Active Trans to Offer Safe Cycling Classes


Photo courtesy of the Active Transportation Alliance

The Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that aims to make bicycling, walking and public transportation safe and convenient in the city, will launch classes next week designed to help build confidence in would-be area cyclists.

Four City Cycling classes will take place on the second Saturday of the month throughout the year, beginning next Saturday, May 9. The classes, hosted at the organizations headquarters in River North, 9 W. Hubbard, Suite 402, feature an hour and a half of classroom instruction and an hour and a half of on-street instruction, which includes practice in a car-free area and riding on low-traffic streets.

“While there’s no question that Chicago and many suburban communities are more bikeable than ever, it’s perfectly natural to have some anxiety about sharing the roadway with motor traffic,” Ron Burke, executive director of Active Trans, said in a press release. “Our aim is to reach out to those individuals who see all the fun and convenience of city cycling, but would like to learn some ‘tricks of the trade’ before trekking out on their own.”

Classes will cover a variety of topics relevant to city riding, including rules of the road, how to pick the right bike, basic maintenance, proper helmet fit, how to navigate intersections, avoiding collisions and advice on commuting.

Instructors licensed by the League of American Bicyclists will teach the classes, which cost $15 for Active Trans members. Non-members can also take the class for $50, which includes a $35 tax-deductible membership fee in the purchase price. Participants must provide their own bike, helmet and lock.

To learn more about the classes and to register, visit