Learn to Ride

The 2018 Learn to Ride season is complete. Thank you to everyone who helped make these classes possible. Please check back in April 2019 for more information regarding this season’s classes.

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? Cycles for Change’s adult Learn to Ride class may be just right for you. This class is offered at a sliding scale rate (to be published in March 2019). Contact Program Director, Magdalena Kaluza, at [email protected] if you are in need of a scholarship. 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.

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). See schedule below.

If you are interested in being a 2019 Learn to Ride Volunteer, please click here and fill out the Volunteer Interest Form. Thank you!

2019 Minneapolis Class Dates:

All Minneapolis classes will take place on the tennis courts at Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406 or in East Phillips, 2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (East Phillips location and hours are tentative and subject to change).

May 2019 – Session 1 – Matthews Park
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – May 8, 15, 22, 29 – Register April 15-30, 2019
THURSDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 1:30-3:00pm – May 9, 16, 23, 30 – Register April 15-30, 2019

June 2019 – Session 2 – Matthews Park
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Register May 1-15, 2019
THURSDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 1:30-3:00pm – June 6, 13, 20, 27 – Register May 1-15, 2019

July 2019 – Session 3 – Matthews Park
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – July 3, 10, 17, 24 – Register June 1-15, 2019
THURSDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 1:30-3:00pm – July 11, 18, 25, 31 (Wed) – Register June 1-15, 2019

August 2019 – Session 4 – East Phillips
FRIDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at East Phillips 1:30-3:00pm – August 9, 16, 23, 30 – Register July 1-15, 2019

September 2019 – Session 5 – East Phillips
FRIDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at East Phillips 1:30-3:00pm – September 6, 13, 20, 27 – Register August 1-15, 2019

2019 St. Paul class dates:

All St. Paul classes will take place at West Minnehaha Rec Center, 685 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, MN or at Lake Phalen, 1000 Wheelock Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55106.

May 2019 – Session 1 – Minnehaha
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – May 7, 14, 21, 28 – Register April 15-30, 2019
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 3:30-5:00pm – May 11, 18, 25, June 1 – Register April 15-30, 2019

June 2019 – Session 2 – Minnehaha
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – June 4, 11, 18, 25 – Register May 1-15, 2019
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 3:30-5:00pm – June 8, 15, 22, 29 – Register May 1-15, 2019

July 2019 – Session 3 – Minnehaha
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – July 2, 9, 16, 23 – Register June 1-15, 2019
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 3:30-5:00pm – July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Register June 1-15, 2019

August 2019 – Session 4 – Lake Phalen
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Lake Phalen 2:00-3:30pm – August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Register July 1-15, 2019
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Lake Phalen 3:00-4:30pm – August 10, 17, 24, 31 – Register July 1-15, 2019

September 2019 – Session 5 – Lake Phalen
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Lake Phalen 2:00-3:30pm – September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Register August 1-15, 2019
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Lake Phalen 3:00-4:30pm – September 7, 14, 21, 28 – Register August 1-15, 2019

Here is what a few 2018 participants had to say about Learn to Ride classes:

“I think it’s very cool to do something that was sort of set up in my mind as something I couldn’t do, which was the same experience with powerlifting. I think this is changing, but I think that–for women especially–some of us didn’t grow up with a lot of physical skills. That was definitely my experience. It was very empowering to feel more physically competent.”
– Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, pictured left
2018 student

“I’m just really flabbergasted at how I had this mental block for years and years and years. My wife knows how to ride and she tried for years to help me. I think I can actually say now that I’ve learned how to ride a bike. Not confidently, but it’s getting there, and I’m looking at buying a bike.”
– Richard Lau
2018 student

2018 thank yous:

  • Minnehaha Rec Center staff
  • Minneapolis Parks and Rec/Matthews Park staff
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program
  • Nice Ride Minnesota for helmets
  • American Academy of Neurology for helmets