Bike Classes

Bike at Illinois offers a number of bike classes to improve your traffic skills, safety strategies, or to become an instructor. Check out some of our top offerings below.

Practice traffic skills

Classes are taught occasionally across campus and the community. Campus organizations that regularly teach bike skills are Facilities and Services, and Campus Recreation.

Community organizations involved with bike skills are CU-MTD and Safe Routes to School.

Inquire or request a class

These classes are more intensive. Feel free to email Lily Wilcock, lwilco2@illinois.edu, for more questions.

Class offerings

Smart Cycling

We combined content from Traffic Skills 101, Traffic Skills 201, Group Riding and Commuting curricula into a single Smart Cycling manual, which can be used for a wide range of audiences. There are basic, intermediate and advanced building blocks to meet the needs of any rider from beginner to experienced. The Smart Cycling curriculum is designed to develop confidence and competence of a bicycle rider. Students will learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride your bike in various traffic conditions, terrain and climates.

Typically a Smart Cycling course includes four hours of classroom instruction, which can also be done online at bikeed.org, and five hours of on-bike instruction. Locate a class near you through our Connect Locally map. All Smart Cycling classes are taught by a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). Visit the League Store to order Smart Cycling manuals, bike education videos, Quick Guides and other valuable resources to make you a smart cyclist!

Bicycling Skills 123 Youth

Bicycling Skills 123 Youth is composed of 13 on-bike stations that teach children better bike handling skills. Typically, this is a two-hour course. Locate a class near you through our Connect Locally Map. All Smart Cycling Bicycle Skills 123 Youth classes are taught by a League Cycling Instructor (LCI).

League Cycling Instructor Seminar

The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques when instructing a Smart Cycling class. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. Candidates get hands-on experience during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the curriculum, both in the classroom and on-bike. The seminar is normally one evening and two full days. Generally, 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so be prepared to ride! Click here to find a seminar near you.