League of American Bicyclists and LCIs

Background Reading

Summary

Companies like REI have fee-based courses for customers who wish to learn the intricacies of cycling. These courses are often taught by local League Certified Instructors (LCI). The current list of courses available from LAB are as follows:

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Course Descriptions

League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) offer courses to suit the needs of any cyclist. Certified, insured and equipped to teach anything from basic skills to college level courses, LCIs are the experts in bicycle education and safety. LCI’s can also offer modified versions of these courses and design bike rodeos and provide general safety consulting.

Traffic Skills 101

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen. The curriculum is fast-paced, nine-hours, and prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling.

Traffic Skills 201

TS201 is designed for more advanced students with an understanding of vehicular cycling principles. This twelve-hour course includes fitness and physiology, training for longer rides, advanced mechanics, paceline skills, advanced traffic negotiation, foul weather riding and night riding.

Group Riding

This class is for experienced cyclists who would like to go a on a group ride. Students should first be familiar with the techniques for riding predictably, on public roadways, as an individual – such skills as proper lane positioning and emergency bike handling. However, cycling in a group places added responsibilities on each cyclist, so all must understand and practice the principles of group riding. This class is designed to give students the principles of group riding.

Commuting

The Commuting class if for adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school by bike. This follow-up class to TS101 covers topics including route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding.

Bicycling Skills 123 Youth

Bicycling Skills 123 Youth is composed of 13 stations that satisfy the needs of children who are learning better bicycling handling skills.

Bicycling Skills 123

This class is designed for adults who may not be ready for the full TS101 class. These students need practice with handling drills in order to feel more confident on their bicycle.

Safe Routes to School

Through the Traffic Safety Program for Safe Routes to School, the League hopes to increase the safety of youth bicyclists and walkers, increase the number and frequency of children bicycling and walking, and improve the lives of children. This curriculum engages youth through multimedia and practical walking and bicycling activities, empowering them to travel effectively, independently, and make sensible and informed traffic decisions.

This program is divided into three levels. Each progressive level provides more in-depth learning and greater opportunity for students to practice and apply safety knowledge in real-life scenarios. Each level requires increased expertise, time, and resources to effectively implement.