The CyclingSavvy workshop is designed to educate and empower cyclists to drive their bikes safely, confidently, and courteously in any traffic situation whether it be on a city street, country road, neighborhood bike path or trail. Safety is in our hands, and an educated cyclist is a safe cyclist.
The curriculum was developed in Orlando, Florida and is taught by certified instructors throughout the United States. CyclingSavvy operates underneath the supervision and guidance of the Florida Bicycle Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
We support the bicycle as a legitimate means of transportation in our community—one with great health, social, and economic benefits for our citizens. CyclingSavvy supports well-engineered facilities of all types, as well as a transportation system that makes our community accessible to cyclists. We believe that our city’s streets, engineered facilities, laws, and culture should support bicycling as a normal transportation option. We believe that integrating cyclists benefits everyone.
- Cyclists are drivers – Cyclists operating with respect for the rules of the road and other drivers are safer and are themselves treated with more courtesy and respect.
- Mixed-use trails and separated cycle paths – While our network of streets typically provides the best route options and connectivity for most destinations, mixed-use recreational trails and dedicated cycle paths often provide beneficial alternate routes and connectivity options for bicyclists. It is important for bicyclists to understand how to use these facilities safely.
- Bike lanes and shared lane marking or “sharrows” – CyclingSavvy DFW takes no stance for or against on-street bike lane markings. If bike lanes are present, we like to see them engineered and used appropriately. The CyclingSavvy curriculum shows cyclists how to safely handle any situation no matter what facilities are present–bike lanes, bike boxes, sharrows, etc.
- Helmets – CyclingSavvy requires helmet use during all on-bike portions of the workshop. We recognize that helmets are a last-line of defense for a cyclist’s safety and there are many factors that contribute to a safe ride.
- Safety equipment – CyclingSavvy demonstrates how to use safety equipment such as lights, reflectors, and reflective gear most effectively. Similar to helmet use, CyclingSavvy recognizes that safety equipment is a last-line of defense for a cyclist’s safety. Seeing is not just a function of visibility, but also of attention. In the workshop, we present proven strategies that ensure cyclists are both visible and relevant to other drivers.
CyclingSavvy promotes independent thinking and problem solving. Traffic and roadways are very dynamic and the CyclingSavvy curriculum provides “tools” to help cyclists of all skill level more safely navigate wherever they feel comfortable. Each of the CyclingSavvy DFW instructors has a deep passion for empowered, educated, and active cyclists in the metroplex.
If you have any questions or concerns, we would love to hear from you.