Riding in the streets of L.A. sans the protective shield of a steel reinforced cage and four wheel drive, is understandably intimidating to many, but high gas prices and slumping car sales have been contrasted with record bicycle sales. More bikes on the streets is a good thing, but it's important for the sake of personal safety, that new cyclists become familiar with urban bike handling skills, safety concerns, and the rules and responsibilities that come with riding.
In Santa Monica this weekend, a class in bicycle street skills is being hosted by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors Ron Durgin and Henry Hsie. So if you want to learn about riding in L.A. in a supportive and educational environment, rather then a trial by fire, this is a golden opportunity. There is a one day in class option, and a two day option with on the bike tutoring in real road conditions. More details are available from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
In-Class Course (Saturday, August 2nd only)
Full 2-Day Course (Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd)
More Details Here
For more riding class opportunities, check out C.I.C.L.E.'s workshops. Their upcoming class for total beginning riders is full, but spots are available for their intermediate bike handling class on August 30th.