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Tim Kelley
05-05-2011, 09:18 AM
Arlington's first Confident City Cycling class of the season is being held on May 12th!

Here is a quick course description:

"CCC1 (2 hrs.) covers basic bicycling information and on-bike skills such as: bicycle selection, fit, inspection, gearing, cadence, clothing, accessories, and bike handling basics like starting and stopping, riding straight, scanning, and signaling. Half of this class will be in the classroom and half will be on-bike practicing bike handling skills. You are invited to bring your bicycle to participate or if you do not bring a bike, you can watch others demonstrate bike handling skills. This class is a recommended preparation for CCC2. ($5 for WABA Members, $10 for non-members)
Location: Quincy Street Deck, Parking Deck (N 15th St. & Quincy St. Arlington, VA 22203)
Date: Thursday, May 12th, 6pm-8pm"

To find out more about the series of classes and for registration visit the BikeArlington Education Page (http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/biking-in-arlington/bike-education/).

We only have a few people signed up right now and can certainly accept many more--please pass this along to friends and family who might want to brush up on their cycling skills!

05-05-2011, 03:27 PM
I participated in both of these classes last summer and found them helpful. The instructors were approachable and straightforward in how they covered the class topics. The hands-on bike portion was the best part. I learned what my skill level was (nonexistent) and I learned what I needed to practice to be safe (stopping, starting, turning, and oh god - signaling). I don't remember the cost, but it was minimal compared to what I got out of the classes. :cool:


05-06-2011, 06:45 AM
I took both classes last summer and have been recommending them ever since. In fact, one of my friends wants to go this year and I'm planning to go with her as a refresher. Unfortunately, getting to Arlington by 6 pm on a work day, especially with a bike, is impossible.

Allen Muchnick
05-08-2011, 04:11 PM
Additional bicycling classes in Arlington, Fairfax, and Montgomery Counties are listed below. Smart Cycling--Traffic Skills 101 covers all the material in WABA's three Confident City Cycling series (CCC1, CCC2, plus CCC3) with less delay and hassle and with a lower ratio of students to instructor. Although the CCC classes have lower fees, they are no longer free and they no longer offer classroom instruction. I agree with the poster, that the on-bike instruction is the most valuable.

Allen Muchnick, LCI #538


Spring and Summer 2011 Bicycling Classes

Adult education programs in Arlington, Fairfax, and Montgomery Counties are separately sponsoring four cycling skills and bicycle maintenance courses taught by Allen Muchnick, a traffic cycling instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Except for the 9-hour classes with Saturday sessions, all classes meet on weekday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The four courses are:

* Smart Cycling--Traffic Skills 101, the essential, comprehensive, and very practical 9-hour cycling skills course for *all* bicyclists;

* Smart Cycling--Traffic Skills 201, 9 hours of advanced cycling and bike maintenance skills for TS 101 graduates;

* Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, a 3-hour lecture and demonstration; and

* Bicycle Mechanics Workshop, a 3-hour hands-on sequel to any course listed above.

TO REGISTER, enroll with the local course sponsor IN ADVANCE:

* Arlington Adult Education (703-228-7200 or [ http://www.arlingtonadulted.org ] ) . To view all bicycling classes, go to [ http://tinyurl.com/2dv57s ] .

* Montgomery College, Workforce Development & Continuing Education, Transportation Safety Institute (240-567-5188 or [ http://aceitoc.montgomerycollege.edu/course/CourseView.aspx ] or [ http://tinyurl.com/3xh94un ] )

* Fairfax County Adult & Community Education (703-658-1201 [or 703-658-1225] or [ https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/ ] . To view all bicycling classes, search for both "bicycle" and "cycling" or go to [ http://tinyurl.com/3mnwcm8 ] .

For questions about the instruction, contact the instructor, Allen Muchnick, at <muchnick@capaccess.org> or 703-271-0895.


SMART CYCLING--TRAFFIC SKILLS 101 (CYCLING WITH CONFIDENCE). Learn the craft of cycling with on-bike and classroom instruction in key cycling skills for roads, paths, and groups: equipment use and care, breakdown repairs, efficient pedaling, bike handling, training, vehicular (street) cycling, and crash prevention. Nine hours over two or three sessions. Bike and helmet REQUIRED for all class sessions, except the first session of courses that meet on a Saturday.

Arlington County Courses, $85 residents/$109 non-residents, seniors $65/$85:
* 11SGI816A: 3W, May 11, 18, & 25, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI816B: 3Tu, July 12, 19, 26, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr

Montgomery County Courses, $69 MD residents/$119 non-MD residents
* BIC001, 42019: Fri, May 13, 6:30-9:30 PM plus Sat, May 14, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM, Montgomery College Rockville Campus
* BIC001, 42018: Fri, June 24, 6:30-9:30 PM plus Sat, June 25, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Fairfax County Course, $125 ($96.25 for resident seniors):
* TI05302-20: Tu, June 7, 6:30-9:30 PM plus Sat, June 11, 9 AM-4 PM, Plum Ctr

* * *

SMART CYCLING--TRAFFIC SKILLS 201 (PROFICENT CYCLING). Advanced cycling and mechanical skills for Smart Cycling TS 101 graduates: ride hills, rural roads, urban arterials, and freeway merges; discuss endurance training and hot, cold, wet, and dark conditions; observe common maintenance procedures. Bike and helmet REQUIRED at all sessions. Three 3-hr sessions (9 hrs).

Arlington County Course, $85 residents/$109 non-residents, seniors $65/$85:
* 11SGI817: 3Tu, August 2, 9, & 16, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr

* * *

BICYCLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR. Lecture/demonstration on bike fit, breakdown repairs, and the inspection, adjustment, lubrication, and renovation of diverse components. Bike not required. One 3-hour session.

Arlington County Courses, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors $29/$39:
* 11SGI813A: Tu, May 10, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI813B: W, June 8, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI813C: W, July 6, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI813D: Th, August 4, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr

Fairfax County Course, $48 ($36 for resident seniors), plus $17 for optional “$25" textbook:
* TI05300-20: M, May 16, Pimmit Hills Ctr, 6:30-9:30 PM

* * *

BICYCLE MECHANICS WORKSHOP. This self-directed, hands-on sequel to any other bicycle class lets you tune up, fix, or modify your bicycle or practice inspection, maintenance, or repair procedures. Bring bike(s), supplies, and inspiration. One 3-hour session.

Arlington County Courses, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors $29/$39:
* 11SGI814A: Tu, May 17, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI814B: W, June 15, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI814C: W, July 13, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr
* 11SGI814D: Th, Aug 11, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Ctr

Fairfax County Course, $55 ($41.25 for resident seniors):
* TI05301-20: M, May 23, 6:30-9:30 PM,


Allen Muchnick
League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Instructor (LCI) #538
Arlington VA