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.  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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 9:00 A. M. to 3:00 P. M.

  • Earth Day 2015 – Cambridge Science Festival
  • Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway
  • Come learn all about getting around town without getting behind the wheel! Join us for a bike wash, bike tune-up, and lots of fun games!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 3:00 P. M. to 4:00 P. M.

  • An Introduction to Hubway and urban cycling 
  • Earth Day 2015 – Cambridge Science Festival
  • Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30 A. M. to 10:00 A. M.

Saturday, April 25, 2:30 P. M. to 4:00 P. M.

  • Women-Powered Bicycling Workshop
  • Fresh Pond Apartments, 364 Rindge Avenue 

Wednesday April 29, 5:30 P. M. to 7:30 P. M.

  • Healthy Aging Dinner & Focus Group
  • Fresh Pond Apartments, 364 Rindge Ave 
  • Are you 50+ and ride a bike? Join us for a conversation about barriers to bicycling in Cambridge and help us make our community a bicyclists dream. You must rsvp for this dinner. Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@Cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4671.

Saturday, May 2, 2:30 P. M. to 4 P. M.

  • Bicycle Maintenance Basics Workshop
  • Fresh Pond Apartments, 364 Rindge Avenue 

Monday, May 4, 7:30 A. M. to 9:30 A. M.

  • Bike Appreciation with the Cambridge Police Department 
  • Inman Square - Vellucci Plaza

Monday May 11, 7 A. M. to 9:00 A. M.

  • Bike Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Charles River Transportation Management Association
  • University Park, 23 Sidney Street

Monday May 11, 11 A. M.  to 1:00 P. M.

  • Healthy Aging Bicycle Maintenance Basics Workshop
  • Agassiz Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento Street 
  • Are you 50+? Then get on over to the Agassiz Baldwin Community Center on May 11 to learn to fix a flat while talking with CDD staff about barriers to bicycling in Cambridge!

Tuesday, May 12, 7 A. M. to 9:00 A. M.

  • Bike Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Charles River Transportation Management Association
  • Alewife T Station at the Minuteman Bikeway 

Tuesday May 12, Noon to 2:00 P. M.

  • Bike to Lunch event! 
  • Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway 
  • Join the Cambridge Police Department, CDD and the Cambridge Public Library to talk bikes, bikes, bikes. City employee? Get your bike tuned up, too!  

Wednesday May 13, 7 A. M. to 9:00 A. M.

  • Bicycle Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Harvard University
  • Smith Campus Center 1350 Mass Ave (on the Mt Auburn Street side)

Thursday May 14, 7 A. M. to 9:00 A. M.

  • Bike Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the Charles River Transportation Management Association
  • Cambridge Center, Broadway, Kendall Square

Thursday May 14, 3:30 P. M. to 5 P. M.

  • Intro to Hubway/Urban Cycling Workshop
  • 344 Broadway, 2nd floor
  • City employee? Get your bike tuned up, too!
  • Are you 50+ and ride a bike? Join us for a conversation about barriers to bicycling in Cambridge and help us make our community a bicyclists dream. You must rsvp for this dinner.
  • Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@Cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4671.

Saturday, May 16, 2:00 P. M. to 6 P. M.

  • On-Bike Training
  • Danehy Park, New Street parking lot near the dog park
  • You must RSVP for this workshop.
  • Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-4671. 

Wednesday May 20, 6:00 P. M. to 8 P. M.

  • Healthy Aging Dinner & Focus Group
  • Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave 
  • Are you 50+ and ride a bike? Join us for a conversation about barriers to bicycling in Cambridge and help us make our community a bicyclists dream. You must rsvp for this dinner.
  • Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@Cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4671.

Thursday, May 21, 7:30 A. M. to 9:30 A. M.

  • Bicycle Appreciation event with the Cambridge Police Department
  • Porter Square at the bicycle left turn lane

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:30 A. M.to 10:00 A. M.

Sunday May 31, 10 A. M. to 2:00 P. M.

  • Healthy Aging On-Bike workshop
  • Memorial Drive, exact location TBD 
  • Are you 50+? Then get on over to Memorial Drive on May 31 for a 4-hour on-bike training, while talking with CDD staff about barriers to bicycling in Cambridge!

Class Descriptions

On-Bike Training

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. For minors wishing to take the class, please contact Jennifer, 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 Bikeshare

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.