On the road again
Riding a bicycle for transportation, fitness, and fun requires a few pieces of equipment: a well-running bicycle, a lock, a basket or bag to carry purchases, and perhaps a helmet. However, the most important piece of equipment a cyclist needs is the skill and confidence to operate a bicycle safely and predictably in traffic.
If you are new to cycling or returning after many years of car-focused transportation, consider how you will develop the skill and confidence needed to really enjoy cycling.
Joining small group rides offers opportunities for new riders to develop cycling skills. But enrolling in bicycle driver’s classes at the Ohio City Bicycle Coop (OCBC), 1840 Columbus Road, Cleveland, is the best way to learn and practice cycling skills.
OCBC's three-hour Intro to Traffic Skills class includes skills needed to operate a bike in traffic. The Traffic Skills 101 class is longer but still easy and includes instruction on changing a flat. Find out more about the OCBC at www.ohiocitycycles.org, or call 216-830-2667.
For a list of local bike rides and clubs, see the Bike Cleveland website at www.bikecleveland.org.
Heights Bicycle Coalition
The Heights Bicycle Coalition was formed in the spring of 2010 and works to encourage citizens to ride their bicycle for fun, fitness and transportation.