Youth Bicycle Skills Instructor Trainings to be Offered in Salt Lake City

Bicycle Rodeo Instructor Trainings will be offered this summer in Salt Lake City. The Bike Bonanza, held each year, offers a bike rodeo for kids. Photo by Dave Iltis
Bicycle Rodeo Instructor Trainings will be offered this summer in Salt Lake City. The Bike Bonanza, held each year, offers a bike rodeo for kids. Photo by Dave Iltis

July 28, 2015 – Salt Lake City Transportation Division and Bike Utah are partnering to host two trainings focused on teaching bicycle skills to youth. One training will focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and implement a community bicycle rodeo or safety fair. The other training will be two days and will emphasize teaching a youth-focused bicycle education curriculum.

Bicycle Rodeo Training

August 10, 2015

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tracy Aviary

Cost: $35 (Lunch included)

Register at:  http://bit.ly/1HhKRx6

Program Summary

Participants will gain the skills and knowledge to plan and implement a bicycle rodeo/safety fair for their community. We will look at the differing needs of younger vs. older participants, practical concerns for keeping kids safe, and most importantly, how to make the rodeo a genuine learning opportunity that is fun for everyone.  This class includes an on-bike component.

What Participants Need

Bring a bike that is in good working order, helmet, gloves, eye protection, water bottle, and anything else you will need to ride.  We will ride rain or shine, demonstrating how to take youth through the rodeo, check bikes, and fit helmets.

 

School Bicycle Education & Safety Training

August 13 & 14, 2015

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tracy Aviary

Cost $50 (Lunch included)

Register at:  http://bit.ly/1dYV6hx

Program Summary

Participants will learn the basics of teaching bicycle safety to youth, including appropriate age range and developmental expectations, skills and drills, management of large groups on bikes, and everything else needed to confidently teach a bicycle safety curriculum.  This class includes an on-bike component.

What Participants Need

Bring a bike that is in good working order, helmet, gloves, eye protection, water bottle, and anything else you will need to ride.  We will ride rain or shine, practicing drills, bike fit, helmet fit, and bike handling skills.  We will be riding in quiet neighborhoods on the street.

 

About the Instructor

Elicia Cárdenas has been teaching bicycle safety for over thirteen years. She led women's and children's programs at the Community Cycling Center in Portland, OR and taught bike safety for the public schools, reaching over 800 kids a year. She created and taught a bicycle component for a traffic diversion class, and helped lead Portland to receive “Platinum” designation, serving as vice-chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee for that city. She has been honored to present on teaching bicycle safety nationally and is happy to bring her skills to Salt Lake City.  Currently, she serves as a Bicycle Ambassador, sits on the Salt Lake City Bicycle Advisory Committee, and teaches middle school Spanish and outdoor environmental education at an independent school. Elicia is a League Certified Instructor, certified and trained by the League of American Bicyclists.

 

Scholarships Available

A limited number of reduced cost scholarships are available. Send an e-mail to [email protected] explaining your past experience engaging youth in bicycling and how your participation in the training will be useful in getting more youth to ride bicycles. Scholarship application deadline: July 31, 2015

 

For additional information, e-mail [email protected]

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