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Washington County

Community Bicycle Center

 

137 NE 3rd Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-844-9740

 

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Drivers Ed for Cyclists

People who drive cars and trucks have had "drivers education" in the form of a written drivers test and test drive with a DMV evaluator to make sure you know the rules of the road and can safely operate an automobile. Some may also take a formal Drivers Ed Class.

 

On the other hand, anyone of almost any age can hop on a bike, and once they learn to balance and steer, can go out on the open road and ride wherever, whenever, and however they please, figuring out what to do or not do on their own; on-the-job training if you will. This leads to lots of different behaviors, which confuses motorists and puts the cyclist in danger.

 

We at WashCo Bikes (and the League of American Bicyclists) think there is a better way,  and that is to get some formal and comprehensive training including traffic laws as they pertain to cyclists, understanding the 5 Levels of Crash Prevention (and reduce the probability of a crash by up to 90%), learn hazard avoidance maneuvers, and a lot of other cyclist specific and useful information.

 

That description fits our "Confidence in Traffic- Drivers Ed for Cyclists" clinics. This not a how to ride clinic, but a clinic on how to "drive" your bike. This training developed by the League of American Bicyclists, is consistent throughout the  US.., so if all cyclists rode in accordance with these teachings, we would be safer, and motorists would know what to expect.

COVID-19 Precautions

NOTE: We take the threat of the COVID-19 virus seriously, and will cancel classes as required or we deem appropriate. These clinics are outdoors, and compatible with social distancing and recommended hygiene. If classes are canceled, we will either offer a refund or attendance at a future clinic.

 

If you are attending a class with us, please bring a mask or face covering with you as there may be times when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible or practical.

Confidence in Traffic

Registration for each clinic ends 7 days prior to the clinic, to allow time for the student to complete the on-line education and testing. Class sizes are limited, so sign up early to guarantee a spot.

 

Pricing for this class is $50.00. On the registration page, once filled out, you will be taken to the payment page.

 

This clinic is meant to teach the concepts and skills of cooperative cycling - how to "drive" your bike in traffic the safest way possible. Learn the 5 Levels of Crash Prevention, hazard avoidance skills, and get some good information aout riding in general, basic bike maintenance, etc. You will also receive a Smart Cycling manual to keep.

 

This is not a course to learn to ride your bike - you need to be able to do that before attending this clinic.

 

The clinic has two parts, as follows:

 

1. Online instruction and testing which you can complete at your convenience. you must complete this portion with and 80% or higher overall score.

 

2. On the bike instruction, each session will last 3-4 hours, depending on how many students, general skill levels, etc. You will need to bring your bike in working order, a helmet (required), and any water/snacks you might need. Also, dress for the weather. Most of the session will take place in a parking lot, where we will learn and practice skills and techniques. We will then take a group ride on local streets where you can practice the skills and apply the knowledge you have just learned in real life situations. We will end with you filling out a feedback form and the instructor will fill our a road test score sheet (yes, a report card).

 

Next clinics will be held on:

 

If you would like to schedule a clinic for your family, friends, or group, email classes@washcobikes.org

 

Date of on-bike clinic         Registration closes

 

 

June 18                             June 11

July 9                                July  3

Aug 6                                 Aug 1

Sept 24                             Sept 18

 

 

 

All clinics to be held at the Willow Creek Park and Ride, 241 Edgeway Drive, Hillsboro, OR.

 

Time TBD, but typically 9am start, 1pm end.

 

Minimum of 3 students per clinic; Maximum of 6 students without prior arrangement. 

 

Email: classes@washcobike.org for more information.

 

Sign up and pay online by clicking the Register button below...

 

Pricing for this class is $50.00. Once you have filled out the registration page, you will be taken to the payment page.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Skills and Safety Rodeos

WashCo Bikes hosts and stages skills and safety bike rodeos for schools, churches, recreation centers and municipalities, specialty events and at festivals.


What is a Bike Rodeo? A chance for people of all ages to improve their safety and bicycle skills through fun education activities that include following games, foot down races, slow races, obstacle courses, turns and stops.


We organize our rodeos to fit all age groups, up to 50 people and can last from 60-120 minutes.

 

We provide instructors, equipment, programming light repair and bike safety checks, free helmets, lights and written educational material.

 

Pricing for a rodeo is $250.00. Once you have filled out the registration page, you will be taken to the payment page. You will then be contacted to arrange a

date and time for your event. 

 

                       

 

 

 

Smart Cycling- Learn to Ride

Never ridden or mastered a bicycle? Let's fix that!

 

Learn skills in a small-group, supportive environment, build confidence through on-bike practice. Balance on two wheels, power pedal start, pedal, steer, brake, shift gears, properly fit bike and helmet, learn safety checking your bike. No experience needed, novices welcome. Group size limited to 6.

 

 

Cost for this class is $25.00. After filling out the registration page, you will be taken to the payment page.

All ages.

 

Sign up and pay online by clicking the Register button below.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Repair Bike Clinics

WashCo Bikes is offering bike repair clinics to the public.

You must pre-register and be over 8 years old.

Learn to clean, adjust and repair you bike in a friendly,

knowledgeable atmosphere. Limited to 12 per clinic.

 

General Bike Repair Clinics -open to public.

Sundays  10:30-noon

June 12

July 10

Aug 14

Sept 11

 

Women Only Repair Clinics

Wednesday 6-7:30 pm

June 8th  FILLED

July 6   FILLED-WAITING LIST ONLY

Aug 3

Sept 7