OCBC teaches CyclingSavvy
CyclingSavvy is a program of American Bicycling Education Association, Inc. (ABEA). The course teaches the principles of Mindful Bicycling:
- empowerment to act as confident, equal road users;
- strategies for safe, stress-free integrated cycling;
- tools to read and problem-solve any traffic situation or road configuration.
The course is offered in three 3-hour components: a bike-handling session, a classroom session and an on-road tour. The classroom and bike-handling sessions may be taken individually, the road tour requires the other two as a pre-requisite.
Even most confident cyclists prefer to use quiet routes when feasible. In many cases, it is only an intimidating intersection or short stretch of busy road which hinders a cyclist’s preferred route. This course is designed to show students simple strategies to eliminate such barriers, and ride with ease and confidence in places they might never have thought possible.
The philosophy and intent of our course is best described in this quote by Aimee Mullins:
…all you really need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power and you’re off. If you can hand somebody the key to their own power… the human spirit is so receptive… if you can do that and open a door for someone at a crucial moment… you are ‘educating’ them in the best sense. You’re teaching them to open doors for themselves. In fact, the exact meaning of the word “educate’ comes from the root word ‘educe.’ It means to bring forth what is within. To bring out potential.
The 3 Part Course
Our course is designed to be taken as individual sessions or as a complete course. Train Your Bike (bike handling) and Truth & Techniques (classroom session) can be taken individually in any order. To sign up for a Tour of Orange County you must have taken or be signed to take the other two classes prior to the tour class. Individual sessions are $30 per session. A package of three sessions (the full course) is $75. A package may be used to take the sessions at any time.
Train Your Bike! (3 hours):
This session is conducted in a parking lot. It consists of a set of progressive drills designed to increase students’ control and comfort handling their bikes in various situations. Drills include:
- Start/Stop, Power Pedal & Balance Stop
- Snail Race, Slow-speed Balance
- Drag-race, Gears & Acceleration
- Ride Straight, One-handed
- Shoulder Check
- Object-avoidance Handling, Weave, Snap
- Turning: Slow-speed Tight Turns, High-speed cornering, Emergency Snap-turn
- Emergency Braking
The Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling (3 hours):
Through guided discussion with video and animation, this session familiarizes students with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right and ability to control their space.
Tour of Orange County* (3.5 hours):
This session is an experiential tour of the roads in Orange County. The course includes some of the most intimidating road features (intersections, interchanges, merges, etc.) a cyclist might find in his/her travels. The students travel as a group, stopping to survey and discuss each exercise location. After observing the feature, discussing the traffic dynamics and the best strategy for safe and easy passage, the students ride through individually and regroup at a nearby location.
* The Tour session is only available with the full course. The other two sessions may be taken á la carte, in any order.
Origins & Principles of CyclingSavvy
Our next CyclingSavvy course will be held on April 24th and 25 of 2015.
OCBC also teaches Traffic Skills 101
Urban Smart Cycling Workshops – 2015
Orange County Bicycle Coalition supports and promotes cyclist education through classroom training and bike handling “skills and drills” on the road. The curriculum is provided by the League of American Bicyclists.
This class is open to bike riders of all abilities, age 14 and older.
During this 9 hour course we teach effective behaviors to make bicycling in traffic easier, safer, and less stressful. Many very experienced bike commuters and road cyclists have taken the class and benefited by improving their visibility on the road.
The 3 hour evening presentation includes techniques to improve safety, traffic law, and traffic theory. The 6 hour bike ride day includes bike mechanics, riding skills and drills, a survey of street conditions and behavior, and a final exam.
Tuition is $35 which includes materials, insurance, a written exam an certificate.
2015 Smart Cycling Training Dates
Wednesday evening and Saturday daytime
4/10 and 4/12
5/13 and 5/16
6/10 and 6/13
7/8 and 7/11
8/13 and 8/15
10/14 and 10/17
11/11 and 11/14
12/9 and 12/12
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