Smart Cycling Program

Smart Bicycling Classes and Bicycle Friendly Driver Presentations for Neighbors, Businesses, and Organizations

 

 

 

 

SPONSORED BY FORT WAYNE TRAILS

 

Fort Wayne Trails recently received a grant from General Motors Company to hire the League of American Bicyclists to train several people in our community to teach bicycle/driving safety. We now have certified League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who are eager to provide instruction to members of your neighborhood or business.

Fort Wayne Trails has determined that our community will be safer for bicyclists, automobiles, and the general public if more of us understand best practices for riding safely. We have received funding from General Motors Company to provide this program.

Nationally, 50% of accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles are caused by motor vehicles. In Allen County statistics show that 52% of such accidents are caused by motor vehicles.

In 2017, in Allen County, 81 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle collisions.  In 2009, the number was 71.   Studies have shown that bicycle/driving safety programming in a community can decrease bicyclist-motor vehicle accidents by as much as 20%.

Our League Cycling Instructors can customize a program or presentation to best suit the needs and interests of your specific neighborhood, organization or business.

These programs are free of cost.

Please contact Fort Wayne Trails to schedule a program at [email protected]

Available Courses:

Smart Cycling – Traffic Skills 101 –  On-Bike Training: This no-cost course offers an opportunity to increase your confidence and abilities as a bicyclist. We’ll learn basic maneuvers to avoid obstacles on our path, ride safely in traffic, and best practices for riding the trails, bike lanes, and anywhere our bicycles will take us.

Bicycle Friendly Driver Training: This free program for drivers of all ages to learn how the rules of the road apply to bicyclists and drivers. The 90 minute class includes a short review quiz and certificate. Topics will include such things as “why is that bicyclist using the middle of the lane?” and “If I’m driving toward a trail crossing, and there is someone about to cross the street, should I stop, or should the trail user?”

Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll Update: To ensure that we can provide a safe and fun event we have made the decision to cap our registration and eliminate day-of registrations. We have a hand full of spaces left and once they are full we will be closing registration. The virtual options will be left open and are a great way to help support the event and Fort Wayne Trails. The virtual events are casual and you are not required to submit a time unless you would like to. We are sorry to anyone who has been inconvenienced by this decision and hope that you understand the reason behind our choice. Thank you for supporting Fort Wayne Trails!

 

Join us for the 11th Annual Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll, NOW WITH A VIRTUAL OPTION!

We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, we have determined that we can move forward with the 2020 Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll IN-PERSON. While following the Governors guidelines and CDC recommendations, we will still provide a fun and safe event for all of you. Of course, your safety is paramount and as we get closer to July 18th, if we feel we cannot provide you with a rewarding and safe experience we will make any necessary changes. Keep in mind that in addition to a fun morning on the trails, every registration goes directly to supporting trail growth and development right here in our city. We thank you all for using and supporting Fort Wayne Trails.

More information and registration links can be found here: