BTCNJ’s Rider Training Course

Starts May 18 2021

BTCNJ’s  RideSmart bicycle rider training course will help you improve your competence, safety, and confidence while riding on the roads in our area.

This course will improve your bicycle handling techniques and riding abilities, both on individual and group rides. The course is designed for newer riders, but is open to anyone who want to improve or refresh their skills.

By participating in this training program, you will improve your bicycle handling techniques and riding abilities. You can become a safer, stronger, and more skillful rider, and increase your enjoyment of bicycling.

The course will have three riding levels:

  • C – Riders who can comfortably average 10-12 miles per hour on flat surfaces.
  • C* – Riders who can comfortably average 12-14 miles per hour on flat surfaces.
  • B – Riders who comfortably average 14-16 miles per hour on flat surfaces.

Because of COVID, course schedule and format may be adjusted.

The course consists of:

  • Two evening classroom sessions, most likely by Zoom:
    • May 18, 2021, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    • May 25, 2021, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Four on-road sessions, where you will ride in a small group with a team of experienced instructors. The on-road sessions will take place starting at 9:00 AM at Pascack Brook County Park in Westwood, NJ or Pequannock High School parking lot, on the following (rain dates are the Sundays immediately following these dates):
    • Saturday, June 19, 2021  @1
    • Saturday, June 26, 2021  @2
    • Saturday, July 3, 2021  @2
    • Saturday, July 10, 2021 @2

@1 at the Pascack Brook County Park in Westwood, NJ.

@2 at the Pequannock High School in Pompton Plains, NJ.

Course “graduates” will receive high-quality water bottles with the RideSmart logo (a $30 value).

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare your bike and yourself for a ride.
  • How to safely share the road with motor vehicles and pedestrians (NJ Motor Vehicle Laws, proper hand signals, handling traffic and intersections, handling difficult situations, and more).
  • Riding in rain or low light conditions.
  • Best techniques maintaining control of your bike.
  • Group riding techniques (spacing, staying together, passing, etc.); rules and guidelines for riding safely and courteously in a group; how to communicate when riding in a group; group riding in traffic and through intersections; proper rotation when riding in a group.

The first on-road session will include a short classification ride, to ensure you are riding with participants of similar ability. We will assign you to a comfortable group. During the on-road sessions, you will get a chance to practice in small groups the rules and techniques discussed in the class sessions.