Smart Cycling Class

I received an email from which the following excepts are taken:

On Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd, Troy Bike Rescue is offering the League of American Bicyclists certified Smart Cycling Class.  The two day class, which will meet from 6pm to 9pm Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday in the Enable Labs offices, located on the 4th floor of the TRIP Building at 415 River St. in Troy, will cover a variety of topics including cycling in an urban environment, vehicle and traffic law as it relates to cycling, bicycle maintenance, as well as cyclist rights and responsibilities. The Friday portion of the class will be primarily classroom instruction, while the Saturday portion will mostly be practical, riding instruction. The purpose of the class is to help new and experienced cyclists alike become more confident while riding their bikes on the streets of Troy. League Certified Instructor, Claire Nolan, will teach the class. The cost of the class is $40, which will include books and materials. Students are asked to pre-register here.  Class size is limited to 12. Troy Bike Rescue is planning on offering additional classes throughout the year.

Highly recommended.

Take care.

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6 responses to “Smart Cycling Class

  1. Recommended.

    I’ve always been curious why this is so expensive. Yes, it’s clearly worth $40. But this is a barrier to safer cyclists. Someone who does not have a lot of money is not going to drop $40. Someone who does not really care about cycling is not going to drop $40 but will continue to ride unsafely.

    • You make a good point. They should invite participants to pay more and use the excess to sponsor fellow students. That, or institute a sliding scale. Maybe a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for future classes?

      It might be interesting to know where the money goes. Do instructors get it all (less the cost of the handouts) or do they have to send some to the League?

  2. Hi! Thank you for posting this. I am the person who sent the email originally. Maybe I can shed some light on the cost issue.
    Becoming a League Certified Instructor is costly and time consuming (I am not yet an LCI, but working on it.) Additionally, the instructor must purchase from the League of American Bicyclists the course materials in advance. So, each instructor is allowed to set their own rates for the class. Claire, who teaches this class regularly, has set her cost at a reasonable $40. This covers her cost of materials and the time that it takes to prepare for and teach the class. For a 9 hour class, that works out to less than $5/hr for instruction. You’d pay much more for a Yoga class.

    That being said, Troy Bike Rescue realizes that the cost can be an impediment. I have advanced a proposal to the Board of Directors for TBR to sponsor 5 low income people for this Smart Cycling class and 2 people (me being one) to become League Certified Instructors. If this proposal passes, we will then require the new LCIs to teach the class quarterly, and at only the cost of the materials + optional donation. The donations will go to TBR, not the instructor.

    If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to answer them, or refer you to somebody who can if I’m not able to. Thanks for the plug!

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