Urban Cycling Skills


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Urban Cycling Skills

November 21, 2105 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

A Smart Cycling Traffic Skills 101 class.

Registration is not available on this site for this event

Course Content - Fulfills the TS101 pre-requisite for taking the class to become a League-certified Instructor (LCI). Must have taken the November 14th classroom session before this on-the-streets on-the-bike and safety drills class.
Students must be 17 years or older. Those interested in attending can contact the Sacramento TMA to be emailed the registration form and class times and location details.
The class is offered at no charge due to a grant from SACOG, the regional transportation planning agency, which reimburses the certified instructors.
​ Bryant, Executive Director, 
Sacramento Transportation Management Association​
​League of American Bicyclist certified instructor​ #2302
On the bicycle on the Street 
  • ABC Quick Check
  • Lane Maneuvers, Avoiding right hooks, merging from lane to lane; avoiding RTOL, moving to left for left turns, triggering on-demand traffic signals.  Situations that require taking the lane (hazards in the roadway, road narrowings, parked vehicles, etc.).  
  • Ride to a place that has parked cars, and practice pulling out to the left to pass the car, allowing safe distance for door zone, and discussing likely movements of overtaking traffic (i.e. they will slow down and give you more room).  Ride to a place that has a road narrowing such as a traffic circle, lane splitter or bulb-out.  Students ride individually through the obstructed section and demonstrate taking the lane.  Other factors that might influence road position – cracks in the pavement, side winds, side streets, traffic speed, school signs.
  • Scanning for left hook and right hook at side streets,  Practice taking the lane when approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.  Also moving to the left of RTOLs.
  • Right turn and left turn at a 4-way stop,  Students circulate around the intersection, pair up and critique.  It’s as important to take your turn as it is to wait your turn.  
  • When drivers invite you to go first – ways of politely declining, or making clear that you’re intending to stop (putting your foot down, shaking your head, stopping pedaling). The pros and cons of stopping and not stopping at stop signs (illegal, unsafe, discourteous, sends message that bicyclists are scofflaws and don’t deserve respect).  
  • Straight through at a 4-way stop.  A 4-way stop with a narrow lane and/or a parked vehicle on the far side requires cyclists to take the lane in advance of the intersection. (Scanning, signaling, merging – variety of overtaking speeds makes for different timing/movements.)
  • Left turn into a side street.  At a two-way stop intersection, making the left turn into a side street cyclists should wait close the centerline for a gap in traffic if necessary.  While at this intersection, need to scoot forward to gain sight lines if pulling out from the side street.
  • Crossing multiple lanes of traffic.  Merge right to left and back across three lanes one-way. 
  • Drills.  Shifting, starting/stopping, signaling, scanning. Riding in a straight line. Quick Stop.  Emergency turn.
Back in Classroom
  • Questions from On-Road Session
  • League TS101 exam, taken, corrected and discussion of answers



UCDavis Medical Center, Sacramento
Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, 95827
United States

Offered by:

Marilyn Bryant, Elle Steele

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