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Adult Education

The Bike Fed staff are experienced teaching a wide variety of bicycle safety classes targeted to adults of varying skills and confidence levels.

In 2024 Bike Fed has funding through a partnership with the Bureau of Transportation Safety at the Wisconsin DOT to provide adult bicycle safety education courses free of charge to residents. This year a main focus of the classes will be on the more vulnerable populations. We can offer classes geared towards women riders, riders over the age of 65, new residents to Wisconsin – including recent refugees, and even those who haven’t learned to ride on two wheels yet! We are available for contracted services above and beyond this funding source, so please reach out if you are interested in either hosting or attending. Check back on this page and our events listings for more specific class listings and information.

Teaching Safe Bicycling

Looking to host a Bicycle Rodeo for Kids in your community? Bike Fed can train adult volunteers and community members on how and why safe riding skills for kids are important. In addition we will cover best practices and skill building lessons through a child focused lens.

A class of women with paper plates of food sit together in an office with bicycle photos on the walls
The Bella Donna’s Cycling Club seen here taking a weekend Savvy City Cycling Class.

Smart Cycling

Something for all abilities.  Designed to develop confidence and competence of a bicycle rider. Students will learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride your bike in various traffic conditions, terrain and climates.   Beginner to Advanced course options available. Classes led by our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors.

Typically an advanced Smart Cycling course includes four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of on-bike instruction. 2 – 8 hours

Smart Cycling – Cycling Without Age

This class is similar to Smart Cycling from the perspective of pedaling a tri-shaw. Includes: bike laws, how to safely and comfortably share the roads, basic bicycle operation, pre-trip maintenance, and loading/unloading passengers.  90 minutes

Learn to Ride for Adults

Never had the chance to learn to ride two wheels? It’s never to late to learn! We focus on balance and handling in small group settings to help empower new riders.

Man on dutch style bicycle unsteady
Our experienced instructors method can teach most adults to ride a bicycle in a couple hours.

E-Bike Safety

Growing each season in popularity e-bikes are helping new and veteran riders go further and rediscover the joy of biking up hills, across town, or keeping up with friends and family! Learn trail etiquette, safe operating and maintenance procedures.

Skills for People Walking

Special attention is given to identifying and avoiding common driver errors that put pedestrians in danger. This class can be tailored for a senior citizen audience as they are at a higher crash risk but is appropriate for all adults. 1 hour.

Bicycle Friendly Driver

Help keep all road users safe by offering the Bicycle Friendly Driver training. This addition to the Smart Cycling program educates motorized vehicle drivers about how and why bicyclists travel the roadways. The objective is developing a shared understanding for all users. 30 – 60 minutes

Interested in bringing a class to your area, school, workplace or event?