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 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.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Urban Cycling Basics Drop-In Sessions

  • Cambridge Science Festival Science in the City
  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 2PM to 6PM
  • 795 Mass Ave, City Hall front lawn
  • Drop in at any point to talk to certified instructors about how bikes work, how to bike in the city, and riding with families!

Bluebikes Youth Workshop and Group Ride

  • Cambridge youth, make the most of your April vacation week. Come learn about a fun and easy way to get around town this spring.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2019
  • 12PM to 6PM
  • Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway
  • If you would like to ride a Bluebike at this event and are under the age of 18 you are REQUIRED to bring this waiver signed by a parent/guardian with you to the event along with a valid ID: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gnscs15fMIKZIScfwKOBqp7yZwBwdz1TV6zAFbNfct4/edit?usp=sharing 

Cambridge Youth Programs Glide in the Dark glow in the dark bike ride!

  • If you are between the ages of 14-19, join us at the Frisoli Youth Center to decorate your bike and ride in the dark during school vacation week!
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
  • 7:30PM to 9PM
  • Frisoli Youth Center, 61 Willow Street
  • Registration through Cambridge Youth Programs. Email transportation@cambridgema.gov for more information. 

Women-Powered Cycling Workshop

  • Learn the basics of riding in an urban area with us!
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • 1PM to 2:30PM
  • Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway

Family Bike Night at the Collins Branch

  • Join us to learn the basics of riding with families and fixing your bike at this drop in session!
  • Need something quick fixed on your bike, or maybe just a safety tune-up to getting you riding comfortably this season? We'll have 15 minute safety tune-ups, too!
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • 4PM to 7PM
  • Collins Branch Library, 64 Aberdeen Ave

Fixit Clinic DIY Bike Workshop

  • Want to learn hands-on how to fix your bike? Expert instructors from MassBike will set you up on a bike stand and coach you along!
  • Part of the City of Cambridge Fixit Clinic
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • 11AM to 2PM
  • Joan Lorentz Park, 449 Broadway
  • Must bring your bike and be ready to work on it yourself. 

Urban Cycling Basics Workshop

  • Learn the basics for riding in Cambrige
  • This is a lecture-style workshop. Please do not bring your bicycle inside.
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • 6PM to 7:30PM
  • 344 Broadway


To register for workshops, email transportation@cambridgema.gov

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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.

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