Sunday, September 26, 2010

Traffic Skills 101 class offered this week

Fairfax Co Adult and Community Education is offering a bicycle skills class this week, Cycling With Confidence! (LAB Traffic Skills 101). I will be teaching the class on Tuesday evening and all day Saturday at Chantilly High School on Stringfellow Road. Register online. To find out more about the classroom portion, visit the Traffic Skills 101 online course.

Why should someone who has been riding a bicycle for many years want to take a bicycle skills course? Many people don't feel very safe riding with traffic, especially on busy main roads with higher speed limits. Through the use of "effective cycling" techniques, cyclists can learn to control traffic by using effective lane positioning techniques. With practice these techniques become second nature. They improves cyclists' visibility, both between and at intersections. Cyclists also learn how to avoid dangerous situations by practicing various skills such as the quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turn. These skills could save your life.

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