Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer Bike Workshops and Classes in Reston

Certified instructors training riders.
Photo courtesy of Bike Arlington
We have good news for people interested in improving their bicycling skills or just learning how to bike. There will be a series of workshops and classes taught this summer at the Reston Community Center by FABB member and certified cycling instructor Kelley Westenhoff. 

And, yes, we realize that most FABB members probably are experienced enough to not need classes. But, we bet that you may know someone or some kids who would like to learn to bike. Or perhaps you have a friend or neighbor who has seen the new Bike Share stations around the county, has started thinking about trying bicycling commuting, and would appreciate some advice on being a more confident, comfortable, and safe rider. If so, please help spread the word and let people know that registration opens for Reston residents on May 1, 2017, and for non-residents the following week on May 8, 2017. 

Bike classes in Reston
Photo courtesy of Reston Bike Ed,
For riders 18 years and older, RCC will offer three Confident Cycling Classes to improve cycling abilities for controlling your bike, avoiding crashes, and gaining advance bike handling maneuvers to get you out of dangerous situations. Students will ride on the road to learn about lane control, driver communication and effective road behavior. Participants must be able to ride a bike without assistance and provide their own bicycle and helmet. They should dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. Each class will be a 3-hour session at RCC Hunters Woods from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on the following Sundays:

  • Fundamentals - Sunday, 16 July 2017 
  • Crash Avoidance - Sunday, 30 July 2017.
  • Confident Road Cycling - Sunday, 13 August 2017.
You can sign up for individual workshops or for all three. The cost for each workshop is $45 for Reston residents and $68 for non-residents. Please go to the RCC website for details on registration. 

Photo courtesy of RCC.
There also will be a Learn to Bike class for children (6-14 years old) and one for adults (15 years and older). These classes are for people who have never learned to ride a bike or need to relearn the basics. The certified instructors use a technique that is intuitive and will take students through a progressive curriculum that covers balance skills, basic steering skills, and basic braking skills and has a very high success rate. These classes will also be taught at RCC Hunters Woods. 

The cost for each 3-hour class is $65 for Reston residents and $98 for non-residents. The registration fee includes the rental of a bike and a Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC)-approved helmet.  If a student would like to bring their own helmet, it must be CPSC-approved. Students will be contacted two weeks in advance of the class to ensure that the proper size bicycle is provided. The classes will be held as follows: 

  • Learn to Bike for Youth - Saturday, 1 July 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 
  • Learn to Bike for Adults - Saturday, 22 July 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 

The RCC website has details on registration for these classes. For more information check out page 24 of the Adobe file (page 46 in the guide) of the RCC 2017 Summer Program Guide. 

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