CyclingSavvy Course for Adults

In support of Bike to Work Week, May 12th through May 16th, the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) and all public health partners encourage those who work in Great Falls to either bike, walk, or ride the bus during this week-long event. Unfortunately, many who have the desire to ride their bike may be afraid of encountering traffic or other potential hazards.  The good news is that with the right skills, people can ride confidently and safely, even in Great Falls traffic!

In an effort to help address this concern, CyclingSavvy and Get Fit Great Falls are holding the first Adult CyclingSavvy course in Great Falls on May 10th and 11th.  This course is an excellent opportunity for adults to learn how to act as confident and equal road users.  Strategies for safe, stress-free cycling will be included, and participants will be given tools to help identify and problem solve common traffic situations that they may encounter during their commute.

The CyclingSavvy course begins on Saturday, May 10th at 9am at the City-County Health Department. From 9 am to noon, participants will learn the necessary skills that will keep them safe; this portion is called the Truth and Techniques of Traffic Cycling. That afternoon, from 1pm to 3pm, participants will take part in an on-bike skill building session. This is done in a controlled environment; participants will not be riding in traffic. On Sunday, May 11th from 9am to 1pm, participants will take a tour of Great Falls and put their new skills into action under the guidance of the certified CyclingSavvy instructor.

Alicia M. Thompson, CCHD Health Officer states, “The City-County Health Department is excited to be supporting this effort as one of the goals outlined in the 2013 Community Health Improvement Plan and as a way to help individuals feel more confident during Bike to Work Week! I have been through a similar course, and my experience was that it made me a much more confident, capable bicyclist”.

The two day course costs $75 per person and is limited to 12 people.  To learn more about the CyclingSavvy course and how to register please visit www.getfitgreatfalls.org.