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Smart Cycling Classes - Bike Commuting with Confidence

Taught by Courtney Child, League Cycling Instructor and Jennaye Derge, Bike Durango

Learning how to ride safely and legally with traffic is essential for a positive and enjoyable commuting experience, for both the drivers and the cyclists. These Smart Cycling classes are based on curriculum from the League of American Bicyclists and taught by a certified instructor.

Class 1

  • WHAT: Bicycle Commuting 101
  • WHEN: April 4th, 2024, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Durango Sustainable Goods (1259 Main Ave.)
  • In this class, you will learn the principles of traffic law. We will explain the laws of the road for bike commuters, how to ride safe and responsible, and when to “take the lane”. You will learn about lane positioning, how to change lanes, and positioning at intersections. All the basics of knowing how to safely ride with traffic for a more enjoyable experience. This is a free class for ages 16+. 
  • Sign up at bikeleague.org


Class 2

  • WHAT: Hazard Avoidance Maneuvers – Parking lot drills
  • WHEN: April 13th, 2024, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Durango Transit Center parking lot (250 W 8th St.)
  • This is step 4 of the League of American Bicyclist’s “Five Layers of Safety”. When you are faced with a critical situation, you need to understand how to maneuver your bike to avoid crashing - or at least limit the consequence of a crash. Parking lot drills will cover bike handling skills and avoidance maneuvers. Acquire these skills for when you need them. Bring a bike, helmet, water, sunscreen, anything else needed for riding your bike for two hours. This class is designed for beginner cyclists and anyone who feels they need practice with bike handling (quick turning, braking, starting/stopping). This is a free class for ages 16+.
  • Sign up at bikeleague.org

Bike to Work Day and Business Commuter Challenge

Bike to Work Day is a state-wide event held in June each year. It is an annual celebration of walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus around Durango. Bike to Work Day is a day to encourage community members to ride their bike, walk, take transit, or carpool to their destination instead of driving a single-occupancy vehicle. The Business Commuter Challenge is a week long competition between local businesses to see who can clean commute the most and the winners are rewarded with prizes.

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Winter Bike to Work Day

Winter Bike to Work Day is held each year in February. It another annual celebration of walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus around Durango. This event is a fun celebration of winter commuting, complete with coffee and breakfast snacks, free bicycle tunes, and free giveaways.

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World Day of Remembrance

World Day of Remembrance is a national event held every November to honor those who have lost their lives or been impacted by roadway crashes in Durango and surrounding areas. This is a day for community members, advocates, organizations, and local government to gather to commemorate lives who have been affected by traffic violence. This is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the urgent need for safe streets for everyone. We remember those killed and seriously injured in crashes, support those personally impacted, and act by advocating for and implementing actions to end roadway fatalities and serious injuries. 

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Float to Work Day

Float to Work Day encourages commuting on the Animas River for all river users. This is an event to celebrate commuting on the river as a form of clean transportation. It's a fun, Durango-style form of transportation. The city partners with environmental groups to educate users on what they can do to protect our water quality. 

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Safe Routes to School Events

Safe Routes to School events include: Walk and Roll to School Day every spring and fall semester; Bike Rodeos, partnered with Durango Police Department, Durango Devo, and Gray Matters; walk audits; and Bike to School Week. To learn more about Safe Routes to School, visit the Programs tab above.

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Bike Walk Bus Day

The City of Durango participates in Fort Lewis College's annual Bike Walk Bus Day, with the purpose of encouraging clean commuting among college-aged students. Bike Walk Bus Day raises awareness on FLC's campus about the transportation options that are available to students, and offers incentives to students through the Way to Go Durango and raffles prizes.




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