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CyclingSavvy is a three-part course: Truth & Techniques (classroom), Train Your Bike (on-bike skills), and the Tour of Your City. You may take either or both of the first two classes “a la carte.” You must complete those two before going on the Tour. If you sign up for all three at one time, you will receive a discount.
If you wish to purchase only one or two sessions of the three-session course, go here.
If you wish to purchase all three sessions at the discounted bundled price, use the form below. The Tour option will not show until you have selected both the classroom and skills sessions.
If no courses are currently offered in your area, you may click the link at the right to register for new course notifications.
I plan to teach a course in the Boston area in the spring of 2018. Dates are not definite yet, but Sign up for notification of future courses here.
Photos of the May course I taught in Boston with Pam Murray.
I ride for transportation in everyday clothes, also in (gasp!) spandex with a recreational bicycle club and on overnight tours. I am the author of the booklet Bicycling Street Smarts, and technical writer and editor at sheldonbrown.com, a site mostly about bicycle customization and maintenance. I wish to teach so that other people can experience the freedom and self-confidence which I know as a cyclist.
I have commuted by bike since 2002. In 2006, I started a Meetup group for local bike commuters, and have served on the Portland Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine board of directors. I'm currently on the BCM's Legislative and Policy Committee and Law Enforcement Collaborative. In addition to teaching CyclingSavvy, I teach with BCM's Bikes for All Mainers adult program, the Maine Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Education program for children, and am a certified councilor for the Boy Scout Cycling merit badge. Professionally, I am a computer programmer, and in my downtime I enjoy listening to and playing music (mostly piano), and reading.
I was born in 1977. I am principally a math teacher and have been teaching since the age of 17. I have a B.E. in computer engineering from SUNY Stony Brook (2000) and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Umass Amherst (2008). I first learned to ride a bike, in the common sense, at age 7. Due to a visual disability I cannot acquire a driver's license. I once thought of this limitation as a severe one. I made some trips by foot, bike, and bus, and relied on friends and family members with cars to give me rides for some other trips. For the most part, however, the difficulty I had in traveling prevented me from living what most people would consider a full life. I learned to DRIVE a bike at age 27, and it radically transformed my life. Suddenly, I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, in a reliable, flexible, carefree manner. It felt as if I was no longer disabled. Now I travel almost entirely by bicycle. I have found that good cycling habits provide me with more freedom and flexibility than I could ever achieve through driving a motor vehicle. I have cycled in ten states and the District of Columbia, on a wide variety of roads under a wide variety of conditions. I have made trips of up to 200 miles.
In addition to being a CS instructor, I am a civil engineer that designs bikeways and am also involved in drafting new bikeway design standards. So I bring a unique perspective to the Cycling Savvy experience which helps cyclists find their way and make their ride fun.
I'm a life-long cyclist (I was the geek who rode his bicycle to high school), and educational professional. I'm dedicated to education as a means to improve transportation options for all. I'm a CyclingSavvy Instructor because I believe this curriculum and philosophy provides the most effective and enjoyable approach to making yourself a confident and contributing part of the traffic mix. I'm also a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Ridercoach, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Local Motion, the Vermont statewide bicycle & pedestrian development organization. I also serve as Transportation Commissioner-at-Large for the local Regional Planning Commission.