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 transportation@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.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Bluebikes Women's Month Meetup Harvard Square

  • October is Women's Bike Month! Come join Bluebikes to celebrate fellow women and gender-nonconforming people who bike in Metro Boston
  • An overview of tips to get started on a bike, rules of the road, and safety tips for urban biking will be given
  • Bluebikes will provide appetizers. Each attendee will be given a free month membership and two adventure passes to bring a friend along on their next bike ride
  • This event is open to bikers of all skill levels, from beginning to experts. Veteran bikers should feel empowered to share tips and tricks with women who may be new to biking, or are thinking of trying biking in Metro Boston
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • 6PM to 7:30PM
  • Beat Brew Hall, 35 Brattle St

Family Bike Night at the Collins Branch

  • Drop-in at any time during this evening session to meet the instructor
  • We will focus on any questions you may have about biking with families or bicycle maintenance
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • 4PM to 7PM
  • Collins Branch Library, 64 Aberdeen Ave

Cambridge Fixit Clinic

  • Drop-in at any time during this Saturday session (first come, first served)
  • You will learn how to fix your bike with an experienced instructor
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • 10AM to 1PM
  • Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl St

Femmechanic’s Grrreasetime at Broadway Bicycle School

  • Monthly Grrreastime at Broadway Bicycle School!
  • Open shop time for anyone who identifies as femme, trans, GNC, non-binary, and/or as a woman
  • Come clean up your bike, start a new project, share a bike story, teach a skill, or anything else
  • This is a free event through Femmechanics and is not sponsored by the City of Cambridge
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • 6:30PM to 8:30PM
  • Broadway Bicycle School, 351 Broadway

Bicycle Light Installation Nights

  • As the days are getting shorter, make sure you're staying visible on the road with bike lights!
  • This fall through winter, Cambridge City staff and volunteers will be handing out free bike lights at different points throughout the city:
    • Monday, October 28, 2019: 5:30-7:30pm: Central Square at Carl F Barron Plaza
    • Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 3:00-6:30pm: Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
    • Monday, November 18, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm: Russell Field House; Fresh Pond Apartments
    • Monday, December 2, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm: Inman Square - Cambridge St at Hampshire St
    • Monday, December 16, 2019: 2:30-6:30: Cambridge Street Upper School; East Cambridge - Sixth St at Cambridge St
    • Monday, January 6, 2020: 3:00-6:30pm: Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
    • Monday, January 27, 2020: 4:30-6:30pm: Porter MBTA station Plaza
    • Monday February 10, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: The Port - Broadway at Windsor St
    • Monday February 24, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: Harvard Square Plaza


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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