July 14, 28, Aug. 11: Hone Your Bike Skills With Three Free Classes

Sunday, July 14, is the first of three classes this summer aimed at helping cyclists improve their bike handling skills, learn the rules of the road and practice biking in real-world settings.

“Back to Basics” will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

If you know how to ride a bike, but you aren’t comfortable using a bicycle for everyday travel or recreation, then this class may be for you, says an announcement of the event. To build rider confidence, this class covers the basics of bike handling and shows participants how to improve their bike control skills. (Please note: this is not a “learn to ride” class.)

You’ll learn what you need to bike (helmet, lights, locks), things to know before hitting the street (like bike parking rules and lanes), basic bike handling skills and bike services offered by Metro. You’ll need to bring your bike, making sure it’s in good working condition, unless you’ve requested to borrow a bike. All participants will get a free helmet and a set of bike lights.

The class size is limited, so you’ll need to register in advance online.
The class is open to people 16 and over. All participants must sign a waiver to participate; if the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor.

“Rules of the Road,” the second class, will take place on July 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., also at Plummer Park.

Here you’ll learn the rules of the road and practical skills so that you are able to navigate city streets safely and use bikes for everyday travel. That includes planning a route, bike parking, learning about the bike infrastructure, navigating common hazards, riding around transit vehicles and taking bikes on trains and buses along with services offered by Metro.

As with the first class, you’ll need a bike in good working condition and a parent or legal guardian with you if you’re under 18 years of age. You can register online under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor. for this free class. You can register for this free class online.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a CicLAvia Street Skills class, also at Plummer Park.

This class gives participants an opportunity to explore the West Hollywood route of CicLAvia Meet the Hollywoods, an open streets event that takes place on Aug. 18. You’ll gain group riding skills that will prepare you for CicLAvia and other open streets events. CicLAvia is a sponsor of this class.

The registration requirements are the same as for the other classes. Participants can register online.

The bike classes are sponsored by L.A. Metro, whose Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) Program currently offers bike classes at four different levels—Bike 1, 2, 3 & Bicycling 101. For more information on how to ride a bike in Los Angeles County, visit metro.net/gobike. Another sponsor is the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), a membership-based nonprofit organization that works to make all communities in LA County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike through advocacy, education, and outreach. And also sponsoring the event is the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, a chapter of LACBC, which promotes bike-oriented services, advocacy, education, and projects that benefit everyone, from pedestrians to cyclists to transit riders to motorists. The classes have the support of the City of West Hollywood and L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

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