What if I don’t know how to ride a bike?
– We will be offering Adult Learn to Ride sessions early in the summer so you can enjoy bicycling with us as we explore Northeast Minneapolis.
What will we be doing in the Adult Learn to Ride sessions?
– Part of the time will be ‘classroom’ learning to cover basic traffic laws and tips on riding before we practice basic skills on the bike. The sessions will start off-street in parking lots and bike trails so riders can focus on the bike not traffic. We anticipate a mix of students: some who have never learned to ride and some who haven’t ridden in many years. The sessions will be tailored to the participants’ needs.
Will you offer Women-only classes?
– Yes. Some sessions will be designated as women only with women instructors.
What if I don’t have a bike?
– We will have some bikes for people to ride. We’ll do our best to provide bikes to fit based on your height. Other options will be available such as Nice Ride bikes.
What if my bike doesn’t work right now?
– If it is a flat tire, bring your bike and we’ll do our best to help fix it. (This is one of our class sessions!) We’ll need some information about your bike so snap a picture of your flat tire and send it to us so we can try to have the right tools and parts that session.
– For more complicated problems, some sessions will be taking place at a bike shop so you can either bring your bike that day or drop it off for repair.
Are helmets required? What if I don’t own one?
– Yes, helmets are required on our rides. Nice Ride MN will be providing a number of free helmets. If you already own a helmet, please bring it and we’ll take a look to make sure it is still safe to use.
How far will we be riding?
-The rides will be short at the beginning of the season ranging anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour; all at a slow, comfortable speed with stops along the way to see the sights and explore Northeast. Our goal is to have an enjoyable neighborhood ride, not a race to the finish line. All our rides will have multiple ride leaders to allow for splitting up the group as needed.
Can I suggest a ride destination?
– Absolutely! We want to show off all that Northeast has to offer so let us know if you have a destination in mind. We’ll create bike-friendly routes and explore various options for getting there.
What is the schedule for the summer?
– The detailed calendar will be posted as folks help us plan what they’d like to experience. Weekly sessions will be offered with a mix of learning sessions (topics such as: starting, stopping, and shifting gears; fix a flat; what to wear on the bike; route planning and traffic safety) and neighborhood bike rides.
What if I get hungry?
-We’ll be providing healthy snacks and water as part of our sessions. Some of our rides will include stops at local restaurants.
What if I am not fluent in English?
-Much of what we will be doing doesn’t require English fluency. On the road, we make use of hand signals and basic calls such as “Right turn” or “Car Back” that will be easily understood. We will have some printed materials in Spanish and…
-Are you bi-lingual or know someone who is? We are looking for interpreters to be part of the team to ensure everyone can participate and learn to love cycling just as much as we do!