Cycling skills course in Alberni Oct. 14-15

The course, which is offered through Cycle Alberni and parks and recreation, will be led by the Nanaimo Cycling Coalition.

Members of the Nanaimo Cycling Coalition joined in Cycle Alberni’s August bike jamboree to celebrate the city’s new bike lanes.

Members of the Nanaimo Cycling Coalition joined in Cycle Alberni’s August bike jamboree to celebrate the city’s new bike lanes.

With new bike lanes painted on streets around town, Cycle Alberni’s Sarah Thomas wants to make sure that cyclists new and old know the rules of the road.

To that end, Cycle Alberni will be  offering a bicycling skills course,  courtesy of the Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, this Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15.

“The Urban Skills Bike Course is an opportunity for people that maybe are not completely comfortable biking in traffic—and also people who do regularly bike in traffic—to learn some different tips and techniques for biking in traffic,” said Thomas.

“Specifically, making turns at lights,  making left turns, merging into traffic so that cyclists can be more predictable for traffic and traffic is more aware of what cyclists are going to do.”

The course, which  is offered through Cycle Alberni and the city’s parks and recreation department, will be led by the Nanaimo Cycling Coalition.

“We are bringing in a certified bike skills instructor to do the course and some skill development locally in Port Alberni.”

The two-day course takes place on Friday, Oct. 14 from 7-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Echo Centre. Friday is a classroom session while Saturday is a hands-on riding lesson—a helmet and bike is required. The cost is $50 for both days and to register call 250-723-2181 or drop by Echo Centre in person.

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