Fayetteville offers free ‘Smart Cycling’ classes for adults

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Fayetteville officials will host a series of free “Smart Cycling” classes aimed at fostering confident and safe riding habits within the city. The classes include three hours of classroom learning and two hours of on-bike training.

Classes are for adults and mature teens (must have guardian/parent approval) with beginner to intermediate cycling abilities. Participants are asked to bring their own bicycles that are in good working order, but VeoRide bikeshare bikes will be available for those who don’t own a bike. Helmets are required during the on-bike portion of the classes, but loaners will be available if a a participant doesn’t own a helmet.

The “Smart Cycling” curriculum is set by the League of American Bicyclists and the class is taught by a League-certified instructor. Participants will learn the rights and responsibilities for cyclists, accident avoidance techniques, basic bike repair, and perform skill drills.

Classes are held at Ozark Literacy Council, located at 2596 N. Keystone Crossing in Fayetteville, on the following Saturdays: Feb. 16, March 16, April 6, April 27, June 8, and June 29. Instruction is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Classes are limited to six students per instructor.

To reserve a space, contact the program coordinator, Dane Eifling, at 479-575-8243 or [email protected].