BikeLane.jpgRemember National Fire Prevention Week? That shit was sweet, what with being able to tour all 51 firehouses in SF. Now, another “Week” is upon us: October 23-30 marks SF’s very own Bicycle Safety and Education Week.

In honor of this SFMTA and SF County Transportation Authority-created event, the SF Bike Coalition will be offering six classes in six districts to educate the community on safe and respectful bicycle-riding practices.

Says Executive Director of the SF Bike Coalition, “We are thrilled to lead Bicycle Safety and Education Week at a time when an unprecedented number of San Franciscans are discovering the joys of biking in our city. With all of the new bike lanes connecting the city, we are seeing more and more people riding bikes, and many more people who are interested in learning to ride. We are proud to help ensure that everyone knows how to contribute to a safe and respectful environment on our city streets.”

The four-hour class will cover the basics of choosing the right bike and properly-fitting helmet, as well as safety tips for riding in traffic, techniques to avoid road hazards and emergency maneuvers, the best way to lock up your bike, how to use a bike in conjunction with public transit, and biking rights and responsibilities.

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Below is a full list of class times and locations:

Monday, October 24: Downtown in the Ferry Building at the Bayside Room, from 5:30pm-9:30pm

Tuesday, October 25: In the Mission District at the Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St. from 5:30pm-9:30pm

Wednesday, October 26: In the Inner Richmond at the Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Ave. from 5:30-9:30pm

Friday, October 28: In Sunnyside at St. Finn Barr School, 419 Hearst Ave. from 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, October 29: In Excelsior at the Filipino Community Center, 4681 Mission St. from 5:30pm-9:30pm

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