There Is Still Time to Attend a Summer Bike Workshop!


8/9/2018

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Take Advantage of a Free Bike Workshop This Summer!

The City of Cambridge is proud to offer bicycle education workshops throughout the year, free to those who work or live in Cambridge.  All classes are lecture-style workshops unless otherwise noted. To register for classes, please email jlawrence@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4671. See the bottom of this page for class descriptions. All classes are paid for by the City of Cambridge and every participant receives one free helmet each year.


Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop

  • Learn about the basics of bike maintenance and more
  • All are welcome to join in
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Moore Youth Center, 12 Gilmore Street


Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics Workshop

  • Learn about the basics of bike maintenance and more
  • All are welcome to join in
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • 12:30 to 2:00 PM
  • Moore Youth Center, 12 Gilmore Street


RESCHEDULED: On-Bike Refresher Course

  • Has it been awhile since you've ridden a bike?
  • Do you know how to bike, but want help riding in the city?
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway (meet at the Tennis Courts)


Main Library Fix-It Clinic DIY Bike Maintenance Workshop

  • Come fix your own bike with professional help
  • Drop-In at any time 
  • All are welcome to join in
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Main Library, 449 Broadway


Women-Powered Cycling Workshop

  • An Urban Cycling Basics workshop geared towards women
  • All are welcome
  • Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • 5:30 to 7:00PM
  • CDD, 344 Broadway



To join the mailing list for future bike workshops, email Jennifer Lawrence, jlawrence@cambridgema.gov. 

Class Descriptions

Bicycle Maintenance Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • The anatomy of the bike
  • Removing wheels
  • Fixing flats
  • Chain Maintenance
  • Pre-Ride check
  • Seat height
  • Portable tool kit
  • Keeping your bike healthy with preventative bike maintenance

Beyond Maintenance Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Basic repair tools
  • Thoroughly cleaning and lubricating your bike
  • Removing both wheels
  • Completely changing a flat tire
  • Pinpointing squeaks and rattles
  • Removing pedals
  • Adjusting front and rear brakes + derailleurs,
  • Dealing with a broken spoke

Winter Biking Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Benefits of biking, including better personal health, saved money, environmental benefits, and others
  • Staying at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like
  • Route planning
  • Locking
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Staying dry and clean
  • Using safety equipment, including helmet, lights, and reflective gear
  • Rules of the Road and staying safe while biking

On-Bike Refresher Course

The Basics of Better Biking class is a three hour class designed for adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. This three-hour weekend session provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. Topics covered include bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, and more.

Some notes about the class:

  • A bicycle in good working order and a helmet are required.
  • Preregistration is required.
  • This class is intended for participants 18 and older, unless otherwise noted. To register, please contact Jennifer Lawrence, jlawrence@cambridgema.gov.

Riding with Families

  • Options for biking with children, such as front seats, rear seats, front cargo bikes, bike trailers
  • How is biking with kids different than biking solo?
  • How can I bike with my children when there are no routes with bike infrastructure?
  • How young is too young for children to be with parents while biking?
  • What does the law say for children?
  • How is buying bikes for children different from buying bikes for adults?
  • How do I appropriately fit a child to a bicycle?
  • How do I teach children the rules of the road?
  • What is the Safe Routes to School program? 

Rules of the Road

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Bike safety statistics
  • Rules of the road
  • Bike-specific laws and legislation
  • Car-specific laws and legislation
  • General safety tips
  • Current legislative efforts
  • Motivation for obeying traffic laws

Urban Cycling Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Finding the right kind of bike
  • Route planning
  • Safety equipment, including lights and a helmet
  • Locking properly
  • Transporting small loads or children by bike
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Rules of the road and safety tips.

For More Information

For more information about bicycle workshops or bicycle education in Cambridge, please contact Jennifer Lawrence, jlawrence@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-4671.