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.  All 2020 classes will be held via Zoom unless otherwise noted. To register for classes, please click the link below. For any questions, email aphilson@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-6012.  All classes are paid for by the City of Cambridge and every participant receives one free helmet each year.  We have not yet finalized a way to distribute helmets this year. Please stay tuned for updates.

Upcoming Bike Workshop Schedule

  • October 19 6-7PM: Urban Cycling Basics: types of bicycles and fit, clothing and gear, rules of the road, bicycle safety checks, proper locking technique, tips for getting started
  • October 26 6-7PM: Advanced Urban Cycling: navigating intersections, lane positioning, multi-modal commuting, route planning, common dangerous situations to avoid

Healthy Aging and Bicycling Series

Do you enjoy cycling and are looking for ways to be active while respecting social distancing?
Do you want to try bicycling again, but are feeling rusty?
Are you interested in learning about cycling considerations for older adults from the comfort of your home?

Cambridge’s Community Development Department, in partnership with the Council on Aging, is launching a Healthy Aging and Bicycling in Cambridge program this October. Five 1-hour workshops, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session, will be held virtually over Zoom. Participants and instructors will be able to see and engage with each other.

Classes on Tuesdays (Oct. 13, 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 10) from 9:30 am to 10:45 am.

Click Here to Register or call the Cambridge Council on Aging at 617-349-6220.
View the Healthy Aging and Bicycling Flyer.

Cycling Basics for Older Adults

October 13, 9:30am - 10:45am
Riding a bicycle is a great, low-impact way to stay active and improve mobility as well as an excellent transportation option. This workshop will discuss getting started (or back on the road) as an older adult.

Getting Back on the Bike

October 20, 9:30am - 10:45am
As we get older, what are the considerations to think about when bicycling to maximize safety and prevent injury?
We will cover strategies to adapt your riding style to accommodate physical changes.

Urban Cycling Basics

October 27, 9:30am - 10:45am
Bicycling in a city can be intimidating for anyone.
This workshop will cover what you need to know in order to get moving around the city.

Design for All Ages: Bike Lanes in Cambridge

November 3, 9:30am - 10:45am
Find out about the types of bicycle infrastructure in Cambridge and how the design process takes older adults into consideration along with how you could be part of the design process and dialogue.

Adaptive Cycling

November 10, 9:30am - 10:45am
Interested in learning about adaptive cycling options?
We will present different types of adaptive bicycles as well as adaptive cycling programs and other ways to engage with cycling as an older adult.

 

Past Bike Workshops

 

For more information about workshops, email aphilson@cambridgema.gov

Click here to join the mailing list for future bike workshops. 

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.

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 Adi Philson, aphilson@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-6012.

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