Group riding away from the Rec Center on bikesA free, two-part class designed to teach rules of the road, improve skills and build confidence. Whether you’re a regular bike commuter, a recreational bicyclist, or just dusting off your old ride, this is a great class to kick-start your fall!

Smart Cycling at CSU is based on The League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum, with CSU and Fort Collins-specific information added to prepare the rider for our unique infrastructure and culture. The complete Smart Cycling at CSU class is split into two parts.

CSU coordinates with the City’s FC bikes programs on many classes. Checkout FC Bikes’ Class webpage for current offerings.

Upcoming Classes (descriptions below):

Choose one virtual “Road Rules” classroom session (sign up links below):
9/16 from 5-8 pm 
9/24 from 5-8 pm
9/29 from 5-8 pm

 And sign up for the on-bike “Road Skills” session (sign up link below):

10/3 from 9 to 3 pm

RSVP required for all sessions. Sign up for free at the City of Fort Collins’ Engage website.

PART 1: ROAD RULES (Classroom)

Smart Cycling instructors Bret Ellis and Aaron Fodge teach the Road Rules session.Certified instructors will lead the class through an interactive discussion of the following principles while applying them to CSU and the Fort Collins area:

  • The Basics: choosing a bike, maintenance, clothing/equipment, helmet, bike handling, shifting gears
  • Principles of Bicycling: riding in a group, sharing paths/trails, inclement weather, night riding, long distances
  • Principles of Traffic Law: where to ride on the road, navigating intersections, rural roads
  • Bike Infrastructure
  • Hazards: crashes and how to avoid them; five layers of safety

*Registration for free Smart Cycling classes is in the City of Fort Collins’ engage system. Registrants will be asked to create an account.
Road Rules sessions are limited to 18 participants each.


Smart Cycling class at CSU in Spring 2017

Learn how to conduct bike safety checks and on-bike handling skills to build confidence for riding with traffic on trails and roads.

Practice bicycle handling skills in a parking lot before utilizing those skills on a ride on city multi-use trails and streets.

Note: Bicycles and helmets required and can be provided if needed. Contact 970-221-6987 to reserve.

*Registration for free Smart Cycling classes is in the City of Fort Collins’ engage system. Registrants will be asked to create an account.

Please contact Erika Benti at or call (970) 491-7600.

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A Smart Cycling class in action!