to 7 hours long, and is typically offered on a weekend day. A working bicycle and helmet are required. Street Skills (Road I Module 1) is a prerequisite. Some lecture and discussion material is presented, but most of the day is spent learning and practicing on-bike skills. The class includes a multiple-choice written exam and an on-bike exam (off-street and on-street, in both residential and commercial environments). Students who score 80% or better on both exams earn a completion certificate.

Students may take Street Skills and Road I Day 2 from different instructors if:

  • Both instructors are teaching the "Street Skills / Road I Day 2" format described here
  • The Road I Day 2 instructor approves and verifies the student's attendance with the Street Skills instructor, and
  • The student complies with any applicable Road I Day 2 registration conditions and fees.

For more information on classes for adults, including those learning to ride a bicycle for the first time, see the class descriptions on John Ciccarelli's Bicycle Solutions website.

Classes for Parents ("Kids 1")

Kids 1 is a 2-hour classroom seminar for parents and guardians of children up to age 10 (it is not a class for children). One local instructor calls it "Bringing Up Bicyclists". Topics include:

  • Perceptual and ability differences between children and adults
  • Basic requirements for parents to help their children to ride safely
  • Mistakes children make when bicycling
  • Basic skills that need to be taught

Most instructors teaching Kids I show the video "A Kid's Eye View".

Instructor Qualifications

All classes listed below are taught by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). To become an LCI, a cyclist must complete LAB's Road I class with grades of 85% or better on both exams, and then become certified at LAB's 20-hour LCI Seminar, which covers teaching techniques.

 

More Options

  • Want to host a safety course at your worksite? Can't make it to any of these classes? Click here for a list of course instructors and contact information.
  • Are you hosting a course that you would like us to post here? Or, do you know about a class that is not posted here? Please contact us at: http://www.511.org/about-511-suggestions.asp

 

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