Cascade offers a variety of classroom and on-bike riding classes taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists:
Pre-registration is required. $5 late fee applies if registering within five days of class.
REFUND POLICY: No refunds unless class is cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Registration may be transferred to someone else or to another date if arrangements are made within the calendar year.
Click on "view open riding classes" to view and register for upcoming classes. Contact the Classes Coordinator with questions.
Learn 2 Ride - Starting from Scratch
Begin at the beginning and learn to ride a bike. If you need to master balance, braking and pedaling -- start here. We feature one-on-one instruction with our Learn 2 Ride specialist, using a tried-and-true technique that will have you riding in no time. Proper helmet fit included.
Contact the Classes Coordinator to schedule a session.
One hour session: $45 donation to Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
Urban Cycling Techniques - Ride On
We've designed this class to help bike riders like you, gain the knowledge and confidence to make informed traffic decisions and balance caution, assertiveness and skills necessary for safer urban riding. Riders who want to learn to interact positively and safely with urban traffic will learn:
- traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists
- proper helmet fit
- basic maintenance and overview of how to fix a flat
- practical riding skills, effective braking techniques, scanning, avoiding obstacles and signaling
- on-bike crash-avoidance techniques
We will practice on-road skills such as:
- lane positioning, communication with drivers and left-turn techniques
- group riding skills
- bike fit and nutrition as time allows
Class consists of a 3-hour, lecture-only evening session and a second 5-hour, on-bike session on the weekend, with an optional half-hour League of American Bicyclists exam after second session. Our “Via Bike” handbook, a reference for the skills learned in this course, is included.
Bring a bike in good working order and helmet, your lunch and be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing to second session.
Class size: min 5, max 12
Members $75 Non-members $80
Back 2 Basics of Bicycling - Get Rolling!
If you’re new to bicycling or just getting back on your bike after years out of the saddle, we’ll help you gain the skills necessary to ride safely and confidently. This entry-level course prepares new and returning riders for our Urban Cycling Techniques course.
Students will learn basic bike handling skills and maneuvers, including:
- stopping and starting
- how to shift the gears smoothly and effectively
- proper braking technique
- where to ride in the road
- road infrastructure and bike facilities
Learn laws and safety as well as on-bike handling drills. We will apply our new-found skills on a group ride using neighborhood streets and the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Bring a bike in working order and a CPSC approved helmet. Bring a lunch and be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing.
Helmets will be available on the day of class for $15 each.
Course is designed for those who already know how to ride a bike but need additional practice. (See our Learn 2 Ride listing if you have never been on a bike before.) Contact the Classes Coordinator if you need placement advice.
One all-day session
Class size: min 5, max 10
Members $70 Non-members $75
Intro to Bike Commuting - Riding around town on two wheels
Want to know more about what it takes to commute by bicycle? Feel like you’re ready to try it, but need a few pointers?
We’ll provide an overview of how to equip your bike, carry gear and outfit yourself, to ensure that you’re visible and arrive at your destination ready for action. Intro to Bike Commuting offers more commuter-specific topics than Urban Cycling Techniques, so if you’re already a commuter or want to start bike commuting, this is the one for you. Presentation only, no bicycle needed to attend.
- safe bicycle operations in traffic (traffic laws, lane positioning)
- strategies for carrying items (work clothes, books, groceries)
- foul weather and night riding
- using bike racks on buses
- minor bicycle repairs
- route choice
- lock-up strategies
Class size: min 5, max 15
Two hour session: Members $30 Non-members $35
Paceline and Group Riding Clinic at Cycle U - Advanced
Ride faster, save energy, and pedal like a pro! Cycle U offers special paceline clinics..
- group riding techniques
- paceline riding
- communication skills for group riding
- bike position
- other techniques for getting the most out of your riding.
This clinic is great preparation for the Group Health STP and other bicycling events.
GeaRS (Group Riding Skills) - Event Riding
Are you new to Cascade's events and rides? Join us for our Group Riding Skills class and learn how to ride safely within a group. Course covers basic riding techniques such as lane positioning, scanning to the rear and communication.
Specific topics unique to group riding include:
- passing on the left
- intersection etiquette
- signals and communications
- spacing considerations for down-hill travel and climbing
Bring your bike and helmet and prepare to practice.
Class size: min 5, max 50
Two and a half hour session: Members $35 Non-members $40
Contact the Classes Coordinator with questions.