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Adult & Family Learn to Ride Class

Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


It’s never too late to learn to bicycle! Instructors will work one-on-one to assist participants in learning the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike, as well as proper helmet fit and adjustment. Most people learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they will leave with tips to continue teaching themselves to ride.

  • The first step will be balancing on your bicycle; instructors will first remove the pedals and lower the seat enough so that you can put both feet on the ground.
  • You’ll learn balance by taking longer and longer steps until you’re “gliding.”
  • Then, once you’ve got that down, we’ll show you how to turn confidently and stop smoothly.
  • Once you feel comfortable, we’ll reinstall the pedals, so you can incorporate pedaling and learning to steer, and how to steer precisely in circles and figure-eights.
  • You’ll finish your lesson by learning how to shift gears so you can handle hills and prepare for more city riding.

Please be sure you can sit on your bike seat with both feet flat on the ground.

If you don’t have a bicycle, we will send information on how to rent one for the class. The cost of bike rental (if needed) will be covered by you, the participant. We want this course to be accessible to all, so if the cost of a bike rental is a challenge for you, please email Eliana Marcus-Tyler (eliana@sfbike.org). All participants MUST either bring a bike or rent a bike in advance. Bikes will not be available for rental at the class.

If you have children, this is a great opportunity for them to learn to bicycle as well! YBike will be leading their Learn to Ride workshop for youth of all ages while the SF Bicycle Coalition leads the Adult Learn to Ride course. No registration is necessary for the YBike Youth Learn to Ride class – just show up with your child and stay for the duration of the course. If you would like to participate in the Adult Learn to Ride class, be sure to still sign up below.

Please contact Eliana Marcus-Tyler (eliana@sfbike.org) with any questions about this program.

This project is made possible by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through a grant of Proposition K Local Transportation Sales Tax Funds.



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