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    The Parks and Recreation Department offers three bicycle safety courses: City Cycling, Bicycle Mechanics I, and Bicycle Mechanics II.

    See below for descriptions, dates and times, registration and contact information.

    City Cycling

    Learn to fix a flat and cycle safely in Albuquerque as a vehicular cyclist for fitness, commuting, or recreation. This three hour seminar, taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Julian Paul Butt, includes a complimentary patch kit and Bicycling Street Smarts booklet. City Cycling classes are held on the first Saturday of every month through August of 2014. The class is held at the Esperanza Community Bike Shop (5600 Esperanza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105), starts at 10:00am sharp and finishes at 1:00pm. The cost for the class is $10 and payment is due at the time of the class, cash or check are accepted. *You do not need to bring your bicycle for this class.*

    City Cycling II

    (City Cycling I is a prerequisite for this course)

    Practice skills to cycle safely in Albuquerque as a vehicular cyclist for fitness, commuting or recreation. This three hour class, taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Julian Paul Butt, is a hands-on follow up to City Cycling and completes a League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills class. We will practice bicycle handling skills and take a short, 2 to 4 mile group ride. There will be a League of American Bicyclists certificate for participants who successfully complete the class. Please bring a bicycle in good working order, a CPSA certified, non-crashed helmet and come with clothing to ride. We will end the class at 1:00pm. The cost for the class is $10, and payment is due at the time of the class. Cash or check are accepted. *You do need to bring your bicycle for this class.* Registration is required. click here to sign up. The location is Esperanza Community Bicycle Shop. The class starts at 10 a.m. sharp and goes until 1:00 p.m.

    City Cyling I classes are held on the first Saturday of every month through August of 2014.

    Registration is required. Click this link to sign up.

    All classes are now visible in a calendar format on BikeHubNM.com learn more here!

    Bike Mechanics I

    Learn the fundamentals of basic tune-up, shifting systems and brake systems. The cost for the class is $10. Payment is due at the time of the class, cash and checks are accepted. The class is held at the Esperanza Community Bike Shop (5600 Esperanza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105), and starts at 10:00am sharp and finishes at 4:00pm. There will be a break for lunch at 1:00pm.

    Registration is required. Click this link to sign up.

    Bike Mechanics II

    Learn about ball bearings and wheel truing. The cost for the class is $10. Payment is due at the time of the class, cash and checks are accepted. The class is held at the Esperanza Community Bike Shop (5600 Esperanza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105), and starts at 10:00am sharp and finishes at 1:00pm. No previous knowledge of bicycle mechanics is necessary for this class, however it is an in-depth training seminar.

    Registration is required. Click this link to sign up.

    Beginning in October 2013, Bike Mechanics classes are now on the second Saturday of every month through August of 2014.  All classes are now visible in a calendar format on BikeHubNM.com learn more here!

    Pumped Up!

    Flat repair and bicycle safety education is offered to middle school and high school students for free. To encourage middle school students to bike more and to bike safely, this is a free one-hour flat repair class, with a talk on helmet and traffic safety and important maintenance tips. This part lecture, part hands-on class teaches youth how to change their own flat tires, identify mechanical problems, the importance of helmet use and how to drive their bicycles safely; in a fun and engaging presentation. This presentation is offered both during and after school hours.

    Call (505)768-BIKE to schedule.

    For more information, call Julian Paul Butt at (505) 225-8537 or julian@painted sparrows.com.

     

    Bike Rodeo: Youth Bicycle Safety Program

    Any group interested in hosting a bike safety clinic for youth ages 7-10 can call (505) 768-BIKE (2453) to schedule a Bike Rodeo. This program will teach the child how to "drive" their bike safely through a safety talk and a hands-on experience. The lessons learned will teach the child how to avoid injuries as they drive their bike.

    We will provide bikes, helmets, props, signs, and the best instructor in the country. Groups must provide at least 15 youth, a smooth surface (parking lot or basketball court) and some adult help.

    • Dates: Year round
    • Cost: Free
    • Registration: (505) 768-BIKE
    • Life Skills Learned: Environment, traffic safety, alternative modes of transportation, and decision-making.

    Bicycling Safety Tips

    • Go with the Flow, never ride against traffic.
    • Ride in the right most lane serving your destination.
    • Always have 3 feet of clear space on your right.
    • Wear a helmet; you only have one brain protect it.
    • Must have headlights and taillights & rear reflectors while riding at night.
    • STOP completely at Stop Signs and Yellow/Red Lights.
    • Look left, look right, look left again at all intersections.
    • Be seen; wear bright colors and reflective vests.
    • Pedal in a straight line, cars don’t weave nor should you.
    • Scan over your shoulder for vehicles often.
    • Be aware for potholes, cars entering roadway, kids, etc.
    • Use hand signals when safe to do so.
    • Don’t pass on the right, unless you are in a bike lane.
    • Use the Bike Lane & Bike Boxes
    • Make sure your bike is mechanically sound, brakes work.
    • Don’t exceed the speed limit. Announce yourself to pedestrians before you pass them.
    • Don’t pedal your bike while under the influence.
    • Drive your Bike as you would drive a Car.

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