Smart Cycling Program

Become a League Cycling Instructor to educate both cyclists and motorists to share the road

Fort Wayne Trails is excited to offer the League Cycling Seminar in Fort Wayne on April 26-28th. This program is funded by General Motors with the food sponsored by Parkview Trauma.  We have partnered with the City of Fort Wayne and League of American Bicyclists to offer the pre-requisite course on March 23rd.  Once we have certified instructors trained at the end of April, we’ll be offering the smart cycling classes and Bicycle Friendly Driver classes to businesses and organizations. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like an instructor to present to your group.

 

 

Pre-Requisite Class – Free

Smart Cycling – Traffic Skills 101 – Online Classroom and On-Bike Training

Saturday, March 23, 9am-2pm

Botanical Conservatory at 1100 S. Calhoun

Sign up here.

This no-cost course offers an opportunity to increase your confidence and abilities as a bicyclist. We’ll learn basic maneuvers to avoid obstacles on our path, ride safely in traffic, and best practices for riding the trails, bike lanes, and anywhere our bicycles will take us. Please contact Amy Hartzog for more information about this class. Prior to taking the on-bike class, you must complete the a 4-hr online class at http://bikeed.org and send a screenshot of your test score to [email protected].  To qualify for the LCI Seminar, you must score an 85% or better.  If you fall shy of the 85% score, contact Amy to learn how you can improve your score. We will offer more classes in the future for everyone.

 

League Cycling Instructor Certification Seminar

Friday-Sunday, April 26-28th

April 26: 5pm-9pm

April 27: 8am-9:30pm

April 28: 8am-3pm

League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.  LCIs are members of the League and have completed an intense and comprehensive 3-day seminar training. Our certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the League’s liability insurance.

The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Smart Cycling curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot. The seminar is normally one evening and two full days. Generally, 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so students should be prepared to ride.

Fort Wayne Trails has determined that our community will be safer for bicyclists, automobiles, and the general public if more of us understand best practices for riding safely. We have received funding from General Motors Company to provide this training for ten (10) members of our community. Fort Wayne Trails will provide the registration fees for this course, in return for dedicated service hours in the community. Additional spots may be available however participants would be responsible for the full registration fee of $350 and includes the seminar materials.

In exchange, each instructor will be required to volunteer to provide 20 hours of public education programming in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, between April 29th, 2019 and May 1, 2020. Fort Wayne Trails will work with volunteers to schedule locations and individuals for Smart Cycling classes and also Bicycle Friendly Driver presentations.

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