Bicycle Workshops

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Bicycle Workshop Schedule

The City of Cambridge is proud to offer bicycle education workshops throughout the year, free to those who work or live in Cambridge. This year we've got not only bicycle education workshops, but also appreciation events and opportunities for people 50+ to talk to us about barriers to bicycling as we age. RSVP required to all workshops and dinners.  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 a free helmet.

Saturday, June 14, 10:00 A. M. to Noon

  • On-Bicycle Refresher Training and Focus Group for people ages 50+
  • Location to be sent upon registration

Monday, June 29, 5:30 P. M. to 6:30 P. M.

  • Rules of the Road workshop 
  • 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room

Monday, June 29, 7:00 P. M. to 8:00 P. M.

  • Introduction to Urban Cycling / Hubway Basics workshop 
  • 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room

Monday, July 27, 5:30 P. M. to 6:30 P. M.

  • Introduction to Urban Cycling / Hubway Basics workshop
  • 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room

Monday, July 27, 7:00 P. M.  to 8:00 P. M.

  • Bicycle Maintenance Basics: lecture-style workshop
  • 344 Broadway, 2nd floor conference room  

Friday, August 14, 9:00 A. M. to 11:00 A. M.

  • Learn to bike for little ones: ages 5-9
  • Location to be sent upon registration

Saturday, August 15, 10:00 A. M. to 2:00 P. M.

  • On-Bicycle Refresher Course for Adults (ages 12+)
  • Location to be sent upon registration

Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M.

  • On-Bicycle Refresher Course for High School students (grades 8-12)
  • Location to be sent upon registration  

Class Descriptions

On-Bike Refresher Course

The Basics of Better Biking class is a four 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 four-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 is one hour in-class presentations designed for up to 30 participants. These workshops are great for businesses, communities,
universities, or any group looking to promote healthy transportation options. 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

Hubway Bike Share

This workshop is one hour in-class presentations designed for up to 30 participants. These workshops are great for businesses, communities,
universities, or any group looking to promote healthy transportation options. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Features of the Hubway bike
  • How to dock
  • Route planning
  • Locating Hubway stations
  • Clothing
  • Proper helmet use
  • Rules of the road and safety tips

Urban Cycling Basics

This workshop is one hour in-class presentations designed for up to 30 participants. These workshops are great for businesses, communities,
universities, or any group looking to promote healthy transportation options. 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.

Bicycle Maintenance Basics

This workshop is one hour in-class presentations designed for up to 30 participants. These workshops are great for businesses, communities,
universities, or any group looking to promote healthy transportation options. This workshop covers the following topics:

  • The anatomy of the bike
  • Fixing flats
  • Adjusting brakes
  • Repairing a chain
  • Securing wheels
  • Overall bike safety check
  • Seat height

For More Information

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