Bike Friendly Richardson

Summer Is Ending – Time To Enroll In Class

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on September 3, 2012

Safety is one of our biggest concerns for cyclists in Richardson. Along with having more awareness, better designed infrastructure and safer routes one of the best things that will keep cyclists safe on the road is being better educated. Whether you are new to cycling around town or a seasoned commuter, there is always something new to be learned with a good bicycle safety course.

Fortunately for us, there are some really good options near by. I am the recent graduate of both the the League of American BicyclistsTraffic Skills 101 course (hosted by BikeDFW) and Cycling Savvy DFW‘s bicycle empowerment courses. Both are excellent resources for anybody wanting to become a better cyclist and make more valuable and safer decisions while riding. You can read my reviews here and here.

Traffic Safety 101
This course is run by local League Certified Instructors and is designed to teach everything from Bicycle Parts, Adjusting Your Bicycle, Pre-Ride Safety Check, Bicycle Handling Basics, Bicycling in Traffic, Emergency Maneuvers and Crash Avoidance. Instructors are local cyclists who understand the different cycling skill levels and work to help you improve yours. Rumor has it, there will be a Traffic Skills course in Richardson in the very near future. Check back soon for details.

Scanning and Signaling

Cycling Savvy DFW-
This is a course designed to help cyclists become more confident on the road by empowering them with tools for riding in traffic. Like the TS101 course, they teach you some of the basic handling skills and emergency maneuvers. What’s different is their program is carefully designed to help you explore proven methods for safely and confidently navigating anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex by bicycle. You will discover that riding on certain roads isn’t as difficult as you may have imagined. They are starting up their fall season, so click here to see their schedule.

Instant Turn Instruction

One thing that I’ve learned by taking both of these courses is that they are not designed to convert you into a Vehicular Cyclist and force you to do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing. Instead, they give you the ability to make the right decisions with your bicycle commutes as well as a better foundation to a safer more confident ride. If anything, they’ll help you break all of your bad riding habits that may be putting you in danger.

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DFW Cycling Savvy – Spring 2012 Workshops

Posted in Bike Education by dickdavid on April 25, 2012

If you want to be a better road cyclist and commuter, getting some good training is always recommended. Along with the BikeDFW Traffic Skills 101 class this weekend, you have an alternative option for becoming more skilled at riding – through the CyclingSavvy DFW group.

CyclingSavvy DFW is the Dallas/Fort Worth branch of the successful CyclingSavvy traffic cycling education program developed in Orlando, Florida. CyclingSavvy DFW‘s mission is to encourage safe, courteous, and practical bicycling in Dallas/Fort Worth through education and social events.

The CyclingSavvy class is a 3-part course designed to encourage, inspire, and empower. Train your bike and your mind to navigate safely and confidently anywhere in the DFW metroplex. Discover the tricks that make transportation by bike both fun and easy.

There are only two more classes for the spring of 2012:
This weekend, April 27-28 – Dallas
Next month, May 11-12 – Oak Cliff 
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Click here to find out more information and registration.

Click here and here to see some videos.

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Final DFW Cycling Savvy Class for 2011 – This Weekend

Posted in Advocacy, Bike Education by dickdavid on December 6, 2011

If you want to be a better road cyclist and commuter, getting some good training is always recommended. Along with the BikeDFW Traffic Skills 101 classes, you have an alternative option for becoming more skilled at riding – through the CyclingSavvy DFW group.

CyclingSavvy DFW is the Dallas/Fort Worth branch of the successful CyclingSavvy traffic cycling education program developed in Orlando, Florida. CyclingSavvy DFW‘s mission is to encourage safe, courteous, and practical bicycling in Dallas/Fort Worth through education and social events.

The CyclingSavvy class is a 3-part course designed to encourage, inspire, and empower. Train your bike and your mind to navigate safely and confidently anywhere in the DFW metroplex. Discover the tricks that make transportation by bike both fun and easy.

This weekend, is the last class for 2011Click here to find out more information.