Smart Cycling Program

Smart Bicycling Classes and Bicycle Friendly Driver Presentations for Neighbors, Businesses, and Organizations

 

 

 

 

SPONSORED BY FORT WAYNE TRAILS

 

Fort Wayne Trails recently received a grant from General Motors Company to hire the League of American Bicyclists to train several people in our community to teach bicycle/driving safety. We now have certified League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who are eager to provide instruction to members of your neighborhood or business.

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 program.

Nationally, 50% of accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles are caused by motor vehicles. In Allen County statistics show that 52% of such accidents are caused by motor vehicles.

In 2017, in Allen County, 81 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle collisions.  In 2009, the number was 71.   Studies have shown that bicycle/driving safety programming in a community can decrease bicyclist-motor vehicle accidents by as much as 20%.

Our League Cycling Instructors can customize a program or presentation to best suit the needs and interests of your specific neighborhood, organization or business.

These programs are free of cost.

Please contact Fort Wayne Trails to schedule a program at [email protected]

Available Courses:

Smart Cycling – Traffic Skills 101 –  On-Bike Training: 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.

Bicycle Friendly Driver Training: This free program for drivers of all ages to learn how the rules of the road apply to bicyclists and drivers. The 90 minute class includes a short review quiz and certificate. Topics will include such things as “why is that bicyclist using the middle of the lane?” and “If I’m driving toward a trail crossing, and there is someone about to cross the street, should I stop, or should the trail user?”

Help secure the future of Fort Wayne Trails by supporting the Fort Wayne Trails Endowment Fund! The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is challenging all nonprofits that hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation to raise money for their endowments between October 29 and November 24! The top-raising organizations in each of our giving areas will receive a surprise gift from the Community Foundation on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019.