Urban Cycling Techniques
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. Cascade has teamed up with Cycling Savvy to create a well rounded course that will get you biking confidently in whatever city you may find yourself. The off-the-bike learning is comprised of roughly 3 hours of videos through the Cycling Savvy website. This portion can be done at your leisure but must be completed before the 6 hour on-the-bike session.
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
An optional half-hour exam will be given to those riders seeking credit for the League of American Bicyclists’ Traffic Skills 101 course.
Class registration includes lifetime access to Cycling Savvy instructional videos.
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your email address with Cascade is up-to-date. You will be emailed a code for free lifetime access to Cycling Savvy and instructions for what modules to take about one week before your riding class. You are REQUIRED to complete the series of learning modules listed in the email before coming to your riding class at Cascade.
The on-the-bike class 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 12
Price: members $80 non-members $85
Duration: 3 hours home study + 6 hours on bike
Pre-requisites: 1. Completion of Cycling Savvy learning modules. 2. Basic bike riding skills and working familiarity with your bicycle
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.