Cycling Savvy classes canceled

The instructors have canceled the classes due to insufficient turnout. They plan to give a class in the spring.

The complete set of three Cycling Savvy sessions is to be offered in Waltham in September.

You may sign up for these sessions on the Cycling Savvy site.

Instructors are Bruce Lierman and Eli Damon. The links include contact information, in case you have questions for the instructors.

The Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling (3 hours):

7 PM -10 PM Friday, September 16, Arthur C. Clarke Government Center, 119 School Street, Waltham (map)

This is an offering of the Cycling Savvy program. This Friday evening session will be followed by optional daytime sessions on Saturday.

Through guided discussion with video and animation, this session familiarizes students with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right and ability to control their space.

This is a classroom session. There is no need to bring your bicycle, but there is a bike rack at the left end of the building and if you would like to bring your bicycle inside, it is easiest to enter through the handicap-access ramp at the back. There is car parking in front of the building.

Train Your Bike! (3 hours):

9 AM – noon Saturday, September 17, Hobbs Brook Office Park, 303 Wyman Street, Waltham (map)

This is an offering of the Cycling Savvy program. This riding session goes with the classroom session on Friday evening: you may sign up for one or both. There is also a Saturday afternoon riding session which you may take if you have taken both of the others.

This session consists of a set of progressive drills designed to increase students’ control and comfort handling their bikes in various situations. Drills include:

  • Start/Stop, Power Pedal & Balance Stop
  • Snail Race, Slow-speed Balance
  • Drag-race, Gears & Acceleration
  • Ride Straight, One-handed
  • Shoulder Check
  • Object-avoidance Handling, Weave, Snap
  • Turning: Slow-speed Tight Turns, High-speed cornering, Emergency Snap-turn
  • Emergency Braking

Lunch is available following this session at nearby Pizzi Farm

Tour of Your City (3.5 hours):

1 – 4:30 PM Saturday, September 17, Hobbs Brook Office Park, 303 Wyman Street, Waltham (map)

This Saturday afternoon riding session goes with the Friday evening classroom session and the Saturday morning parking-lot session. The Tour session is only available with the full course. The other two sessions may be taken á la carte, in any order.

This session is an experiential tour of your city’s roads. The course includes some of the most intimidating road features (intersections, interchanges, merges, etc.) a cyclist might find in his/her travels. The students travel as a group, stopping to survey and discuss each exercise location. After observing the feature, discussing the traffic dynamics and the best strategy for safe and easy passage, the students ride through individually and regroup at a nearby location.

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