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  • Classes on bike safety, repair offered

    Mar 01, 2016 | Read More News
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    Bike repairCyclists can learn some valuable skills and get free safety items for their bikes at several skills classes offered in March and April by Pima County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and the League of American Bicyclists. To sign up, call 724-BIKE (2453) or email Olga Valenzuela-Ochoa.

    Participants need to bring a bike in good working condition to the free classes. Topic, description, time and location are:

    UA-area Bike Ride – a one-hour ride to familiarize riders with the UA bike routes and navigating the streetcar tracks. Participants will receive a choice of one free item: helmet, front and rear bike light set or bicycle U-lock. All classes held at the UA-Pima County Bike Station on the UA Mall and Highland Avenue. 
    • Monday, March 7, 10-11 a.m. 
    • Tuesday, April 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
    Get Back on Your Bike – an easy two-hour ride to familiarize riders with bike topics, local streets and safety tips. Recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up; 13-15 OK with a parent. Participants will receive a choice of one free item: helmet, front and rear bike light set, bicycle U-lock, or multi tool. Both classes held at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave.
    • Saturday, March 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Saturday, April 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    Confident and Capable Cyclist - a primer for cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. Learn how to perform a quick safety check, fix a flat, and do minor mechanical adjustments. Recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up; 13-15 OK with a parent. Participants who take both classes (Parts 1 and 2) will receive a choice of two free items: helmet, front and rear bike light set, bicycle U-lock, or multi tool. 
    • Part 1, Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-9 p.m. - Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway.
    • Part 2, Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m - Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway.
    • Part 1, Thursday, March 22, 6:30-9 p.m. - Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St. 
    • Part 2, Saturday, March 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. - Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St. 
    • Part 1, Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-9 p.m. - Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St.
    • Part 2, Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m - Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St.
    • Part 1, Thursday, April 14, 6:30-9 p.m. - Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway.
    • Part 2, Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. - Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway.
    Confident and Capable Cyclist for Women - a primer for cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate a bicycle in a variety of situations. Course also delves into the history of women and the bicycle, covers women-specific bicycle fit, clothing, and personal security issues while riding alone. Learn how to perform a quick safety check, fix a flat, and do minor mechanical adjustments. Recommended for adults and youth ages 16 and up; 13-15 OK with a parent. Participants who take both classes (Parts 1 and 2) will receive a choice of two free items: helmet, front and rear bike light set, bicycle U-lock, or multi tool.   All classes will be held at Perimeter Bicycling, 2609 E. Broadway.
    • Part 1, Thursday, March 17, 6:30-9 p.m. 
    • Part 2, Saturday, March 19, 8 a.m.-2 p.m 
    • Part 1, Thursday, April 21, 6:30-9 p.m. 
    • Part 2, Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Training and Fitness (Traffic Skills 201) & Getting to Work Safely (Commuting) – teaches more advanced students fitness and physiology, training for longer rides, advanced mechanics, pace line skills, advanced traffic negotiation, foul weather riding and night riding. Student manuals included. Bikes in good ridable condition with at least one functioning handbrake or coaster brake are required for the Saturday part of the class. Fixed gear bike must have at least one functioning hand brake. Participants will receive a flashing LED leg band and a choice of a high quality U-lock or bike light set. All classes will be held at the Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St. 
    • Part 1, Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-9 p.m. 
    • Part 2, Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Mechanics Class – focuses on basic mechanics of the bicycle and will include repair and adjustment of the most common problems. Bring your bikes and plan on getting your hands dirty. Class size is limited to 10 people. Participants will receive a free flashing LED leg band and a choice of a free bicycle U-lock, bike light set or multi tool. All classes will be held at the Ward VI Council Office, 3202 East 1st St. 
    • Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    • Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    Women’s Mechanic Class – same as the Mechanic Class, but is geared for women riders.
    • Saturday, March 5, 1-5 p.m. 
    • Saturday, April 2, 1-5 p.m.