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County adds three new bicycle classes to its lineup

A rider at navigates a section of the Kory Laos BMX park.

Pima County has added three new bicycle classes to its regular lineup of safety courses.

Now — in addition to the older classes: basic traffic skills, mechanics skills courses and kids education courses — the county has added mountain bike skills courses, a course helping people get back on their bike and a youth independence class geared toward 11-13 year-olds.

The mountain bike courses is being taught by long-time mountain biker and League of American Bicyclist certified instructor Martha Lemen.

Lemen said by email that the first set of mountain bike skills classes filled up quickly and were a lot of fun.

Lemen said the two classes are each three hours. The first is in an open field where they learn and practice skills.

The second session was conducted at Fantasy Island and Sweetwater where the class learned to put their new skills to use on the trail.

Lemen has been teaching mountain bike classes for 15 years.

Lemen said the courses coming up in June and July will be three hours each, but will be at the Kory Laos BMX park. Students will learn skills for the first half of the class and then move to the pump track at the BMX park.

Lemen has been teaching mountain bike courses on her own for the last 15 years and is available to teach private lessons.

The “Get Back on Your Bike” class is geared toward people who need a refresher. The class consists of a 2-hour ride throughout the city to familiarize the riders with local routes and basic bike skills. Participants must already be able to ride a bike.

The “Youth Independence Class” is geared toward 11-13 year-old riders who want to learn traffic skills to help them gain some transportation independence.

Download the schedule and more detailed descriptions of the free classes here.

5 comments
Red Star
Red Star

All the classes are listed here: http://bikeped.pima.gov/allsafetyclasses.html Unfortunately the diversion program class pdf hasn't been updated since November of last year with the last class listed therein to be held in January 2012, almost six months ago. We don't know why.

Red Star
Red Star

A new pdf has been posted but it's nonsensical. Under construction?

TomGosnell
TomGosnell

I took this course the first time it was offered in April and highly recommend it. The best thing about the course was the intro to the skills needed on the MTB along with contrasts to how those skills differ from road riding skills. I would highly recommend the course to any newbe MTB riders, particularly those coming from the road side. My main objective was to improve my cyclocross skills, but I now have enough confidence to go out and enjoy trails riding as well. Martha is an awesome instructor. 

Martha Retallick
Martha Retallick

Well, here's a shout-out from one Martha to another! Glad to hear about the expanded class roster. And I'm really digging the first name of the instructor (grin).