Learning to Bike as an Adult

After getting injured while biking as a kid, Kerri-ann grew up with a fear of riding a bike. As she got older, she decided to face that fear, but was reluctant to invest in a bike and teach herself. Years later, Kerri-ann discovered one of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s free workshops, the Adult Learn to Ride Class. “Knowing I’m not the only [adult who doesn’t know how to bike] and being able to do it all together [in a group],” inspired her to take the class.

The class started by taking off the pedals to focus on balancing and gliding. While Kerri-ann easily glided on her bike, it was difficult for her to trust that she wouldn’t fall over once they were put back on. With a determination to conquer her fear, and hands-on assistance from her instructor, she left the class with fun memories and newfound confidence. 

Since taking the Adult Learn to Ride Class, Kerri-ann has been riding around her neighborhood and in Golden Gate Park on Car-Free Sundays. She loves that biking keeps her in the moment. “I could be having a tough day,” she admits, “but I feel so much better going for a bike ride. I kind of forget why I was even upset in the first place.”

And, after taking the post-class survey, Kerri-ann won the giveaway for an SF Bicycle Coalition T-shirt, a complimentary SF Bicycle Coalition membership, and a $50 gift card to Sports Basement in addition to her new love of biking. “I walked away from the Adult Learn to Ride Class not just knowing how to ride a bike, but learning about what it is the SF Bicycle Coalition does,” she explains.

Visit our website to learn more about our free bike education classes, sign up for updates, and see our list of upcoming workshops. We offer free classes for every age and experience level! If you’ve taken a bike education class recently, be sure to respond to our post-class survey (which you’ll find in your inbox 6 weeks after the class) so we can continue to improve our classes. By taking the survey, you’ll have a chance to win the giveaway like Kerri-ann.

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