True Beginners

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Atlanta’s getting better by bike, and the best way to enjoy it is confidently! This instructional class is for true beginners – adults who have never been on a bicycle or those who or those who may have tried riding a bike a few times, but are not comfortable balancing, starting and stopping, shifting gears, and scanning the environment while pedaling. 

We are launching a 7-part Virtual True Beginners Class.    New bike riders are encouraged to attend all seven parts since each class builds on the one prior.  Classes are from 5:30-6:15 p.m., with the exception of our community celebration ride which will be 90 minutes down the Westside Beltline.  You will receive a RingCentral Zoom link prior to each class. 

To enroll in the free, virtual course, RSVP now for the first class in the course -  Thursday, May 14th.  You will receive Zoom invites for that lesson and all the following ones.

 

Getting a bike

  May 14

Balancing and Braking

May 18

Pedaling

May 21

Turning

May 28

Shifting

June 1

Riding on a paved path

June 4

Community ride

July 12

 

We are hoping to resume our in-person, two-part, four-hour True Beginners classes in July.

Attendance at this or any class conducted by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition indicates your agreement to the following liability waiver: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Liability Waiver.


  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM · 11 rsvps

    True Beginners: July - Session 1 of 2

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    Are you ready to be part of Atlanta’s bicycling craze? The city’s got more and more folks out there riding bikes for fitness, commuting to work and school, as a means to get errands done, or taking in the BeltLine and other park spaces on two wheels. Come learn how to ride a bike.

    This class is for true beginners – adults who have never been on a bicycle or those who may have tried riding a bike a few times, but are not comfortable balancing, starting and stopping, shifting gears, and scanning the environment while pedaling. After two 2-hour classes, you will get all those skills and leave empowered to join the thousands of other cyclists enjoying and negotiating Atlanta. 

    We have a limited number of bikes for true beginners to use and we may be able to provide two graduates with a bicycle of their own. Please bring a helmet, water, and sunscreen. The first 30 minutes is informational and the remaining 90 minutes will be outside on a bike.

    Session 1 - Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm

    Please only participate if you're able to attend both class dates.  RSVP for both sessions.

    Getting started classroom, 30 minutes

    Introductions

    • Helmet fit – two finger rule
    • Know your bike
    • Bike safety – ABC Quick Check

    Basic skills outside, 90 minutes (break halfway through)

    • Brakes
    • Balance
    • Coast
    • Pedal
    • Stop
    • Power start

    Session 2 - Saturday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm

    Safety essentials classroom, 30 minutes

    • Road rules (bike as a vehicle)
    • Safe riding practices
    • What to carry

    Advanced skills / Additional practice outside, 90 minutes

    • Continue to work on Basic Skills, or
    • Scanning over shoulder
    • Turns and signaling
    • Gear Shifting

    Meet at the Washington Park Recreation Center

     

    These free classes are provided with the support of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

     

  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM · 11 rsvps

    True Beginners: July - Session 2 of 2

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    Are you ready to be part of Atlanta’s bicycling craze? The city’s got more and more folks out there riding bikes for fitness, commuting to work and school, as a means to get errands done, or taking in the BeltLine and other park spaces on two wheels. Come learn how to ride a bike.

    This class is for true beginners – adults who have never been on a bicycle or those who may have tried riding a bike a few times, but are not comfortable balancing, starting and stopping, shifting gears, and scanning the environment while pedaling. After two 2-hour classes, you will get all those skills and leave empowered to join the thousands of other cyclists enjoying and negotiating Atlanta. 

    We have a limited number of bikes for true beginners to use and we may be able to provide two graduates with a bicycle of their own. Please bring a helmet, water, and sunscreen. The first 30 minutes is informational and the remaining 90 minutes will be outside on a bike.

    Session 1 - Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm

    Please only participate if you're able to attend both class dates.  RSVP for both sessions.

    Getting started classroom, 30 minutes

    Introductions

    • Helmet fit – two finger rule
    • Know your bike
    • Bike safety – ABC Quick Check

    Basic skills outside, 90 minutes (break halfway through)

    • Brakes
    • Balance
    • Coast
    • Pedal
    • Stop
    • Power start

    Session 2 - Saturday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00pm

    Safety essentials classroom, 30 minutes

    • Road rules (bike as a vehicle)
    • Safe riding practices
    • What to carry

    Advanced skills / Additional practice outside, 90 minutes

    • Continue to work on Basic Skills, or
    • Scanning over shoulder
    • Turns and signaling
    • Gear Shifting

    Meet at the Washington Park Recreation Center

     

    These free classes are provided with the support of the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

     

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