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Teaching People on Bikes to Ride Safely

Education has been a core activity of the League’s since the late 1970’s when John Forester created the Effective Cycling program. The League ran the program for more than 20 years, before evolving the education program into today’s Smart Cycling program – following basically the same principles – with a significant growth in the number of instructors.


"The League’s education program offers the only nationwide cycle instructor certification program."


The evolution of the program

The program was known for many years simply as BikeEd, and the nomenclature for classes was Road I, Road II, Kids I, Kids II etc.; names that you may still hear in use today. Virtually every state and local bicycling education program can trace its roots directly back to the League’s program, so even though the names may be different, the core content of what’s being taught around the country has been quite consistent over the years.


Follow this link to view the full list of items available from the League, or select from the links below to go straight to the area of your interest. 



Smart Cycling Tips

These tip sheets will help you learn more about how to ride safely and perform maintenance on your bike. 




Rules of the Road

These rules will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.





Are you interested in riding, but could use a little more information to help boost your confidence? Our education videos are a great place to start!




Find a Class

Smart Cycling classes will not only give you confidence to ride, but connect you with other bicyclists and advocates in your area.