Courses keep cyclists safe

The city is hosting three bike skills and safety workshops with the first starting Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City of Vernon wants to help cyclists improve their skills.

The city is hosting three bike skills and safety workshops with the first starting Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Course two will be held Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and course three will be held over two nights, Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. both nights.

All courses will be at city hall, taught by Vernon’s Bruce Mol, a certified CanBike2 instructor.

“We’ve been doing these courses for about three years, and last year they were all full,” said Wendy Majewski, the city’s transportation management demand coordinator.

“The courses are designed to get as many people out there to ride their bike safely, to signal, to wear proper safety gear and improve their skills when they’re on their bikes.”

Those who sign up will learn about three common motorist errors, four types of falls, five traffic principles, why and where collisions occur and the physical skills needed to negotiate with traffic safely.

The workshops are open to people aged 12 and up and cost $20 per person.

Participants are asked to bring snacks and a lunch, a bike, a helmet, cycling attire (dress for the weather) a note pad and a water bottle.

“We’re able to keep the costs down from grants from Bike To Work B.C. and through the City of Vernon’s Vernon Moves,” said Majewski.

Pre-registration is required and organizers request signing up three days prior to the workshop space due to the limited space.

You can sign up at dsbreception@vernon.ca or call 250-550-3634.

The workshops are also designed to help people get ride for the annual provincewide Bike To Work celebration, which runs May 27 to June 2. There will be several events in Vernon held during the week.