File photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
A series of classes aimed at teaching adults how to ride bikes is coming soon to Fayetteville.
Experience Fayetteville, the city’s tourism bureau, has partnered with Trailblazers to offer three free community classes at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center in July, August and September (see schedule below).
Anya Bruhin, Trailblazers’ bike education program manager, said learning to ride a bike as an adult can be intimidating, so the classes were designed with that fact in mind.
“We are here to help make it less (intimidating),” Bruhin said. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to make biking a part of their life, be it for exercise, transportation, mental health, or just plain fun.”
Classes will include 10 participants with one trained instructor plus one assistant. Attendees will learn the balance first method, which breaks down how to get on and off the bike, operating the bikes, balancing, and then finally pedaling.
Supportive instructors will also provide resources to all participants on where to ride for practice, rules of the road and where to find upcoming event info and groups for new riders.
Bicycles for the 90-minute classes will be provided by Pedal It Forward. Support for the series comes from the Cyclo-cross Legacy Fund, which includes proceeds from the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that were held in January at Centennial Park in Fayetteville.