Make this your bicycling summer

This could be the summer that you use your bicycle to get around town for errands, commuting to work, and for fun. To enjoy cycling, however, you need to be confident in your skills, informed about rules of the road and about basic bicycle equipment safety.

Become a confident rider in a class taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. The Heights Bicycle Coalition (HBC) is offering a Smart Cycling for adults on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Heights High.

Participants learn how to choose the right bicycle, perform quick-checks for safety before starting to ride, what to wear, how to maintain a bicycle and operate it efficiently, and how to get around safely on streets and trails. 

Smart Cycling gives you the tips, tools and techniques to operate your bicycle confidently. The course includes classroom instruction and bike-handling drills in the parking lot. You can also take an exam to become certified for safe, fun riding.

When you know what it takes to be a more confident cyclist, you will want to ride more, and that can save money and time and increase your fitness, health and happiness. Best of all, you’ll be ready to take part in HBC's Free Wheelin’ Wednesday group rides. (Watch for an article listing Free Wheelin’ Wednesday rides in the June Heights Observer.)

The Smart Cycling instructor will be League Certified Instructor (LCI) Wendy Soucie, a local cyclist who has volunteered with the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, rides with the Western Reserve Wheelers and paddles a kayak or hikes when not on two wheels. Register for the class by May 1 at, or  contact Joy Henderson for more info at

The 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.

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Volume 6, Issue 4, Posted 1:32 PM, 03.28.2013