Bike Education Classes

Learn how to ride, repair and Love Your Bike!

Sustainable StreetsThe Santa Monica Bike Center has partnered with Sustainable Streets to offer bicycle safety education and encouragement programs to get more people riding.

Sustainable Streets‘ mission is to help build healthy communities by encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in active transportation for daily trips. Education plays a key role in achieving this mission and the programs we offer are designed to motivate people to choose sustainable, active transportation to reach any destination.

All bike education courses are taught by League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructors. The curriculum is designed and delivered by bicycling experts who not only teach the basic fundamentals, but also have a wealth of personal knowledge to share on all aspects of bicycling for transportation, work, fitness and fun. Whether you are an experienced commuter, an avid club rider, or have not ridden a bike in years, the courses we offer will help you increase your knowledge, skill and confidence when riding a bike in the Los Angeles area. Please click on a link below for more information about individual programs and to register for an upcoming class.

ADULT LEARN TO RIDE

This practical hands-on learn to ride class for adults age 18 and up will get you rolling in no time. Our certified bicycle instructors create a fun low-stress environment to help you learn the basics of balancing and pedaling before moving on to more advanced skills. If you already know how to balance and pedal we can adapt the curriculum to your individual skill level. Beginners do not need any previous riding experience, only a willingness to learn and the physical ability to control a two wheeled bicycle.

This class costs $10 and includes a bicycle and helmet.

READY TO RIDE

Ready to Ride is a 3-hour intermediate level class for people who are interested in riding a bike for daily trips, but are concerned about safety and unsure about how to get started. Participants must be confident balancing, pedaling and steering a two-wheeled bicycle, from this foundation we will teach you the basic skills for riding a bike to reach any destination. You will learn what you need to know to enjoy riding on city streets. More advanced cyclists who ride regularly for commuting and transportation should take our Confident City Cycling course.

CONFIDENT CITY CYCLING

Many people are intimidated and discouraged by the way motorists dominate the roadway. Through education and practice, Confident City Cycling teaches the basic fundamentals of safe riding to improve your decision making in traffic and to build your personal confidence when riding a bicycle on city streets.

                  • Understand your rights and duties as a driver operating a bicycle safely and legally on public roadways.
                  • Develop the ability to identify unsafe traffic situations and make decisions that can prevent common crashes and collisions.
                  • Learn how to perform a pre-ride bike safety check.

The course includes a student manual, review of state and local laws, on-bike skill development, and additional tools to help you become a more confident and smart cyclist on the roadway.

BIKE MAINTENANCE

Beginners and DIY enthusiasts alike will learn a range of skills from our experienced mechanics. Participants can expect to take away a broad understanding of bicycles and learn how to adjust components for optimum performance. Bike Maintenance classes are free of charge for SM Bike Center Members; $10 fee for non-Members.

                                              • Session 1:┬áThe Birds and the Bees of Bicycle Maintenance
                                              • Session 2: Give Your Brakes a Break
                                              • Session 3: Cleaning Up and Shifting Gears

Senior Social Ride

The Santa Monica Bike Center and the Commission for the Senior Community are proud to host the Santa Monica Soft Pedalers bi-monthly social ride. The event brings seniors together every other month for a leisurely paced bicycle ride to explore destinations in and around Santa Monica. The ride departs from the SM Bike Center at 10am and returns at 11:45am. (BYOB) Bring Your Own Bike or borrow one from the Bike Center at no charge.

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  1. 2015 Bike Education Schedule

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