UCI Transportation is proud to offer the League of American Bicyclist’s Smart Cycling, an ongoing program that aims to increase campus understanding of essential cycling skills, including repairing, handling, and riding legally in traffic. Smart Cycling provides a complimentary two-part training seminar offered by our certified League Cycling Instructors. All UCI affiliates and family members 18 and over are invited to attend.
This fast paced program includes a 2.5-hour classroom session and a 5.5-hour on-bike session. Classes are held on campus during each quarter, including summer.
Participants will receive a League of American Bicyclists “Smart Cycling” student manual ($20 value) and a certificate upon successful completion of the written and on-bike skill-testing examinations. Bonus give-aways include lights, helmets, and multi-tools. For those who attend both sessions and pass a written exam, a certificate of completion will be issued.
Trained “Smart Cyclists” are encouraged to participate in campus biking festivals throughout the year, helping to educate their fellow campus peers about cycling skills and safety.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you in Smart Cycling!
Next Class: May 8 & 12
Part 1 – Classroom Session
The classroom session is held on a single evening. This course is required prior to the “on-bike” training. No bike is required. During this course, you will be learning:
- Bike Basics
- Principles of Vehicular Cycling
- Rules of the Road
- Where to Ride
- Hazard Avoidance
- Commuter Tips
Part 2 – On-Bike Session
Prerequisite: Part 1 – Classroom Session
Those who complete the first session will be invited to join the second session of the program, where you will practice your new cycling skills on a nine-mile bike ride. If you also decide to take the written exam and pass, you will receive your own Smart Cycling certificate.
Those in attendance will be learning:
- Bike and Helmet Fit
- Fix a Flat
- Chain Lube
- ABC Quick Check
- Handling Skills & Drills
- Hazard Avoidance Skills & Drills
- Approximately 9 mile Road Ride (start and end in Lot 1C)
Required to bring for the On-Bike session:
- A Bicycle: Please have one in good repair, with a front and rear brake (no coaster brakes), and that fits properly
- Helmet: You will be provided a helmet if you do not have one
- Class Registration & Waiver: You will not be able participate in drills or the road skills portion without a signed waiver.
- Minimum Skills
- Independently pedal and ride a bicycle
- Dismount the bicycle without struggling
To ensure the best experience possible, we advise you to bring sunscreen, water, snacks, closed-toed shoes, comfortable, high-visible clothing (athletic wear), cycling gloves, and bicycle tools.
Bike Shop Safety Check & Tune-Up
Each Smart Cycling student who complete Part 1 – Classroom Session may receive a complimentary Smart Cycling Mechanical Safety Check & Tune-Up at the University Bike Shop. This service includes all adjustments including brakes, derailleurs, bolt check, and minor on-bike spoke adjustments should they be needed.
Safety is our first priority. We recommend you take your bike in for this free (and optional) safety check & tune-up before taking Part 2 – On-Bike Session. Mechanical issues you may be unaware of, will cause delays and it would be best to catch them prior to our parking lot drills and ride around Irvine. The Bike Shop is located near Mesa Court Housing and open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. They will have your name on a list so please bring your ID. To view the location and hours, please visit their website: http://www.bikereligion.com/page/irvine-ca-store
Next Steps – BikeUCI Ambassadors & Peer Education
Trained Smart Cyclists are essential towards helping to inform other campus employees and students about cycling skills and safety. Smart Cyclists are encouraged to join the BikeUCI Ambassadors, a volunteer program to mentor, support, and strengthen our cycling community. Smart Cyclists are welcomed to volunteer at UCI Transportation’s ongoing bike festivals, including WhimCycle and uciRIDEtoberfest, and at future Smart Cycling classes. During these events, Smart Cyclists will be able to apply what they’ve learned during their training and help educate their peers on cycling.