Commuter Connection offers the following bicycle education courses as a free service to downtown employers and property managers.
Basics of Bicycling for Transportation (1 hour classroom course)
Minneapolis is the #1 cycling city in the U.S. according to Bicycling Magazine – come see what it’s all about! This presentation will help you to develop the skills you need to use your bicycle for more of your trips – including your trip to work. Participants will learn about riding a bicycle as a vehicle, safety, riding comfort, and good tips for getting into and around downtown. We can also bring a demonstration model of the bike rack that is equipped on all regional buses so you can practice putting your bike on a bus. Join fellow employees and learn about how to become part of the cycling wave in Minneapolis.
Basic Maintenance Course (1 hour classroom course)
One of the fun things about bicycles is that with a little know-how, most people can keep them running with their own hands. This course covers basic maintenance techniques, including keeping a bicycle clean and lubricated and fixing a flat tire. If time permits, we’ll also cover basic brake and derailleur adjustment.
Bicycle Skills (1.5 hour bicycle ride)
Haven’t been on a bicycle in a while? We offer a parking lot course where you can hone your skills and learn to be a confident and safe bicycle commuter. We cover the basic skills of starting and stopping, scanning, signaling & maintaining a straight line, dodging small objects on the road, and stopping quickly.
Riding With Traffic (1.5 hour bicycle ride)
Put into practice what you learned in the Basics of Bicycling for Transportation! Take a ride through downtown Minneapolis with two certified instructors as your guides. We’ll practice roadway positioning, scanning, signaling and turning and changing lanes. We’ll also show you how to get to and from the major trail heads that surround downtown Minneapolis using recommended bicycling routes. Don’t have a bike downtown? No worries, we have a partnership with Nice Ride MN, which allows us to offer free access to Nice Ride bike for our guided rides. Plus, for a limited time, we will be giving away free Nice Ride MN helmets to participants in our Riding With Traffic course.
Contact Andrew Rankin, email@example.com, 612-370-3987 ext 205 to schedule courses for your organization.