The Smart Cycling Program is a great opportunity to learn how to ride your bike safely! The program is offered in 2 sessions. A 3 hr Classroom Session orients you to best cycling practices, followed by a ~6 hr Road Session where you put what you learned in the classroom to practice. The curriculum is certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) and taught across the USA. Your instructors have been certified by the LAB to teach Smart Cycling.
The Smart Cycling Classroom Session I covers bicycling and the law, crashes and how to avoid them, as well as how to drive your bike safely in a variety of road, traffic, and weather conditions day or night. Your instructors have extensive commuting, touring, group and club riding experience. This session is a pre-requisite for the Smart Cycling Road Session II.
The Smart Cycling Road Session II is for students who have completed the Classroom Session I. It includes (1) parking lot drills where you will increase your bike handling skills and learn some emergency maneuvers to avoid motor vehicle collisions and (2) riding on a variety of local streets and bike paths while practicing proper lane positioning and performing safe and legal turning maneuvers.
Smart Cycling Class Schedule and Registration Links
Smart Cycling is taught by the SD County Bike Coalition monthly and alternates between venues in Oceanside and Mira Mesa. Other classes are scheduled as needed. Currently the Oceanside classes are offered free courtesy of a grant from the City of Oceanside and include a lunch during the road session. The Mira Mesa classroom session at Qualcomm requires a nominal fee of $25 that also entitles you to a SD County Bike Coalition Membership upon graduation. Click on date links for more info and to register.
In consideration of Coronavirus-19 safety, in-person classes are cancelled until further notice, but we continue to offer the Classroom sessions online via Zoom.
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Apr 14: 6-9pm (50% discount)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Mon May 18: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Jun 16: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Mon Jul 13: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Tue Aug 11: 6-9pm (Free)
Virtual (Zoom) Classroom Mon Sep 14: 6-9pm (Free)
Further cancellation of following classes may occur until we are sure it is safe to hold these classes
Mira Mesa Classroom Tue Oct 6: 6-9pm Road Sat Oct 10: 9am-3pm
Oceanside Classroom Mon Nov 9: 6-9pm Road Sat Nov 14: 9am-3:30pm
Mira Mesa Classroom Tue Dec 1: 6-9pm Road Sat Dec 5: 9am-3pm
A minimum of 6 students is required for each session. If the minimum is not met, students may be moved to a later class.