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) and is free for people who live or work in Redmond (98052).  There are classes available for adults who have never ridden a bike before, a beginner class, and an intermediate class.

Classes are held at Thinkspace in Downtown Redmond (8201 164th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052) kitty corner from 7-11 and near the Redmond Transit Center.  Fall classes in October and November are held at  at the Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052). 

Start Cycling: Learn to Ride A Bike

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

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

In 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.

Start Cycling! Learn to Ride a Bike is available to adults (18 or older) who live or work in Redmond.  No prior experience on a bike needed.  All fitness and experience levels are welcome. Students need to bring their own helmet.  Students may bring their own bike, or borrow one for free.  If you need to borrow a bike, mark that you need one on the registration form so we can reserve one for you.

Class Dates:

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST Sunday October 21st, 28th, November 4th 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052) 
  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST Sunday November 11th, 18th, 25th 1pm to 4pm  at the Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052) 
  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Sunday 6-3, 6-10, 6-17 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Saturday 6-30, 7-7, 7-14 1pm to 4pm
  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Saturday 8-11, 8-18, 8-25 1pm to 4pm
  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Sunday 9-9, 9-16, 9-23 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Register

To be added to a waitlist for a full class, click the "Register" button and under the class selection, let us know which class you'd like to be waitlisted for.  If any spots open, you will be contacted.

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?

Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp

Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp will help you improve your bike handling skills, and enable you to control your bike with confidence.  In Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp, you'll learn how to:

  • Power Pedal Start
  • Accelerate quickly
  • Control your speed with your brakes
  • Stop smoothly
  • Turn 
  • Steer around obstacles
  • Shift gears
  • Ride with one hand
  • Scan over your shoulder
  • Signal turns and lane changes
  • Make high-speed turns
  • Do a balance stop
  • Perform a bike safety check
  • Wear a helmet correctly

Road Ready: Bike Handling Boot Camp is available to adults (18 or older) who live or work in Redmond.  Students need to be able to ride a 2-wheel bike.  All fitness and experience levels are welcome. Students need to bring their own helmet.  Students may bring their own bike as long as it is in good working order, or borrow one for free.  If you need to borrow a bike, mark that you need one on the registration form so we can reserve one for you. 

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST Sunday October 21st, 28th, November 4th 1pm to 4pm  at the Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052) 
  • 3 SPACES REMAINING: Sunday November 11th, 18th, 25th 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Redmond Public Safety Building (8701 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052)

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Go By Bike: Beginning Bicycling

In our beginner Go By Bike! Beginning Bicycling 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. 

The class is a mix of classroom instruction, bike handling exercises, and group 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 basic principles of traffic law as a bicyclist
  • 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
  • Position yourself on the road to deter the mistakes of other users
  • See and be seen
  • Communicate with other road users

Go By Bike! Beginning Bicycling is available to adults (18 or older) who live or work in Redmond.  Students need to be able to ride a 2-wheel bike.  All fitness and experience levels are welcome. Students need to bring their own helmet.  Students may bring their own bike as long as it is in good working order, or borrow one for free.  If you need to borrow a bike, mark that you need one on the registration form so we can reserve one for you.  Go By Bike! Beginning Bicycling is the pre-requisite course for Urban Cycling: Intermediate Bicycling.

Class Dates: 

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Sunday 6-3, 6-10, 6-17 1pm to 4pm

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST:  Saturday 6-30, 7-7, 7-14 9:30am to 12:30 pm

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Saturday 8-11, 8-18, 8-25 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Register

To be added to a waitlist for a full class, click the "Register" button and under the class selection, let us know which class you'd like to be waitlisted for.  If any spots open, you will be contacted.

Urban Cycling: Intermediate Bicycling

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 Urban CyclingIntermediate Bicycling, you’ll become more knowledgeable, skilled, and confident on your bike.  You’ll learn how to safely deal with traffic and other challenges on the road, and have more fun pedaling through the city.  Urban CyclingIntermediate Bicycling is designed for experienced bicyclists who want to have more freedom and less stress while riding.

Urban CyclingIntermediate Bicycling is a dynamic mix of classroom instruction, bike handling exercises, group rides, and guided individual 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 safely on busy, urban, multi-lane roads, and on suburban and rural roads
  • Position yourself in left-turn, right-turn, and through lanes
  • Position yourself within a lane based on conditions
  • Use bicycle lanes and shared-use paths
  • Identify and avoid common road and traffic hazards
  • Position yourself for maximum visibility and vantage
  • Use best practices and good judgement moment-to-moment as road and traffic conditions change
  • Think of yourself as a “bicycle driver”
  • Communicate and negotiate with other road users
  • Use traffic law and patterns of traffic movement to your advantage

Urban CyclingIntermediate Bicycling is available to adults (18 or older) who live or work in Redmond and who have successfully completed Go By Bike! Beginning Bicycling, or by instructor permission.  Students need to be able to ride at least 5 miles at 10 MPH without stopping.  Students need to bring their own helmet.  Students may bring their own bike as long as it is in good working order, or borrow one for free.  If you need to borrow a bike, mark that you need one on the registration form so we can reserve one for you.  Urban CyclingIntermediate Bicycling is the pre-requisite course for Advanced Bicycling Master Class.

Class Dates:

  • CLASS FULL, WAITLIST: Sunday 9-9, 9-16, 9-23 1pm to 4pm

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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