The objective of the Ride Illinois Safely program is to make bike education courses and resources accessible to adults and children across Illinois. Educational content and courses are tailored to different age groups through a variety of methods – online (live), on-demand, and in-person.
The foundation of the Ride Illinois Safely program is the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program which is designed to reach people of all ages and abilities by improving skills, building confidence, and teaching others.
Learn more about the Smart Cycling program and the League’s available educational resources at bikeleague.org/ridesmart.
Ride Illinois Safely courses are taught by League Cycling Instructors who are experienced and have been certified by the League of American Bicyclists.
We did a soft launch of the Ride Illinois Safely program in May 2021. The program officially launched in July 2021 via media release, social media, and email.
The fee for each course differs depending on the number of participants. Some funding is available to ensure cost is not a barrier to bike education.
This program is made possible due to the support of the following:
Ride Illinois partnered with League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) to offer bike eduction courses to individuals, groups and organizations in Illinois.
To view upcoming courses, visit our Ride, Advocacy, & Education calendar.
To request a course, please click the button below and complete the brief Google Form. We’ll be in touch within 48 hours and will do our best to match your request with a nearby LCI.
This 1-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) will educate drivers of motor vehicles how to drive safely in proximity to cyclists to increase safety for all road users. We will focus on the Illinois Rules of the Road, sharing the road, bike infrastructure, causes of common crashes, taking the lane, and what Ride Illinois teaches cyclists.
This 1-hour, interactive course in a classroom setting focuses on introducing safety skills, instilling confidence, and making cycling fun for children.
This 1-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) offers safety tips for children and parents and guardians. Proper helmet fit, ABC Quick Check, hand signals, avoiding crashes, being visible and predictable, and communicating with cyclists and motorists will be discussed.
This 1-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) offers safety tips for older cyclists. ABC Quick Check, communicating and being predictable, avoiding crashes, reasons to ride, issues and concerns for older adults, where to ride, and choosing a bike will be discussed.
This 1-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) offers insight from experienced cyclists to make your bicycle a valuable and effective transportation option. Safety tips, planning a route, bike-friendly destinations, shopping by bike, useful equipment, and common barriers to biking for transportation will be discussed.
This in-person, on-bike course focuses on balance, starting and stopping, pedaling, turning, and shifting successfully. Learning time varies by individual, but most people are riding on their own after one to three hours of hands-on instruction. You’re never too old to learn to ride a bicycle!
Learn about Learn to Ride classes at chicagobicycle.org.
Complete THIS FORM to request a Learn to Ride class.
This 1-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) offers tips for individuals who want to be safe when riding in a group. Maintaining safe distance, communicating with cyclists and motorists, avoiding crashes and obstacles, emergency stopping, and being visible and predictable will be discussed.
This 2-hour course (in a classroom or virtual setting) is designed to develop confidence and competence of a bicycle rider. Students will learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, and essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride a bike in various traffic conditions, terrain, and climates.
This 4-hour in-person, on-bike course teaches adults and teens how to be safe, confident, and predictable when riding a bike. The focus will be on bike handling skills, crash avoidance, and basic maintenance. A short group ride will take place at the end. A functioning bike and helmet are required to participate in this course.
We invite those who have completed a Ride Illinois Safely course to offer their honest feedback using our Course Feedback Form. We’ll use the information gathered to improve our program and future courses.
Below are some additional resources available to those that want to learn to ride for the first time, as well as those that want to become safer, more confident cyclists.
Smart Cycling program from the League of American Bicyclists
The following individuals offered their time and talent to develop the Ride Illinois Safely program. We are very grateful for their involvement!