Saturday, July 20, 2013

Some Biking Classes and Rides to Consider

I have always enjoyed riding a bike, but really never felt comfortable riding in traffic until I had to take a course while working for the Dept. of Transportation, through the League of American Bicyclists.  I learned so much that made me more aware of how to ride in traffic, and also made me a better driver around bikes, especially where there are a high number of bikes like in the campus areas of Milwaukee.  Now that there are so many bike lanes being added, a course in how to use them and how to bike in general would be a good idea for anyone.

The urban ecology centers offer a plethora of opportunities for biking.  I'll put an excerpt from their latest newsletter.  WP- Washington Park, MV- Menomonee Valley, RP-Riverside Park:

Pedaling Programs

Pedal Through Washington Park
 (WP)
If you're new to cycling, this is a great way to start! You'll learn safe cycling skills on the paved paths of Washington Park and its surrounding neighborhood.

Saturday, July 27th | 10 a.m. - noon
Click here for more info and to register.

Savvy City Cycling for Ladies (MV)
Hosted by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and targeted specifically at female riders, this class will begin with an indoor review of street riding best practices before heading outside for on-bike skills practice. We'll finish with an optional ride through the newly-opened Three Bridges Park after the class. BYOB(bike) and helmet, or borrow one from the Center. Gain the skills and confidence to go by bike!

Tuesday, July 23rd | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Click here for more info and to register.

Tour de Ecology (RP)
Take a tour of all three branches of the Urban Ecology Center by bike! Riders will pedal along the Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron trails and return via city streets. Stop at each branch along the way and learn what makes each one unique!

Saturday, August 17th | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Click here for more info and to register.

Bike the Hank Aaron State Trail (MV)
Explore the Menomonee Valley (including the brand new Three Bridges Park) via the Hank Aaron State Trail and discover all the Valley has to offer!

Saturday, August 24th | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Click here for more info and to register.

Savvy City Cycling and Bike Tour (RP)
Put your new cycling skills to use! This class will begin indoors to review best street riding practices and then head outside for an on-bike skills practice and a relaxed ride to explore routes and trails found within 5 miles of the Riverside Park.

Saturday, September 7th | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Click here for more info and to register.


Bike Kids of Wisconsin also has summer programs that are still ongoing.  Click on their link to see what a standard week looks like and what your child can learn.  It is all about biking, but more about using a bike as a means to have adventures.  Watching their Facebook page this summer has been fun because you can see how the bike camps make kids more independent and build confidence.

Another place you can go for rides with other cyclists is the Blue Ribbon Bike Rides every Tuesday night at 6 pm.  Meet at the Roman Coin, 1004 E. Brady St.  Hosted by Adam Baus, director of "The Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes", they explore Milwaukee's bike lanes, trails, and streets.  A new route every week.  Helmets and Lights heavily encouraged.  And if you feel confident, you can join the Amazing Milwaukee Race on Bikes in August.

Tuesday is Ladies Night at the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective, another great resource for classes or help in doing maintenance on your bike.  Meet from 6:30-9 at 2910 W. Clybourn.


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