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More Bike Classes Available NowJune 21, 2022We’ve added more Learn to Ride sessions to our class request form, extending the season into September. Find the new options and sign up by clicking here. The free, two-hour classes taught by Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors allow adults and children to learn, based on their experience level, the skills they need to be comfortable riding a bike. This year the Ambassadors are offering instruction in both English and Spanish to better meet the needs of city residents and serve more people. There are three class levels for summer 2022: Beginner Learn to Ride is for those who don’t yet know how to ride a bike, as well as people who learned long ago and need a refresher course. Classes are taught on a car-free course. Skill-Builder Learn to Ride is for people who have completed the beginner course and those who already have basic riding experience. These lessons support development of skills such as signaling, turning and interacting with other people biking or walking. This class will also be conducted on a car-free course. Road Ride is the top-level class where SAFE Ambassadors ride with students on city streets to help them experience everyday situations and build confidence. Topics covered include how to plan routes to your destination, the different types of bike lanes, and how to position yourself on the street in various traffic situations. Below are the dates, times and locations of all the 2022 Learn to Ride classes. If you don’t see some of these on the form, it’s because all available spots have been filled already: Beginner Learn to Ride Tuesdays at La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento Avenue: June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and August 16, 23, 30 from 5:30 to 7:30. Thursdays at the Divvy station at 500 N. Sacramento Boulevard: June 9, 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.; August 18, 25 from 5:30 to 7:30; September 1, 8, 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays at CAN TV, 1309 S. Wood Street: June 11, July 2, August 13 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; September 3, 17 from 10 a.m. to noon; and September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st Street: July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and August 2, 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.; then August 9, 11 from 5:30 to 7:30. Saturdays at Harmony Community Church, 1908 S. Millard Avenue: July 9, 23 and August 6, 20 from 10 a.m. to noon: July 16 and August 27 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Skill-Builder Learn to Ride Wednesdays at La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento Avenue: June 22 and July 6, 20 and August 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.; and August 17, 31 from 5:30 to 7:30. Road Ride Saturdays at Seward Park, 375 W. Elm Street: July 9, 23 and August 6, 20 and September 3, 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free use of a Divvy bike is offered to students over age 16, although you can use your own bike for all courses. Reservations are required and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The easiest way to register is by filling out this form. If there are problems with the form, email 312SAFEbike@gmail.com, or text or call 773-312-3283 and leave a detailed message. [...]
Sign Up for Learn to Ride NowMay 25, 2022The Chicago Department of Transportation has opened up registration to the public for its popular Learn to Ride program, taught by Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors. The summer series kicks off on June 7. Fill out the form here to register. The free, two-hour classes allow adults and children to learn, based on their experience level, the skills they need to be comfortable riding a bike. This year the SAFE Ambassadors will offer classes in both English and Spanish to better meet the needs of city residents and serve more people. There are three class levels for summer 2022: Beginner Learn to Ride is for those who don’t yet know how to ride a bike, as well as people who learned long ago and would benefit from a refresher course. Classes are taught on a car-free course. Skill-Builder Learn to Ride is for people who have completed the beginner course and those who already have basic riding experience. These lessons will support development of skills such as signaling, turning and interacting with other people biking or walking. This class will also be conducted on a car-free course. Road Ride is the top-level class during which SAFE Ambassadors ride with students on city streets to help them experience everyday situations and build confidence. Topics covered include how to plan routes to your destination, the different types of bike lanes, and how to position yourself on the street in various traffic situations. Registration is open for all three Learn to Ride classes. Fill out the form here to register.    Below are the dates, times and locations of the first set of 2022 Learn to Ride classes (later dates will be added as the early classes fill up):   Beginner Learn to Ride Tuesdays at La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento Avenue: June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 500 N. Sacramento Boulevard, next to the Greater West Town Training Partnership: June 9 & 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. (meet at the Divvy Station). Saturdays at CAN TV, 1309 S. Wood Street: June 11 and July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.  Tuesdays and Thursdays at Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st Street: July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays at Harmony Community Church, 1908 S. Millard Avenue: July 9, 16, 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Skill-Builder Learn to Ride  Wednesdays at La Villita Park, 2800 S. Sacramento Avenue: June 22 and July 6, 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Road Ride Saturdays at Seward Park, 375 W. Elm Street: July 9, 23; August 6, 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free use of a Divvy bike is offered to students over age 16, although you can use your own bike for all courses. Reservations are required and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis for all courses. The easiest way to register is by filling out this form. If there are problems with the form, email 312SAFEbike@gmail.com, or text or call 773-312-3283. [...]

Since 2001, the Chicago Department of Transportation has promoted safe cycling and walking through the City of Chicago’s SAFE Ambassadors. SAFE stands for Streets Are For Everybody, and the Ambassadors’ goals are encouraging and educating cyclists and pedestrians, reducing traffic crashes by working with all road users, and making Chicago a safer place for active transportation.

The SAFE Ambassadors travel all over the city educating people of all ages and backgrounds about pedestrian and bicycling safety. The Ambassadors offer presentations, safety literature and bicycling activities at parks, schools, on-street events and other locations.

The Ambassadors work in Chicago’s public and private schools, leading educational programs about walking and bicycling safety. They tailor presentations for 2nd grade, 5th grade, and high school driver’s education students and are available to speak with PTA, staff/faculty and other groups as well. The Junior Ambassadors summer program trains the next generation of SAFE Ambassadors by working with the Chicago Park District.

The Ambassadors also offer dynamic SAFE Seniors programming. These workshops provide tools for seniors to navigate 311, reach out to elected officials, access transportation resources, and select safe routes through their neighborhoods.

Finally, the Ambassadors act as a street team for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program, during high-usage events and at new station locations.

The Ambassador programs are funded through CDOT and the Illinois Department of Transportation, with the funding year running from October through September.

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