Smart Cycling

UCI Transportation is proud to offer the League of American Bicyclist’s Smart Cycling course, 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 with any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you in Smart Cycling!


In-Class Sessions are On Demand!
Take the In-Class session at your own pace as we go through all you need to know from the Smart Cycling curriculum in three parts. Once you complete all videos, take the quiz to be prepared for our next In-Bike Session - coming soon!


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
  • Visibility
  • Predictability
  • Preparedness
  • Principles of Vehicular Cycling
  • Rules of the Road
  • Where to Ride
  • Hazard Avoidance
  • Commuter Tips
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Complete the Smart Cycling Quiz

Have you completed the online In-Class sessions or attended the in-person In-Class and On-Bike sessions? Complete the quiz to receive a potential certificate! Those who pass the On-Bike session also receive a helmet, pair of lights, and Parktool multi-tool.

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.


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.

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Why should you apply to be a BikeUCI Ambassador?

“As a BikeUCI Ambassador, I’m able to inspire people to ride as well as educate and help them see that they are indeed capable of biking. Many people are deterred from biking because they lack familiarity of basic bike safety and the rules of the road, but Ambassadors are here to help!”

Tania Reyes | Alumni

“I love to inspire people to be more eco-friendly, and using a bike to commute is an excellent way to reduce your environmental footprint! Biking safely and obeying all traffic regulations is very important to me.”

Ella Csuka | Student

“Biking around Irvine has helped me realize that it's a pretty neat mode of transportation. Bikes are more reliable than we give them credit for, and with the right gear, they can replace a car entirely.”

Vivian Lu | Alumni

“I started biking back when I was in high school. Ever since then, I fell in love with the bike. When I bike, I feel like I am a part of that tradition, and would like to share this honor with as many people as possible. I have extensive knowledge about the mechanics of bicycles and the motivation to help build a stronger biking community.”

Norbert Tsi | Alumni