Photo courtesy of Maine Bicycle Coalition

Have you wanted to share your love of bicycling by helping to teach others to ride? Would you like to get training to be an effective bicycle and safety skills instructor?

If so, then now is your chance to apply for FREE training (a $500 value) for northern Virginias to become a certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI) courtesy of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) and Alexandria Bicyclist Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). These organizations are hosting the 2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training program, which seeks to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety and reduce crashes throughout Northern Virginia by training instructors who will be leaders in their communities.

Photo courtesy of WABA

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training involves a series of pedestrian and bike safety classes leading to an LCI Seminar that teaches candidates a comprehensive bicycle safety curriculum, including bicycle handling skills, traffic law, riding in inclement weather, safely planning and leading group rides, group facilitation and management, and other skills. The course includes an on-street group ride, where participants will learn the ins and outs of lane positioning, defensive cycling and how to communicate with motorists.

This training is open to Northern Virginia local government, state, regional staff, police, faculty/teachers and residents active in their communities and committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. Recreational and commuter bicyclists are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have experience riding in traffic and on trails and should be comfortable riding in various weather conditions.

Participants must attend all applicable training dates and complete approximately 50 hours of work, both outside and within the training activities. Training will take place in a classroom setting, outdoors and on city streets and trails. Participants also must commit to doing two community pedestrian and bicycling safety outreach events by September 15, 2020 and January 20, 1021 and report back to NVRC. Applicants also must have a local government or lead organization mentor, such as FABB, that will help them identify the outreach events that support bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts in the region. FABB will happily support committed applicants in this effort, so contact us at [email protected].

The classes are scheduled at various dates and times between March 7 and April 4, 2020. The registration deadline is January 22, so don’t wait to apply.  You can find more details on the program and the application form here.

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