Urban Cycling Techniques
ALL RIDING CLASSES (EXCEPT FOR LEARN TO RIDE AND LEARN TO RIDER FURTHER) ARE ON HOLD FOR 2021. WE PLAN TO OFFER THESE CLASSES AGAIN STARTING APRIL 2022.
With our current capacity we are prioritizing youth programming and very new riders. We appreciate your understanding! Here are some other great bike riding resources in the area.
- Marley Blonsky- local bike adventurer who hosts in-person and virtual classes about city riding and biking, especially for bigger bodied folks
- Brian Watson- local LCI instructor who teaches one-on-one or group riding classes for all ability levels
- LCI Instructors- the League of American Bicyclists certifies bike instructors all around the country- find an instructor or advocacy organization in your area!
- Cycling Savvy- an online urban riding skills program by the American Bicycling Education Association. We cannot recommend this course highly enough!
Whether running errands, commuting to work, or getting exercise, urban cyclists of all sorts will appreciate this course! We have designed Urban Cycling Techniques (UCT) to teach cyclists how to interact safely and positively with city traffic. This class is perfect for those who already know how to ride their bike, but want to gain mastery over the many situations that can arise while biking in the urban and suburban environment.
UCT consists of both on-the-bike and off-the-bike learning based on the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling curriculum
Learn how to:
- Properly fit your bike and helmet
- Handle your bike confidently and effectively
- Position yourself on the road to avoid and deter the mistakes of other users
- Communicate effectively with other road users
- Apply emergency bike handling maneuvers to avoid a crash
- Apply traffic laws as they pertain to cyclists
- Choose the right gear for riding in variable conditions
- Understand dedicated bike infrastructure and when to use it
- Choose the best route to get you safely and efficiently to your destination
Pre-requisites: Sign up for UCT if you can:
- Comfortably ride short distances with one hand on the handlebars
- Stop quickly without losing control of your bike
- Shift gears and choose the right gear for the terrain
If you have difficulty with any of these skills, please consider joining us for our Basic Cycling Techniques class.
An optional half-hour exam will be given to those riders seeking credit for the League of American Bicyclists’ Traffic Skills 101 course.
The off-the-bike segment will take place during the morning session of your class day. It consists of instructor presentation and group discussion at the Cascade Bicycling Center office. After a break, you and your fellow students will hop on your bikes and practice the skills you learned in the classroom.
The on-the-bike class portion consists of bike handling drills and applying our urban riding theory to real road situations by riding with instructors and class participants through our built environment. This will give you the opportunity to practice trail etiquette, intersection scenarios, lane positioning, and more - all while having fun with diverse learners and instructors.
This class is designed for adults. Students under 18 may be able to register for the class, but must have a parent or guardian attending the same class as a registered participant. Please contact us to discuss before registering your child.
Class Size: min 5, max 8
Price: Premium Members $80 Non- Members $85
Duration: 7.75 hours
How to Prepare: Bring a bike in good working order and a CPSC approved helmet. Bring snacks, water and lunch and be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Location: Cascade Bicycle Club, 7787 62nd Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98115. We are located right off of the Burke Gilman Trail at Magnuson Park.
Bike Parking: Bike racks available outside the building as well as limited indoor space.