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New cycling course coming to Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A safety course for cyclists is coming to Jonesboro.

Safe Cycling 101 is a nationally-certified course offered in many cities by the League of American Bicyclist.

The program here in Jonesboro will be sponsored by Arkansas State University but also include other sponsors and venues.

“This has been part of the ongoing campaign that we have been a part of trying to make our campus safer for cyclist and also helping the community,” said Bill Smith, league instructor.

The class teaches cyclists how to stay safe on the road with a focus on vehicular cycling.

“The concept of vehicular cycling being that the more a bicycle rider acts like and is predictable like another vehicle on the road, it is safer to interface with the other cars out there,” Smith said.

The course will be held once a month and will change venues occasionally.

Only 10 people will be allowed in the course at a time so the instructor can focus on each rider.

“We plan to keep the class small so our instructors can work with everyone individually," Smith said. "When people complete the course they receive a certification that they have completed Safe Cycling 101."

The course will be Friday and Saturday for four hours each day.

The Friday session will include class lectures, on Saturday the students will be on the road practicing the skills learned.

“The goal is to get people who have some familiarity with riding on the road and with some skill riding on the road better prepared for being out there,” Smith said.

He said the course is for intermediate and advanced riders looking for more experience and safety lessons.

“This course is for someone that is looking to become a better road cyclist, someone who wants to be out in traffic and wants to understand the traffic laws and best strategies for staying safe out in traffic,” Smith said.

Smith said even if a rider is advanced, learning vehicular cycling and safety precautions is important.

“There are a lot of folks that have been riding for years that come in and learn something from these courses,” Smith said. 

He said the main goal for the entire course is to make riders more comfortable on the road.

“This is an opportunity for people to be more confident on the roads and more sure on their bike handling skills,” Smith said.

Smith said those interested in the course can either message the Arkansas State University Facebook page or send an email to enroll in the course.

The course is $30 per person and the first class will start this month. 

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