GEARs now has sister organization called GEARs Education which offers classes, with help from Eugene SRTS, and the City of Eugene. These classes follow the curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists. Registration for classes is available online or by calling Paul Adkins, GEARs Education Instructor, at (458) 210-6625.
Traffic Skills: This 9-hour class is recommended for bicyclists over age 12 and of all skill levels. It offers training needed to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trail. Bicycle safety checks, laws pertaining to bicyclists, and techniques for avoiding crashes are part of this curriculum. We will be giving instruction with on-bike skills, crash avoidance techniques and basic bicycle mechanics. The culmination of this class is a ride through town in traffic. Complete the class to receive your Road 1 certificate from League of American Bicyclists. Course fee of $40 can be paid at the class. See schedule.
Traffic Skills for Families: Topics covered include how to perform a bicycle safety check, helmet fitting, bike sizing and basic traffic skills. Perfect for kids age 5-14. This will prepare your family to become bike to school regulars. See schedule.
Bicycle Commuting 101: This class is for adult cyclists who wish to explore the possibility of commuting to work or school by bike. This 1 hour course covers topics including route selection, bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, bike parking, lighting, reflection, and foul weather riding. These classes are offered as requested, so please contact Paul Adkins 541-255-2478 if you would like to coordinate one at your business or for your group.
Rides and Events
See the “Events” page for some great ride events happening all around the Northwest.
Blackberry bRamble and Bike Celebration -GEARs Annual Bicycling event features a family-oriented community ride through Eugene’s neighborhoods and parks on Sunday, August 6, 2017 as well as the annual supported century/metric century road ride. Free blackberry pie and ice cream for each registered rider after each ride!
Kidical Mass-a short, fun family ride through neighborhood streets and ending with treats and or play. Kidical Mass occurs on the third Friday of each month. See the website KidicalMass.org for more information.