Traffic Skills 101 courses teach Tampa Bay bicyclists skills for riding safely on the road

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Traffic Skills 101 courses teach Tampa Bay bicyclists skills for riding safely on the road

A student practices an emergency stop at the Traffic Skills 101 class in St. Petersburg

On December 2 and December 9, 2017, Bike/Walk Tampa Bay (BWTB) hosted Traffic Skills 101 (TS 101) courses, teaching skills to Tampa Bay residents who want to ride on the region’s roads. On December 2, the course was held at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus, and on December 9, it was held at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF’s Tampa campus. The course is taught by League Cycling Instructors* (LCIs) and is a prerequisite for becoming an LCI, but is just as important for anyone who wants to ride with traffic on the roadways.

Traffic Skills 101 teaches bicyclists how to navigate the roads confidently and safely; students learn how to maneuver around obstacles, make emergency stops, signal to other vehicles, and ensure that their bicycles are working safely before taking off. Bicyclists also learn how to change a tire so they are prepared for the occasional flat.

A TS 101 course is completed in just seven hours, but curriculum is fast paced and taught both in the classroom and on a bicycle. Before the course ends, students are required to complete a seven-mile road ride to demonstrate their skills. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Board Member and President and Founder of the St. Petersburg Bike Co-op, Carrie Waite, says the workshop is fun and suitable for all road users. “Everyone who rides a bike should take this course—everyone who drives a car should too! It’s a great format that covers the basics in the online class, runs you through practice drills, and then gives you the chance to put your new skills to the test out on the road.”

* The League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar is an intensive 3-day course that certifies participants as instructors to teach the League’s Traffic Skills 101 and other courses. The 2018 seminar will be held February 9, 10, and 11, at CUTR on USF’s Tampa campus. To learn more about becoming LCI certified, visit the Bike League’s website.

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