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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fort Collins Bike Co-op Offers Bicycle Education Classes

The Fort Collins Bike Co-op is offering a series of Bicycle Education classes in September and October leading to certification by the League of American Bicyclists through their League Cycling Instructor program.

League Cycling Instructors, or LCIs, teach cyclists to ride safely and motorists to share the road. Since March the Bike Co-op has trained eight new LCIs in Fort Collins. The program this fall is designed to double that number. Ultimately, the Co-op hopes to “train the trainers” and see a number of P.E. teachers, law enforcement officers, bicycle advocates and other local school teachers become certified instructors under this program.
Certification as an LCI requires thirty-three hours of in-class and on-the-bike instruction. The required courses include a nine hour “Traffic Skills 101 (TS101)” prerequisite class which must be taken before the twenty-four hour League Cycling Seminar. Classes offered this fall are as follows:

Traffic Skills 101:

Date: Saturday & Sunday morning Sept. 19 & 20, 2009
Instructor: Rick Price
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Fee: $60 (scholarships or waivers are available for those who will teach or assist with teaching classes in Fort Collins)

Course Description:
The course gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and satisfies the prerequisite for the LCI seminar we will offer October 16 - 19, 2009.

To sign up: Contact Rick@experienceplus.com or call 970-310-5238

Traffic Skills 101:

Date: Saturday Evening & Sunday morning Sept. 26 & 27, 2009
Instructor: Anthony DeNardo
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Fee: $60 (scholarships or waivers are available for those who will teach or assist with teaching classes in Fort Collins)

Course Description:
The course gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and satisfies the prerequisite for the LCI seminar we will offer October 16 - 19, 2009.

To sign up: Contact Anthony@Denardo.com or call 970-472-8855

League Cycling Instructor Seminar

Date: Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, October 16 – 18, 2009
Instructor: John Rider, LCI #699 from Madison, WI
Description: The League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Certification Seminar focuses on developing skills for instructing beginning and advanced cyclists. Technical bicycling knowledge is not emphasized in the Seminar. Therefore, it is essential that all participants bring a common bicycling background to the Seminar. This is accomplished by requiring Traffic Safety 101 as a prerequisite for the LCI Certification Seminar. Please see the two TS101 classes offered above in Fort Collins in September. These satisfy the prerequisite for admission to the October 16 LCI seminar. For complete details on why you might want to become a League Cycling Instructor visit the League of American Bicyclists education pages.


Fee: $200 (scholarships may be available for this, contact Rick Price).

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