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Martin Pion, League Cycling Instructor #625

I’ve become convinced that attending a well-structured bike education course is potentially the most useful thing any cyclist who uses a bike on the road can do to minimize the chance of serious injury. In addition, it can significantly improve the cyclist’s efficiency and enjoyment of this relatively low stress and immensely rewarding means of human transportation.

I’ve been offering bicycle education courses every year since becoming a certified League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (LCI) in 1997. The following are three courses I’m conducting this year, open to any adult or reasonably competent youngster. Family members are encouraged to attend together.

N.B. Class size is typically limited to a maximum of 5 students, or more if I have a League Cycling Instructor assisting.

Course location: My home (6 Manor Lane, Ferguson, 63135) and surrounding roads and parking lot in North St. Louis County.
By bike: 4 miles north of UMSL-North MetroLink station, first 2 miles along Ted Jones trail.
By car: within easy reach of I-270, I-170 and I-70.

* 4-hour BIKERight course: $40

This course offers both economy & the shortest time commitment (4 hours plus 1 hour lunch break), but you’ll need to be a member of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation ($25 single/$40 family membership at http://www.stlbikefed.org/index.php/join) which will be providing insurance coverage.

** 9-hour Traffic Skills 101 course: $80

This is the foundation League of American Bicyclists course, which is a minimum of 9 hours to meet LAB’s requirement. Total time commitment is 10 hours (including 1 hour lunch break). This is a one-day course with a fairly early start, typically around 8 am and ending at 6 pm.

*** 18-hour BIKERight course: $120

Comprehensive course designed to provide a lot of on-bike on-road time and coaching, plus time for parking lot bike handling and crash avoidance practice. The course is usually spread over three 6-hour sessions. Also allows plenty of time for the important incidentals, like advice on appropriate clothing and bike maintenance.

Neither the 9-hour nor 18-hour courses require you to be a member of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation: insurance coverage is provided by the League of American Bicyclists.

Please contact me by e-mail at mpion@swbell.net or 314/524-8029 if you’re interested and/or have questions.

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  1. Posted on Metro’s blog nextstop, August 13, 2010:
    Bike Education Courses (via St. Louis Bicycle Federation)
    Biking in urban and suburban roads, like taking transit, can be an intimidating affair. But the rewards of better health, saved money and reducing air pollution are many-fold. Certified League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (LCI) Martin Pion offers different levels of courses at his home in Ferguson (he provides both driving and Metro/bike directions). The courses range from a 4-hour crash course (no pun intended!) in traffic safety to a 18-hour course with plenty of on-road time and crash-avoidance practice. These courses can help you gain the confidence and skills you need to travel by bike, including biking combined with transit use.

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