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Citi Bike is New York City's bike share system. With thousands of bicycles at hundreds of stations, riding a bike in NYC has never been easier!

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Citi Bike is New York City's bike share system. With thousands of bicycles at hundreds of stations, riding a bike in NYC has never been easier!


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!

Each Street Skills class offers important street riding information in a quick, off-bike session. The interactive class will provide concrete examples of city cycling scenarios and how best to handle them so that you enjoy pleasant, stress-free rides. Topics will include where bikes fit on New York City’s bustling streets, whether in a bike lane, traffic lane, bike box and much more. Join fellow Citi Bike riders (and future Citi Bike riders) 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.


Course Content

Street Skills classes teach the need-to-knows of urban street cycling. Participants leave with a complete understanding of their rights and responsibilities on the road as well as bike-related goodies from Bike New York.  The class covers:

  • Understanding bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road
  • How to avoid basic road hazards
  • Understanding traffic principles
  • Where to ride on the road, including lane and intersection positioning and changing lanes
  • How to use New York City bike facilities including various types of bike lanes, bike boxes, and more

Street Skills classes consist of entirely classroom-based learning. Participants will receive literature and accessories to ensure continued safe and enjoyable riding.

After attending a Street Skills class, we highly recommend joining Bike New York for a Street Skills ride, where you will put your knowledge to good use!

Course Format

Class duration: 1 hour
Class location: Indoor classroom; see schedule for specifics
Class size: Varies based on space available
Instructors: One certified League Cycling Instructor
Instructor to student ratio: 1 to many, varying depending on class space
Equipment necessary: None
Availability of loaner bikes: Not necessary
Registration policy: Advance registration is requested of all participants; walk-in students are welcome

Is This the Right Class for You?

Street Skills classes are ideal for all riders, including those relatively new to city cycling, those returning to cycling from a long hiatus, those who want to be more in tune with bike progress in New York City, and those who want to be more confident cycling on busy streets. In other words, if you are interested in taking to the streets but want to do so with a more complete understanding of where you belong on the road, Street Skills is for you. The lessons covered in the classroom will become most clear out on the road, though. Join Bike New York for a Street Skills ride after attending this indoor class and you will get the most out of the series.

Street Skills classes are open to adults and mature teens who are at least 16 years old. Participants between 16 and 18 years old must attend with a legal guardian.

Are you comfortable balancing and pedaling but definitely not ready for open streets? Need help starting, stopping, and riding with control? Consider attending Bike New York’s free, 2-hour Bicycling Basics class, which teaches these essential cycling skills.

If you are interested in private instruction, visit the League of American Bicyclists website to find a certified cycling instructor in your area.

Registration Details

Online registration is requested, but not required for this course. By registering in advance, you add your name to a roster that helps Bike New York know how many people to expect and allows us to send you important class information, should any details change at the last minute.

Rain Policy

Because classes are held indoors, Street Skills sessions are held rain or shine.

Next Steps

Once you attend a Street Skills class, put your knowledge into practice on a Street Skills ride, the on-bike session that complements your classroom learning. Experienced cycling instructors will guide you through a short on-street and greenway ride to ensure you feel comfortable bicycling most places in New York City.

Then, consider joining Bike New York at the Discover Hudson Valley Ride or the Twin Lights Ride, which give you the choice of riding 18 to 100 miles on beautiful routes outside New York City.

Also consider paying it forward! Much of Bike New York’s free educational programming is run by trained, dedicated volunteers. Find out how you can help others become more competent cyclists here.

If you are a skilled, knowledgeable cyclist and you enjoyed the Street Skills class, consider becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). We recommend that anyone interested in pursuing LCI certification attend a full-day Savvy Cyclist: Traffic Skills 101 class.

Schedule a Class for Your Group

Bike New York’s certified League Cycling Instructors also lead Street Skills classes for groups of engineers, urban planners, transportation management associations, public health officials, and others. Individuals are welcome to coordinate a free Street Skills course for their co-workers or community group (minimum 12 participants) in the New York metro area. Simply email Zoe Cheswick to set a date and location.

Students are Saying

"I am 27 years old and I had never been on a bicycle until the class. This was something I always wanted to learn, but the more years that passed the more anxious I felt about the process of learning. Now I am really exited about cycling, and I am looking forward to the summer on wheels! I even inspired my older sister to learn!"

"Thanks so much, I couldn't tell you guys enough how grateful I am for the wonderful program you have and the skillful professionals that you are! I had a great time! Thank you for all your volunteers and all the people that make these bike lessons for adults happen! I am so very happy—I am 60 yrs young, never learned to ride a bike and with your volunteer staff's guidance, patience and instructions, I learned the same day!"

"Just want to thank you for the wonderful teaching session today. 25 years after the first attempt, I finally learned how to ride a bike--in two hours! I think you have a great program."

"Just wanted to thank you guys for starting me on skill I will have for a lifetime."

Traffic Smarts Quiz

Before your next ride, test yourself with these 12 questions to find out how well you know your rights and responsibilities as a street cyclist.

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