Class Offered to Help Cyclists Ride Safely

By Heather Hubbs, KCRG-TV9

Cedar Rapids Transportation Officials are asking cyclist to meet them at the market this week. They’re offering a bike lane education class at Newbo on Thursday night. The class will focus on bike lane education. Even though the bike lanes have been downtown for about two years now, there’s still some confusion about how to use them. This class is designed to clear up the confusion.

Class instructors will take cyclists for a ride, leaving form the market and riding around town, stopping along the way to teach and take questions. The League of American Cyclists requires the city provide bike education since Cedar Rapids is a designated “Bike Friendly Community”. Their goal is to inform riders how to be safe when peddling through town. During Thursday’s class riders also will learn other rules of the road.

”There’s things like door zones, cars opening doors, where to ride to avoid getting hit by a door opening when there’s parked cars involved. How to make a left-hand turn, there are three different ways to make a safe left turn,” said Ron Griffith, BikeCR Leader.

The ride will leave from Newbo Market on Thursday. Registration for Meet Me at the Market begins at 5 p.m., the ride will begin at 6 p.m. Riders do have to wear helmets. While riders of all ages are welcome to attend, those under 13 have to have a parent with them.

l Comments: (319) 368-8608; heather.hubbs@kcrg.com

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