We will begin classes again in May of 2018. Please check back in March of 2018 for information on classes and registration. If you would like to receive a reminder email, please sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/LTRinterestlist2018
About Learn to Ride:
Have you always wanted to ride a bike, but the time never seemed right? Maybe the last time you rode a bike was 20 years ago. Want to learn to ride or try riding again in a safe environment? C4C’s adult Learn to Ride class may be just right for you. The class is free but donations are always appreciated. Learn to Ride courses are open to anyone 14 years old or older.
About the classes:
- Learn to Ride classes are an hour-and-a-half long and they run for four weeks.
- The classes focus on teaching the basics of how to ride and pedal a bicycle for adults who have never learned, or for whom it’s been a long time.
- Our curriculum starts with and emphasizes learning to balance, followed by learning to pedal. Then, we progress to working on basic bike handling skills and how to ride in the road. We provide helmets and bikes for participants during the class.
- We do not charge for the class, as we are committed to making our classes as accessible as possible for people of all economic backgrounds. However, we do suggest a donation of $30-$200 for the course, which helps us cover the cost of transporting and maintaining bikes, training staff and volunteers, and registering individuals for the course. We ask that you pay what you can, knowing that donating more helps us keep the class accessible and affordable for those who may not be able to afford as much right now.
Volunteering for Learn to Ride classes:
Volunteering as Learn to Ride Instructor is an amazing way to share a love of biking, promote riding in the Twin Cities, and build community. Volunteers work with staff and other volunteers to teach our Learn to Ride curriculum, offer encouragement, and help make class a supportive learning environment.
- Skills Needed: Instructors are required to have attended a Learn To Ride Train-The-Trainer training. Volunteers should have patience, enjoy working with people, and be friendly, respectful, and fun-loving.
- Commitment: Ability to attend and help with an entire session of Learn To Ride Classes (1x per week for 4 weeks). In the past, we have had classes on Saturdays at 10am or 12pm.
If you have questions, please email Anneka at [email protected]cyclesforchange.org.
If you are interested in being a 2018 Learn to Ride Volunteer, please click here and fill out the Volunteer Interest Form. Thank you!
Here is what a few 2017 participants have said about Learn to Ride classes:
- This has been a fun and exciting experience. I was able to get out of my comfort zone
- I feel like I can do anything now, I feel stronger, and determined. Next stop…swimming!
- It was great to have the feeling and experience to ride the bike. It was one of the things I wanted to do for a long time, to me it’s a dream come true.
- Learning to ride was not easy for me, I remember I couldn’t ride until the last week of classes and I would feel so down about it because all my classmates were getting it right away. But I was able to become more confident as I overcome these challenges and pushed myself to continue. As I type this, I came back from an hour ride around my neighborhood and I felt amazing.
2017 thank yous:
- Minneapolis Health Department
- Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
- Carolyn Foundation
- Nice Ride Minnesota for helmets
- American Academy of Neurology for helmets
- 7/29/14 – Star Tribune video
- 7/29/14 – Minneapolis Star Tribune
- 8/9/14 – WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news story
- 5/23/15 – St. Paul Pioneer Press article
- KFAI audio story