Classes next week teach how to ride on the road

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Want to learn how to be more comfortable riding a bike on the street?

If so, you’re in luck. Randy Ryberg of Five Rivers MetroParks will be teaching two Smart Cycling classes next week to give you the knowledge and confidence to ride wherever you want.

“We have such an extensive trail network that people are very comfortable riding on,” said Ryberg, who is the outdoor recreation coordinator for the park district and a League of American Bicyclists certified Smart Cycling instructor.

“So many people will load their bike onto a rack on their car to drive to the trails, where, with just a little bit of skill and confidence, they could ride from their homes to the trail – or anywhere else for that matter.”

The classes, offered through the park district, are next Tuesday and Saturday. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

The first class, “Intro to Smart Cycling”, will run on Tues., Aug. 11, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Cox Arboretum MetroPark. It costs $10.

This introductory class will be a lecture class, Ryberg said.

“It overviews basic traffic law, some basic technique in proper riding, equipment and basically all those things that are necessary to ride safely on the road,” he said.

The first class is a pre-requisite for the second class, “Smart Cycling Basics”, which is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It will be held at the park district’s main office at 409 E. Monument Ave. It costs $20.

The second class will involve a little bit of classroom, Ryberg said, but will then move outside and onto bikes. Participants will go through some drills on maneuvering and evasive actions in the parking lot, he said, and then will hit the downtown streets to put everything they’ve learned together.

The classes are pre-requisites for anyone who wants to take a League of American Bicyclists instructor seminar to become certified to teach these classes to others, Ryberg said, so he sticks closely to the league curriculum.

But, he said, “the class is really targeted towards anyone who wants to become more comfortable riding on the road.”

To get more information and to register for the Smart Cycling classes, visit http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/Cycling-Programs.aspx

Ken McCall is the database reporter for the Dayton Daily News and an avid cyclist. He is a member of Bike Miami Valley, where he serves as co-chairman of the Regional Advocacy Committee; the Dayton Cycling Club; the Ohio Bike Federation; and the League of American Bicyclists. If you have any story ideas or bike news, contact him at ken.mccall@coxinc.com or call (937) 225-2393.


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