Conway Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

Traffic Skills 101 Courses

Conway Advocates for Bicycling (CAB) is launching a program of free bike education classes for civil service employees and other groups dedicated to the promotion of safe bicycling in Conway. Traffic Skills 101 is sanctioned by the League of American Bicyclists and will be taught by certified League Cycling Instructors Jim Bruce and Peter Mehl. This series of free classes will be available by invitation only and is intended to raise the level of safe bicycling by key Conway personnel so that they will serve as role models for the larger community.

Traffic Skills 101 is designed to gives beginning as well as more experienced cyclists the training they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, and crash avoidance techniques. It also includes a free student manual. Recommended for adults aged sixteen and above, this fast-paced course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. This course is also required for those wishing to become instructors themselves. The class consists of two segments: three hours of classroom instruction and three hours of non-strenuous drills on a parking lot followed by a slow group ride on city streets. Students will be graded and awarded a certificate on the basis of their on-bike performance as well as a written exam.

In addition, other Traffic Skills 101 classes will be open to the public and regularly offered on the third Friday and Saturday in October, 6-9 pm and 9 am to noon, and the third Friday and Saturday in April at the same times. Early registration a week before the Friday night classes begin is $20, but $30 after that. To help make Conway safer for everyone, encourage your friends and acquaintances to register for the course by contacting Jim Bruce at jbruce@conwaycorp.net.

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