Bike New York holds free year round classes, empowering novice cyclists with skills and state-of-the-art information. Our on –bike classes operate out of satellite Bicycle Education Centers around the City (see below for a list of bicycle education centers). Each center is equipped with a fleet of bicycles as well as helmets and other equipment.
In addition to free weekend classes, Bike New York offers free informational school assemblies and after-school programs during the academic year as well as a free summer program to youth enrolled in organized camp groups. Since 2011, Bike New York’s Education Programs have reached more than 17,500 New Yorkers with free classes.
These free classes are funded through public events, most notably the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, America’s largest cycling event. With more than 32,000 cyclists, this ride brings bike enthusiasts from all over the world to enjoy 40 miles of traffic-free streets in New York City. The Tour is co-produced by the Department of Transportation.
Thanks to Empire BlueCross BlueShield for helping us educate and empower New York City cyclists and help them feel safer and more confident on the road.
Below is a list of the classes we offer at Bike New York:
Bike Bonanzas feature free, fun activities like a Learn to Ride class, free helmets for kids and adults, bike registration, and a kid’s bike swap.
Learn to Ride — Kids is a free group class for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Through a safe, easy, effective method, Bike New York’s experienced instructors help kids learn to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Most kids get it in one session, but even if they don’t, parents leave knowing an easy, crash-free, low stress technique that will have their kids riding independently in a short amount of time.
Thinking of joining Citi Bike, New York City’s new bike share system? Attend a Citi Bike Street Skills class for a short session that includes bike share basics, like pricing and station locations, as well as essential street riding tips. Every participant will leave with a free 24-hour pass to Citi Bike, worth $9.95!
Básicos de ciclismo es un curso de 3 horas completamente gratis para adultos y adolescentes mayores de 14 años que recién aprendieron a montar bicicleta o que quieran mejorar sus habilidades básicas, tales como manejar en una línea recta o utilizar los cambios para pedalear eficientemente. Básicos de ciclismo prepara al estudiante para una experiencia de control y por lo tanto le permite convertirse en un ciclista seguro de si mismo.
Winter Riding 101 is a free evening class that offers tips and tricks to help you extend your cycling season – whether for a few weeks in the fall or straight through the entire winter.
Learn to Ride—Adults is a free, 2-hour class for adults and teens who are ready to ride! Through a safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride their bikes while taking the class, but even if they don’t, they leave with an easy, crash-free, and low-stress way to teach themselves to ride.
Bicycling Basics is a free, 3-hour class for adults and teens who recently learned how to ride a bike or who want to improve their core cycling skills. From riding in a straight line to shifting gears for efficient pedaling, Bicycling Basics prepares riders for controlled, confident cycling.
Savvy Cyclist: Traffic Skills 101 is a comprehensive, full-day program for adults and teens who want to improve their street riding skills and increase their cycling knowledge. This class is ideal for cyclists who want to build upon the basics, those returning to cycling from a long hiatus, people who want to be more independent on their bike, and those who feel a little nervous while cycling in traffic.
Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring one-hour presentation covering the many benefits of bike commuting. While no riding is involved, the class provides oodles of information on ways you can make your bike commute more comfortable, more efficient, and safer. And giveaways! No pre-registration is required for this free class.
Do you know how to fix the most common bicycle breakdown in 5 minutes or less? What two procedures will make your bike ride more easily and smoothly? Bring your bike to a half-day Bike Maintenance 101 class to learn these things and lots more.
Street Skills is a free, 90-minute evening program for adults and teens who want to understand where they fit on New York City’s bustling streets, whether in a bike lane, traffic lane, or bike box. Join fellow bicyclists (and would-be bicyclists) to learn from certified cycling instructors in an informal, classroom-style presentation and discussion in a lively space where snacks, drinks, and good company are provided.
Street Skills Rides are free, three-hour weekend programs for adults and teens who want to increase their comfort and confidence when cycling on urban streets. Apply the cycling knowledge you attained during a Street Skills class during bike handling skill drills and a small group ride of 5 to 8 miles with certified cycling instructors and like-minded experienced cyclists.
How to Buy a Bicycle is a free one-hour session that’s chock-full of information to help you navigate the bike buying process. From steel frames to knobby tires to disc brakes, How to Buy a Bicycle explains what’s what at a bike shop and helps to simplify what might seem like an overwhelming decision. Before you make an investment, attend How to Buy a Bicycle to be sure you’re spending your money wisely.