Education & Outreach
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.
- 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
- 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
Winter Bike to Work Day
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.
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.
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.
Bike Walk Bus Day
Safe Routes to School
National Walk and Bike to School Day 2024
Find Safe Route maps to your school here:
Schools slated for programming in Spring 2024 include:
- Riverview Elementary School - Bike Rodeo & Walk and Roll to School Day. Check back later for more details.
- Bike Rodeo: The city and partners will host a bike rodeo for one week during the school’s P.E classes for all grade levels. Students are encouraged to bring their bike or scooter to school the day of the bike rodeo. Limited lender bikes will be available. Students will learn the basics of traffic safety, how to fit a helmet, and play games.
- Walk and Roll to School Day: students, parents, and teachers will meet at Memorial Park (29th street put-in) before school and walk or roll to school escorted by Durango Police Department. Find the walk and rolling routes for this event here (yellow route is walking and green route is rolling).
Safe Routes to School Events in 2023:
- Park Elementary, Bike Rodeo
- Riverview Elementary, Walk and Roll to School Day Spring and Fall 2023
- Durango High School, Bike to School Week
- Escalante Middle School, Walk audits with health class, Spring 2023
Volunteer with the city on SRTS events! Volunteers are needed during school days for bike rodeos or before and after school for walk and roll to school events. Contact GetAroundDurango@durangogov.org if you’re interested. Thank you!
- Safe Routes Partnership website
- National Center for Safe Routes to School website
- Why Walk and Roll to School (pdf)
The city has recently expanded the multimodal division to provide more resources for SRTS. The city also has a League Cycling Instructor leading and participating in all SRTS events. Contact GetAroundDurango@durangogov.org to partner on events.
Custom travel training for businesses
Are you interested in promoting alternative modes of transportation to your employees? Through our travel training program, we will come to your place of business to evaluate strengths and potential barriers to commuter success and work with you on options for increasing the commuter-friendliness of your workplace.
We will conduct a training with your wellness coordinator(s), management staff, or all employees about the different modes of transportation, routes specific to your location, and tools to successful clean commuting.
Give us a call at (970) 375-4955 to schedule your evaluation and training today. This is a free service offered by the City of Durango's Multimodal Division.
For small groups and individuals
Are you interested in getting out of your lonely car and commuting by bike, foot, carpooling, or public transit? Please call (970) 375-4955 to schedule an in-person training session and we will help you find the best routes from your home to the places you want to go in the Durango community.
We will provide you with tools to be successful and safe in your new travel modes. If you need extra help, we will even hop on the bus or the travel the route with you.