Class Descriptions

We offer a variety of bike safety classes. Check out our calendar for upcoming classes, and see the Quick Links below to find descriptions of the different kinds of classes. To request a class, email education@massbike.org or call (617) 542-2453. Safe riding!

Quick Links

Basics of Better Biking (On-Bike)
Biking for Everyone Workshops (Classroom)
Child Bicycle Safety Education (Classroom)

Basics of Better Biking
(On-bike, 4 hours):

The Basics of Better Biking class is designed for adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. This four-hour weekend session provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. Topics covered include bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, and more.

Some notes about the class:

  • A bicycle in good working order and a helmet are required.
  • Preregistration is required.
  • This class is intended for participants 18 and older. For minors wishing to take the class, please contact Price at price@massbike.org.
  • Sometimes we have to cancel a class due to low registration. We will let you know no less than three days in advance if the class is canceled.
  • Cancellation policy: If for any reason you cannot attend, we will need 24 hours notice or otherwise you will be charged 1/2 the amount.

Cost: $60 for MassBike members, $80 for non-members (unless otherwise noted). Private classes for your organization cost $480, with a maximum class size of eight.


Biking for Everyone Workshops
(In-classroom, 1 hour)

Our bicycle commuter workshops are great for businesses, communities, universities, or bike groups looking to promote healthy transportation options. The workshop is designed for people who know how to ride a bike, but would like to start using their bikes to ride to work, school, or clubs. Attendees receive safety hand outs, and the instructor will have materials on hand to demonstrate principles, as well as to answer any questions attendees may have.

We provide several versions of our Biking for Everyone workshop. Click the workshop title to download a more detailed description of the workshop:

  • Summer/Winter
    This general biking workshop covers many topics, and is intended to help people overcome common barriers to biking.
  • Maintenance
    This workshop covers basic bike maintenance, including inflating tires, patching flats, and adjusting brakes.
  • Bike Safety and the Law
    This is a more advanced workshop for people with specific questions about bike law.
  • Women-Powered Biking
    Bikes and bike gear is often designed with men in mind. This workshop covers women-specific barriers to biking.
  • Hubway Bike Share
    This workshop is for people new to Hubway or interested in joining, and discusses how the bikes and system work.
  • Urban Cycling
    For those interested in short trips around town, this workshop is for you.
  • Customized Workshop (Costs Extra)
    If there is a topic that you would like to have a workshop on, but don’t see it covered here, we are willing to work with you to deliver it ($175 surcharge).

Workshops are designed for up to 30 people at a time to provide an effective way to quickly educate a large number of people on how to safely and comfortably commute to work by bicycle.

Each workshop is $250, plus $30 an hour travel time and $0.565/mile if you are located 10 miles or more from where our closest instructor is based (contact education@massbike.org if you would like to know where our instructors are located). The Customized Workshop is $400. Our cancellation policy is if for any reason you cannot attend, we will need 24 hours notice or otherwise you will be charged 1/2 the amount.


Child Bicycle Safety Education

MassBike provides child safety education primarily through the federally-funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. SRTS program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school. It educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking and bicycling for travel to and from school. The SRTS training is offered to children in grades 4-8 at no cost to the school, and consists of a 45-60 minute high-energy interactive presentation. A trained MassBike instructor will arrive with all the materials needed for the class: a helmet, a bicycle and other props.

Encourage your school to contact the SRTS Coordinator, Erin Reed at Erin.Reed@state.ma.us

To bring bike safety training to schools and communities that are unable to participate in SRTS, MassBike is offering its training at a cost of $125 per hour, plus $0.565/mile if you are located 10 miles or more from where our closest instructor is based (contact education@massbike.org if you would like to know where our instructors are located). Our cancellation policy is if for any reason you cannot attend, we will need 24 hours notice or otherwise you will be charged 1/2 the amount.

For more information about Massachusetts SRTS, click here.

Safe Routes To School Child Safety Documents