BPAC to host two Smart Cycling classes

Want to feel more safe and confident riding your bike in various traffic conditions, terrain, and climates? Live or work in northern Virginia? BPAC is hosting two FREE Smart Cycling classes, designed to help people ride more safely and confidently. Whether you’ve been riding for years or just started riding because of the pandemic, you’ll learn useful skills and tips in this class.

The Smart Cycling class consists of (1) an online pre-course meeting on April 15, from 7-8 p.m.; (2) four hours of online instruction, which you can do at any time before the on-bike portion of the class; (3) and four hours of on-bike instruction. The on-bike portion will cover skills to help keep you safe while riding, and will also include a short group ride.

There are two options for the on-bike portion of the class. Sign up for the class to be held Friday, April 30, from 2-6 p.m. at Alexandria’s Ben Brenman Park, by registering here. Or sign up for the class to be held Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fairfax’s Journey Church by registering here.

This class is for people who know how to ride a bike and would like to expand their skills. Students will need to bring a working bicycle and helmet to the on-bike portion.

This class is funded by a Northern Virginia Regional Commission/VA DMV grant. After completion of the course, students are required to participate in two volunteer activities promoting bicycling or walking.

For everyone’s health and safety, we’ll be taking covid-19 precautions during the on-bike portion of the class, including capping class capacity at 12 students, asking students to self-screen, requiring people to wear masks during the skills drills, and requiring people to maintain social distance.

Spaces are limited, so sign up today!