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If you live within 10 miles of your workplace, bicycling is a great way to get to work. It's fun, great for your health, less expensive than most other alternatives, and is frequently the fastest way to commute.

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Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring and informational presentation developed to answer your questions about utilitarian bicycling. Taught by experienced and enthusiastic bike commuters, the informal class will leave you excited to go by bike.

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Thu, 4/2411:30 am - 2:30 pmBronx, Bronx Community College, ME lobby [Map >]Register >
Sat, 5/171:00 pm - 2:00 pmBrooklyn, Stone Avenue Library, 581 Mother Gaston Blvd [Map >]Held in conjunction with Brooklyn Public Library's Bike to the Branches event Register >

If you live within 10 miles of your workplace, bicycling is a great way to get to work. It’s fun, great for your health, less expensive than most other alternatives, and is frequently the fastest way to commute.

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.

Year-round, our Bike Commuting presentation is available to work groups or colleges to help get employees or students started as bike commuters.

Course Content

Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring and informational presentation developed to answer your questions about utilitarian bicycling. Taught by experienced and enthusiastic bike commuters, the informal class will leave you excited to go by bike.

  • Selecting a bike
  • What to wear (helmets, bike clothes, being visible)
  • Gear for carrying cargo, riding after dark, and bad weather
  • Choosing the best route
  • Parking and locking your bike
  • Taking care of your body during and after the bike commute
  • Co-workers’ perceptions of cyclists and bike commuters

Note: No bicycling is involved in this seminar.

Course Format

Class duration: 1 hour
Class location: Indoor class space
Class size: Unlimited, as location allows
Instructors: One cycling instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists
Instructor to student ratio: 1 to many, depending on location
Equipment necessary: None
Availability of loaner bikes: Not necessary
Registration policy: No advance registration is required; walk-in students are welcome. All class dates and locations are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Is This the Right Class for You?

Are you intrigued by the idea of riding your bike to work to run local errands? Not sure what to wear, how to plot a sensible route, or how to carry your stuff? Do you have a few concerns about riding in street traffic? If so, Bike Commuting 101 is the class for you.

Bike Commuting 101 is open to adults and mature teens. No advance registration is required.

Still shaky on your bike and need practice starting, stopping, and steering with control before taking to the streets? Consider attending Bicycling Basics.

If you are already riding to work occasionally but still find yourself feeling less than confident and comfortable on the streets, consider attending Savvy Cyclist: Traffic Skills 101 (or the bite-size portions, Traffic Skills 101.1 and Traffic Skills 101.2).

Next Steps

Once you attend a Bike Commuting 101 class and discover the tricks and tips to smart commuting, take your cycling to the next level. Attend Bike New York’s free Traffic Skills 101 class, where students learn everything they need to know about confident cycling, and then some.

Want to be sure you’re taking good care of your bike and ready for any mechanical mishaps that might occur? Attend Bike New York’s Bike Maintenance 101 class, a fund-raiser for non-profit Recycle-A-Bicycle.

Has commuting by bike made you a full bike convert? Want to share your bike love with newbies? Become a Bike New York volunteer and help create the next generation of New York City cyclists.

Request a Class for Your Group

To schedule a Bike Commuting 101 seminar for your workplace, email Zoe Cheswick, Education Operations Manager.

Bike Commuting Resources

Visit our “Advice” section for more links and resources to improve your commute.

Biketoworkinfo.org is also a great resource for bicycle commuters of all experience levels.

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