2007 New Rider/Bike Handling Classesby , VP Education
Attention Volunteers, New Riders and Those Wanting to Improve!
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 a group this large, 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. The first session will begin Monday, May 7, and run through the end of June. Note that this first session will only be seven classes, as we will not meet on Memorial Day, May 28. This first class will meet at the TARC building at 1000 West Broadway. TARC has graciously allowed us to use their parking lot this year. This should alleviate the noise and parking problems experienced at Waterfront Park last year. The second session will begin July 9 and run through the end of August. The second session will meet at 4500 Bowling Boulevard in St. Matthews, next to the Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. There will be no class on Monday, July 2, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Based on feedback from last yearís participants and discussions among the instructors, we have made a few minor changes to the program. Participants will be encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, as different hands-on skills will be covered each week. 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. The potential to have over 75 people per class will present a challenge for the instructors and ride mentors. The new downtown location will mean a new ride route. We will also include a second, more challenging route from the downtown location for those who want to challenge themselves as the sessions go on. 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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web posted: 21 May 2007
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