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Bike Skills 101: Learn to Ride—Adults


Bike Skills 101: Learn to Ride—Adults is a free class for adults and mature teens who are ready to ride. Whether you are 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or, they can join us for another free class! Questions? Email us at classes@bike.nyc.



Class Duration: 2 hours

Class Location: Traffic-free Community Bicycle Education Center

Class Size: 20 adults and mature teens
Instructors: 1 trained instructor
Equipment: Bicycles and helmets provided to those who register online for the class.*

Registration policy: Advance registration is required; walk-up students are not accepted.


*Anyone who chooses to bring their own bicycle must ensure that the bicycle fits and is in good working order (i.e., wheels spin freely, brakes function).

Upcoming Classes

Click here to view and register for open classes:   SIGN UP HERE

To give everyone a chance to take this class, please sign up for only one session at a time. Classes are listed 5-10 days before meeting. If you don’t see any sessions listed, more classes will be available soon, so keep an eye out!

Is this the right class for you?

If you never learned how to ride a bike as a child or if you did learn but haven’t ridden since, our Learn to Ride class is for you. This class is open to adults and mature teens over the age of 14. (Participants between 14 and 18 years old must attend with a legal guardian.) Already know how to balance and pedal but want to work on improving your bike handling skills? Consider attending Bike Skills 201: Bike Handling Skills.


If you are interested in private instruction, visit the League of American Bicyclists website to find a certified cycling instructor in your area.

Weather Cancellation Policy

Bike Skills 101: Learn to Ride—Adults classes will be canceled in the event of rain or low temperatures; call the weather hotline (929 269 3110) if in doubt.


Put your 101 lessons to the test and gain confidence with starting, steering, and stopping at Bike Skills 102: Practice Session, a supervised 2-hour practice session.


Once you’ve successfully learned how to balance and pedal a bike, sign up for a free Bike Skills 201: Bike Handling Skills class and hone your handling skills.