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. Adult and teen Learn to Ride courses are open to anyone 13 years old or older (and we’ve even had 75-year-old students).

2017 Learn to Ride

Registration for the first 2017 Learn to Ride session is open. Each session is 4 classes. Each class is 90 minutes and held on a Saturday, with classes being held at 10:00am-11:30am or 12:00pm-1:30pm.

Session 1: May 6, 13, 20, 27 – Registration closed.
Session 2: June 3, 10, 17, 24 – Registration closed.

Session 3: July 1, 8, 15, 22 – 10:00am – Register now! Closes June 22, 2017.
Session 3: July 1, 8, 15, 22 – 12:00pm – Register now! Closes June 22, 2017.

Session 4: July 29, August 5, 12, 19 – Register between June 22-July 20, 2017

If a class is already full, please sign up for the waitlist here.

Interested in being a volunteer instructor for 2017 classes?

To become a Volunteer Learn to Ride Instructor this year, you must first complete our orientation located at our Minneapolis shop on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Click here to sign-up and learn more!

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our Learn to Ride classes. We believe that everyone deserves access to a bicycle and the knowledge to ride safely and confidently. With your help, we can continue to build equitable bicycle friendly communities across the Twin Cities.

If you have questions, please email Pacha at [email protected].

 

About Our Classes:

  • Student and instructorWe provide bikes and helmets for participants in the class
  • We start on bikes adjusted so you can start with both feet on the ground.
  • Ultimately, riding a bike is about balance, even more than it is about pedaling.  We use the”scooter method” so you can find your balance first– the rest will come easily after that.
  • By week two, most people are pedaling. As soon as you are pedaling, we work on braking, steering, and safe riding.
  • The class is four sessions, an hour-and-a-half each, on a flat, paved area.
  • Classes are small (10 to 16 students) with plenty of instructors.
  • By the end of the four weeks, we’ll take you on a short ride on residential city streets and teach you a little traffic safety.
  • Learning to ride a bike is a very individual process.  Some people learn in 6 weeks, some learn in 1 week.  If you need or want more time to as you are learning to ride, our class sessions are conveniently staggered so you can start in one class and switch to another in order to learn with with others perfecting the same skill as you.
  • Classes are free but we suggest a donation of $40-$200 for a 4 week class.

Some suggestions:

  • We suggest that you wear closed-toe shoes that stay on your feet.
  • If it is drizzling, we will still have the class, so dress appropriately.
  • Dress in loose-fitting clothes that allow for easy movement.
  • Please come to the class on time. The more time you are in class, the better you will do.
  • We provide a helmet and a bike to use in the class.

Here is what a few participants have said:

Student with smileI have never had an opportunity or the means to learn on my own before [Cycles for Change]. Today I take my bike out daily; I have been able to commute to all the short 5 to 12 mile distances around my neighborhood running errands such as  grocery shopping and other various activities. I do not need my car much and hope in the future to make biking my main transportation mode. Since I have started biking I cut my gas bill from $180 a month to $125 a month! And that is not the only good news. I have been able to drop some pounds and my health has improved tremendously. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of these things without the services of [Cycles for Change] and the great volunteers who work there. I can’t thank [Cycles for Change] enough and the wonderful donors/volunteers who have made this a possibility.  –Fatima

My first day I learn how to ride a bicycle. The wonderful team at [Cycles for Change] taught me how to ride in four weeks. When I learned how to ride bike I taught my kids whom never rode a bike before. During the summer my kids and I ride the bike every day, and sometimes I would  even ride a bike to work and save money on gas. The team at [Cycles for Change] have a program in place that let you earn a bike in four weeks and they taught me how to carry out repairs on my bike. Thank you so much [Cycles for Change] for giving me this wonderful opportunity I didn’t had before. –Hodan

Word(s) on the street:class riding on street

Learn to Ride was featured on WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news. You can also check out the stories on the Learn to Ride program in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Star Tribune also has a fun video about the program. Diann Reynolds produced a great radio story for KFAI and PRX.

2016, 2015 thank yous go to:

Hennepin CountyHennepin County Human Services and Public Health provided funding (through the Statewide Health Improvement Program) to provide courses outside Minneapolis and St Paul.

Hennepin County Green Partners supported our activities aimed at helping Learn to Ride students make biking a habit.

Nice Ride LogoNice Ride donated one-year memberships for our 2015 Learn to Ride students. They can keep practicing on Nice Ride bikes until they get one of their own.

AAN Logo

American Academy of Neurology donated helmets for all of our 2015 students!

MiMinneapolis Park Logonneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Matthews Park staff allowed us to use the Matthews Park tennis courts for the classes!

 

City of Minneapolis has provided funding to help East African immigrants use bikes

Thank you also to Health Partners for the significant financial support they provided to the Learn to Ride program in 2015!

Health Partners

Learn to Ride class picture