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City of Columbus Share the Road offering residents free bicycle training program

Screen shot 2013-09-04 at 4.52.42 PMTo help residents learn how to safely ride bicycles on the road, the City of Columbus, through its Share the Road educational campaign, is offering residents a free training and safety education class through local bicycle training organization YayBikes!

Nearby residents are invited to participate in the class. It’s called How We Roll.

We are asking for a point person to send an email to residents about the training. (We’ll supply the text).

YayBikes! will take online reservations at howweroll.us. During the registration process, participants are asked a few questions to gauge their experience.

The How We Roll trainings are scheduled for Friday, September 13, at 6, 7 and 8pm, meeting on the sidewalk in front of Moody Hall Neighborhood Policing Center at 248 E. 11th Ave. There is room for up to 16 students per time slot. Each class lasts one hour, with 45-50 minutes of on road bicycling. Two instructors lead a group of 5-8 students on a 4-5 mile loop of the neighborhood, riding at a breezy pace.

The route will be designed to feature various traffic scenarios, with an increasing degree of difficulty. Groups will make 5-6 stops where instructors discuss the section of road just traveled, present new information, answer questions and critique student riding habits. At the last stop students will fill out a short evaluation. Participants just need to bring their own bicycle and helmet.

Participants will increase their confidence with:

  • maneuvering a bicycle
  • riding on the road
  • understanding bicycle-related traffic laws
  • fitting a bicycle and helmet to their body

We’ll have Share the Road educational and information materials at the training and will invite local media to attend.

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