Want to learn how to teach children to bicycle safely? Free training class coming to Stevens Point

On Saturday May 11, a Teaching Safe Bicycling class sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will be offered in Stevens Point. This class will train participants how to teach others to ride bicycles safely.

The class seems focused primarily on teaching children. But I suspect that there will be a lot of material easily adaptable to teaching adults who haven’t ridden a bike in decades or who feel uncomfortable riding on public streets. So anyone interested in teaching safe bicycling to any audience will likely benefit from this class.

A WisDOT brochure about the class lists the following topics:

  • Understanding the Child Bicyclist
  • How Bicycle Crashes Happen
  • Hands-on Demonstration: Teaching Bike Safety to Children
  • Bicycle Ride: Community’s Accommodations And Hazard Identification
  • Working Together Locally For Successful Bike Safety Programs

The class will run from 8 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday May 11. The class will take place in Stevens Point at a location yet to be announced. There will be an afternoon ride as part of the training, so participants must bring their own bicycle and are required to wear a helmet on the ride.

This class is free of charge, but does require advanced registration by May 4. To register, you can download the WisDOT brochure from this link, fill it out, and mail it to the address stated on the brochure.

Alternatively, you can simply e-mail your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and preference for the May 11 Stevens Point class to larry.corsi@dot.wi.gov.

We are fortunate to have such a class being offered in our community. I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest in teaching bicycle safety to register. It should be a fun and enlightening experience.

For those who cannot attend the May 11 class in Stevens Point, WisDOT is offering the same class in 4 other cities around the state between April 27 and May 11.

For more information, download the brochure or contact Larry Corsi of WisDOT at larry.corsi@dot.wi.gov or (608) 267-3154.

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