Bikes in the City: Education Program

C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) is committed to promoting the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice, and our ‘Bikes in the City’ workshop curriculum plays a big part in helping us accomplish our mission.

Education provides the knowledge, skills, and the confidence to get people bicycling safely, whether it’s for health, transportation, or to improve one’s quality of life. We’ve designed our workshops to meet with the varying needs of individuals—developing the skills and providing the knowledge that is appropriate for each person at his/her specific stage of learning.

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Beginning Bike Handling Skills

Bike handling skills play a BIG part in bicycle safety—both on the street and on bike paths. This workshop is designed specifically for new riders who can balance and ride their bikes, but still feel quite “wobbly”. Get ready to learn the basics of riding; controlled starting and stopping, using your gears, smooth turning, checking your bike for basic mechanical safety.This class will help you develop the stability and confidence that you need to enjoy the exciting world of bicycling for fun and transportation. If you’re already confident with basic bike handling, you might be ready for a more advanced class. See the next workshop in the series, ‘Handle It Better!’ to better determine your skill level. Feel free to call or write us with any questions.

Bikes & Transit: Expanding your Mobility

In this hands on workshop you will learn the ins and outs of taking your bike to/on transit. We will address all issues that face bicyclists as they board buses and trains in Los Angeles county. Bicycles and transit are a perfect match, and this workshop will prepare you to make your next transit trip with a bike.

Creating great places to bike

From bicycle lanes to bike boulevards, chicanes to road diets–get immersed in the world of hot bicycle and walking facilities that are creating great places to live and bike. Learn what facilities can make streets safer and more convenient for bicycling (and walking.) Enjoy a tantalizing talk, a sexy slide show, short-n-sassy films, and handy-dandy handouts. Plus, as a special offer, we’ll even throw in a Q & A segment absolutely free!

Go Shopping by Bike!

Learn how easy it is to tote a week’s worth of groceries home by bike. Check out grocery-getting gear, tips and tricks on traffic negotiation, great bike routes and basic bike mechanical safety. After the workshop, join us for a short ride to a local grocery store or farmer’s market.

Intermediate Bike Handling Skills

This intermediate level bike handling skills workshop will take your ability to the next level. Get ready to build a greater sense of confidence that will enhance your overall city bicycling experience. Gain better balance and control, and learn techniques that will enable you to navigate dense city traffic. Learn critical evasive maneuvers that will allow you to skillfully avoid tricky traffic situations and road debris.

To attend this class you must be able to:

  • Start your bike with confidence and ease.
  • Balance and steer your bike
  • Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
  • Use your gears
  • Remove one hand from your handlebar without veering.

If you are unable to meet with the above criteria, we recommend that you take our ‘Can You Handle It?’ course first. Feel free to call or write us with any questions.

Learn to Ride (for adults)

Did you never learn to ride a bicycle but would like to learn as an adult? Now’s your chance! Join C.I.C.L.E. Instructors for this two-hour class that will get you out there rolling on two wheels. Bring your own bicycle. If you do not have a bicycle, we may be able to provide you with one.

Losing 3,000 lbs. in One Day: The Amazing Car-Lite Diet (Presentation)

Drop the weight of your daily automobile usage and gain a more intimate connection with your community and yourself. Presented by the compassionate Car-Free gurus of C.I.C.L.E., Liz and Shay will show you how easy it is to start living a Car-Lite lifestyle. Learn how to create great bike routes, how to carry loads on your bike, how to keep your experiences positive and fun, and much more. Free

The Bicyclist Lifestyle

Don’t know how to get those groceries home from the store? What about getting your hyper-active, 50 lb. pooch to the vet without a car? Get a thorough and hands-on introduction to working solutions that will make your bike trips carefree and enjoyable. Topics include bikes, clothing, gear/accessories, personal hygiene, creating good routes, specialty cargo solutions, multi-modal options. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to try out different types of bikes, trailers, cargo-bikes, panniers and other gear in a casual and hands-on environment.  

Traffic Basics

Designed for the person that is new to riding in city traffic, this is the perfect workshop to get you, or someone you love, out there bicycling on city streets both safely and confidently. During the first part of the workshop, we will help you develop a thorough understanding of the basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety. For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hittin’ the road for an easy bike ride that will put what you just learned into practice. This workshop requires that you are already confident with your bike handling abilities.

To attend this class you must be able to:

  • Start your bike with confidence and ease.
  • Balance and steer your bike
  • Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
  • Use your gears effectively
  • Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
  • Look over your shoulder without veering.

If you need to boost your bike handling skills, please see our ‘Can You Handle It?’ and ‘Handle It Better!’ (above) workshop descriptions to better determine your skill level. Feel free to call or write us with any questions.


C.I.C.L.E. would like to thank Eagle Rock Plaza and Councilmember Huizar for supporting our Eagle Rock workshops.