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Intro to Safe Cycling

  • ZLAC Rowing Club 1111 Pacific Beach Drive San Diego, CA, 92109 United States (map)
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Registration deadline: Saturday, November 17th


Sometimes we can’t row! Bicycling is a great way to get around town; it’s healthy and fun. This class is an introduction to the principles of riding safely on roads shared with motor vehicles. Are you: 

  • Able to ride a bike, but find cycling on the road more scary than fun?

  • Hoping to gain knowledge and confidence on the bike?

  • Wanting to crosstrain by cycling outdoors, instead of indoors?

  • Hoping to begin biking to work, school, appointments, ZLAC, etc.?

  • An experienced cyclist, but no one ever taught you the laws?

  • Just guessing at the rules of the road?

If so, then this course is for you!


Intro to Safe Cycling
from 15.00

Option 1: Classroom session only ($15)

  • 9:00-10:00: Classroom session indoors, covering the principles of safe “vehicular cycling” and legal rights and responsibilities.

Option 2: Classroom session (above) AND on-bike sessions ($30)

  • 10:00-11:00: On-bike in the parking lot, practicing bike handling and emergency maneuvers. 

  • 11:00-12:00: On-bike on the road, practicing riding safely in traffic, negotiating intersections, and in-lane positioning. This will be a slow and easy ride with frequent stops. After the parking lot session, instructor may disallow the student to continue if either feels that the student is not ready to ride safely on the road.

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To participate in the on-bike sections of this course you MUST:

  • Wear a helmet.

  • Bring an appropriate bicycle in sound, working condition, ready to be ridden, air in the tires.

  • Be able to ride said bicycle reasonably well, i.e. being able to start, stop, turn, ride in a straight line, and look over your shoulder.


Minimum age 13. All must sign waiver, or if aged 13-17 have it signed by parent/guardian. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule. Bring water, a snack if needed, and appropriate outdoor clothes, preferably in bright colors. Wear pants or tights that are skinny at the ankle, or you can bring a clip, velcro strip, or long socks to secure loose pants.


Taught by: Susan Patch, The League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor #5866 • San Diego County Bicycle Coalition • ZLAC member

Questions? Please email Susan Patch

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