Go Redmond is offering bicycle education classes for adults to help you ride safely and confidently in Redmond.

These small classes will give participants the practical knowledge to ride safely and confidently with a mix of classroom instruction and hands on experience. 

Classes are over three consecutive weekends, for 3 hours each class (9 hours total).  There are 3 levels of classes available for adults, from Level 1 for people who have never ridden a bike before to Level 3, a class to help you ride comfortably around town.

Level 1: Start Cycling: Learn to Ride A Bike

If you’ve never ridden a bike, this class is for you.  In Level 1: Start Cycling: Learn to Ride a Bike, you will learn how to:

  • Balance on two wheels
  • Do a Power Pedal Start
  • Pedal
  • Steer
  • Brake
  • Shift gears
  • Properly fit your bike and helmet
  • Do a safety check on your bike

 

In Level 1: Start Cycling: Learn to Ride a Bike, you will learn these skills in a small-group, supportive environment where you build your skills and confidence through on-bike practice and classroom instruction.  You will develop your skills and knowledge with a lot of one-on-one attention from your instructor, riding in an empty parking lot without cars or traffic.  You’ll be amazed with what you can do, as you experience the freedom of riding a bike.

Class Name Days Date Time Location Fee 
Level 1 Start Cycling Saturday April 20-May 4 9:30 am to 12:30 Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 1 Start Cycling Saturday  April 20-May 4 1 pm to 4 pm Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 1 Start Cycling Saturday  May 11 - May 25 9:30 am to 12:30 Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 1 Start Cycling Sunday  June 2 - June 16 9:30 am to 12:30 Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 1 Start Cycling Saturday August 10-24 9:30 am to 12:30 Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20

Registration for 2019 will be handled through the City of Redmond's Park and Recreation online registration system.  Search for "Bicycle" or the class title to find the classes to register.

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Level 2 Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp

Are you new to bicycling?  Have you just learned to ride a bike?  Has it been ages since you've been on a bike?  Want to brush up on your bike skills before hitting the road?

Level 2: Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp is for people who are able to ride a 2-wheel bike.  Road Ready will help you improve your bike handling skills, and enable you to control your bike with confidence.  In Level 2: Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Campyou'll learn how to:

  • Power Pedal Start
  • Accelerate quickly
  • Maintain balance at very low speeds
  • Control your speed with front and rear brakes
  • Stop smoothly
  • Turn accurately
  • Steer around obstacles
  • Shift gears
  • Ride with one hand
  • Scan over your shoulder
  • Signal turns and lane changes
  • Make high-speed turns
  • Stop without putting a foot down
  • Perform a bike safety check
  • Wear a helmet correctly
  • Learn trail etiquette

During the last session of Road Ready, we will go on a 4-mile group bike ride on the beautiful trails of Redmond, where you'll put your new skills to practice, and see for yourself how you can use your bike for everyday needs and exercise.

Class Name Days Date Time Location Fee 
Level 2 Road Ready Saturday May 11 - May 25 1 pm to 4 pm Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 2 Road Ready Sunday June 2 - June 16 1 pm to 4 pm Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 2 Road Ready Saturday August 10-24 1 pm to 4 pm Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Level 2 Road Ready Saturday September 7-September 21 9:30 am to 12:30 Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20

Registration for 2019 will be handled through the City of Redmond's Park and Recreation online registration system.  Search for "Bicycle" or the class title to find the classes to register.

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Level 3: Go By Bike: Get There on 2 Wheels

You’ve been riding your bike for a long time. You ride frequently, sometimes for long, scenic rides, sometimes to grab something from the store, sometimes to work. You think of yourself as a competent bicyclist, but…

  • You avoid certain roads
  • You take the long way so you don’t have to use big intersections
  • You get honked at
  • Cars pass you too close
  • You have too many “close calls” and you’re not sure why 

In our Level 3: Go By Bike: Get There on 2 Wheels class, you’ll learn to use a bicycle with confidence to run errands, get to work, exercise, or just be more comfortable biking around town. This class will expand your bike handling skills and give you a solid foundation of safe cycling principles and practices to be applied in various climate, terrain, and traffic conditions.  This class is for people who have successfully completed Level 2: Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp, or by instructor permission.  If you believe you have a basic command of riding a bike, contact the instructor to see if you can jump into Level 3: Go By Bike: Get There on 2 Wheels.

The class is a mix of classroom instruction, bike handling exercises, and group/solo rides where you will learn how to:

  • Properly fit your bike and helmet
  • Do a safety check on your bike
  • Handle your bike confidently and effectively (starting, pedaling, braking, shifting gears, riding with one hand, looking over your shoulder, signaling turns)
  • Perform emergency hazard avoidance maneuvers
  • Ride on trails with courtesy
  • Follow principles of traffic law
  • Use your rights and responsibilities as a road user to safely get where you want to go
  • Identify road and traffic hazards, and how to avoid them
  • Hack traffic flow patterns to your advantage
  • Position yourself on the road to deter the mistakes of others 
  • See and be seen
  • Communicate with other road users
  • Use street-smart strategies to make your ride more efficient, direct, safe, and FUN.

During the last session of Go By Bike, we will go on a 6-mile guided ride on the trails and roads of Redmond.  During this ride, we will ride as a group to several road and traffic features, which you will then ride through solo, with the support and guidance of your instructor and classmates.

Class Name Days Date Time Location Fee
Level 3 Go By Bike Saturday September 7-September 21 1 pm to 4 pm Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE) $20
Registration for 2019 will be handled through the City of Redmond's Park and Recreation online registration system.  Search for "Bicycle" or the class title to find the classes to register.


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About the Instructor, Brian Watson

Brian Watson is a bicycling educator from Bremerton, WA, and loves teaching people how to experience the joy and freedom of riding a bike. 

With a supportive, dynamic, individualized teaching style, Brian helps students become more confident bicyclists, regardless of age, ability, or reason for riding.  Whether you have a lot of experience on a bike, haven't been on a bike since you were a kid, or have never ridden a bike before, Brian will help you learn how to get around on 2-wheels safely and effectively.

Brian holds certifications in bicycling education from the American Bicycling Education Association as a Cycling Savvy Instructor, and from the League of American Bicyclists as a League Cycling Instructor.  When he's not teaching bicycling for Go Redmond, Brian offers one-on-one bicycle coaching services and small-group bicycling classes throughout the Pacific NW through BicycleTeacher, his bicycling education service.

Brian is also a sculptor, whose work you can see at Watson Studios