Free Bicycle Commuting Skills Class

TAMPA, Fla. (March 10, 2010) – Members of the USF community – faculty, staff and students who currently bicycle to campus or would like to start doing so – are invited to attend a free bicycle commuting skills class. The class will be held on Friday, March 12, 19 or 26 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Urban Transportation (CUT 100) in room 207.


Registration for one of the classes is required and space is limited for this free class sponsored by Tampa Baycycle. Participants will receive a bicycle commuting manual and a bicycle light, helmet or lock. RSVP to


The class will provide an overview of riding in traffic and commuting including:

·         Bicycle: maintenance, equipment, guidelines, fit, wheels/tires

·         Helmets

·         Choosing and planning your route

·         Carrying gear on you bicycle

·         Back-up plan/Buddy network

·         Parking your bike

·         Nutrition and Hydration

·         Riding at night and proper lighting and visibility

·         Traffic laws, changing lanes, lane and intersection positioning


A 15-minute parking lot skills check will include:

·         Helmet Check

·         ABC Quick Check

·         Stopping and starting, quick stop

·         Rock dodge and avoidance weave, instant turn

·         Scanning

·         Stop signs, signaling and intersections

·         Turning and bicycle control


The class will conclude with a 30-minute campus bicycle ride.


Held in conjunction with Florida Bike Month, Tampa BayCycle is an initiative of the New North Transportation Alliance and the Tampa Downtown Partnership that encourages commuters to cycle to work, school or play all year. It is made possible through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.


“We are encouraging people of all ages and abilities to ride bicycles to their destinations instead of driving” said Julie Bond, executive director, New North Transportation Alliance managed by USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. “Bicycle safety is a top priority and through education, bicyclists and motorists can share the roads more safely and enjoyably.”


For additional information regarding Tampa BayCycle and a complete schedule of events, please visit