Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride classes for 2019 are now complete. Please check back in spring 2020 for our next Learn to Ride class opportunities.

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. Learn to Ride is available at a sliding scale cost of $0-$150, with the true cost per person being $90. No one is turned away for an inability to pay. However, we ask that you pay as close to the real $90 cost as you can so that this programming can continue to be possible. Any contributions above $90 help to ensure that this class is open to everyone. Learn to Ride courses are open to anyone 14 years old or older. Please contact Low Kling, Programs Director, at [email protected] with any questions.

About the classes:

    • Each Learn to Ride session consists of 90 minutes classes and each session runs for four weeks.  
    • 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, participants progress to working on basic bike handling skills and how to ride in the road. C4C provides helmets and bikes for participants during classes. While the bikes we provide are just for use during classes, the helmets are for participants to keep!

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 contact Low Kling at [email protected].

2019 Minneapolis Class Dates:

All Minneapolis classes will take place on the tennis courts at Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

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

June 2019 – Session 2 – Matthews Park
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – June 5, 12, 19, 26
Registration now closed.
THURSDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – June 6, 13, 20, 27
Registration now closed.

July 2019 – Session 3 – Matthews Park
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – July 3, 10, 17, 24
Registration now closed.
THURSDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – July 11, 18, 25, 31 (Wed)
Registration now closed.

August 2019 – Session 4 – Matthews Park
TUESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – August 6, 13, 20, 27
Registration now closed.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – August 7, 14, 21, 28
Registration now closed.
THURSDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – August 8, 15, 22, 29
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY MORNINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 10:00-11:30am – August 10, 17, 24, 31
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 12:00-1:30pm – August 10, 17, 24, 31
Registration now closed.

September 2019 – Session 5 – Matthews Park
TUESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – September 3, 10, 17, 24
Registration now closed.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – September 4, 11, 18, 25
Registration now closed.
THURSDAY EVENINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 6:30-8:00pm – September 5, 12, 19, 26
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY MORNINGS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 10:00-11:30am – September 7, 14, 21, 28
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in Minneapolis at Matthews Park 12:00-1:30pm – September 7, 14, 21, 28
Registration now closed.

2019 St. Paul class dates:

All St. Paul classes will take place at West Minnehaha Rec Center, 685 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, MN.

May 2019 – Session 1 – Minnehaha Rec Center
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – May 7, 14, 21, 28
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 3:30-5:00pm – May 11, 18, 25, June 1
Registration now closed.

June 2019 – Session 2 – Minnehaha Rec Center
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – June 4, 11, 18, 25
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY MORNINGS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 10:00-11:30am – June 8, 15, 22, 29
Registration now closed.

July 2019 – Session 3 – Minnehaha Rec Center
TUESDAY AFTERNOONS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 2:00-3:30pm – July 2, 9, 16, 23
Registration now closed.
SATURDAY MORNINGS in St. Paul at Minnehaha 10:00-11:30am – July 6, 13, 20, 27
Registration now closed.

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