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May-June 2006 Newsletter

2006 New Rider & Bike Handling Classes

by , VP Education

New Rider & Bike Handling classes will be offered again this summer by the Louisville Bicycle Club. As part of the Mayorís Healthy Hometown Movement, the Education Committee has been awarded a grant from the city of Louisville to assist in the education of local cyclists. The hope is that we can reach and instruct 150 new cyclists throughout the city this summer. With the expectation of reaching this many riders, and the difficulty of dealing with this large of a group, we have had to make some changes to the program.

This summerís classes will have a new consolidated format and will be offered in two different locations. There will be two eight-week sessions instead of the traditional 16 weeks. The first session will begin Monday, May 1, and run through the end of June. This class will meet at 4500 Bowling Boulevard in St. Matthews, next to the Baptist East/Milestone Wellness Center.

The second session will begin July 10 and run through the end of August. This session will meet at the Waterfront Park purple parking lot on River Road. Both sessions will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. There will be no class on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day or Monday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July.

The classes will cover the same material as we have in the past but in a revised format. Participants will be encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. We will be tracking attendance and working on weekly evaluations as part of our contract with the city. Riders will receive a simple handbook with basic cycling information, a mileage log to track their class participation, and evaluation forms. Certificates of Completion will be given to all participants who attend six of the eight sessions. These will be handed out during the Mayorís Labor Day ride.

This new format will be an adventure for all involved. Seventy-five people per class will present a challenge for the instructors and ride mentors. A new location at Riverfront Park will mean a new ride route. Tracking attendance and getting feedback from the participants will help us improve the format for future classes. If you are interested in volunteering to work with these classes throughout the summer, please contact Steve Sarson at 400-7089. Mileage credit will be given to all LBC members who assist in the classes. We will need some extra people willing to be there for all eight sessions.


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