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"Basic Street Skills" Bicycle Safety Classes for Adults

What You Need to Know to Safely Ride the RoadsClasses are held multiple times per year at various locations throughout Marin County. These classes uniquely allow bicycle traffic citation fee reduction through class attendance. Cyclists are the most vulnerable users of public roads; this class will teach you how to ride and drive defensively and avoid road rage behaviors.

In just two hours, this powerpoint and interactive presentation will teach participants to safely and confidently use a bicycle for transportation. Topics covered include how to avoid crashes and citations, improve visibility, ride through intersections, the legal rights and obligations of cyclists, and more. Drivers benefit from the class as well, by learning how and why bicycles maneuver on the roads.

A bicycle is not necessary for the class, unless you plan to ride one there!

Current Class Dates and Locations

2014 Class Schedule

Early registration is suggested as classes can fill-up well in advance of the scheduled class date

The following class will be conducted in the meeting room listed below at the Marin General Hospital, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae.

Registration fee: $45.00 non MCBC members, $30.00 MCBC members.

Click here to register online.
Click here to download a registration form PDF.

If the currently scheduled class date is not available to you, please to be notified of upcoming class dates.

To become an MCBC member, join here.

Attorney Guest Speaker

RAHMAN LAW PC is a generous supporter of MCBC's Share the Road education. Shaana A. Rahman is an accomplished civil trial attorney who handles personal injury cases in which someone has been hurt or killed in a collision or other accident. She intends to be available as a legal resource at as many Basic Street Skills classes as possible.

RAHMAN LAW PC is a Bay Area bicycle attorney firm. Their lawyers advocate on behalf of cyclists through private organizations, City hearings and in the media to make the streets safer for two-wheeled vehicles. One of their many goals in representing riders is to change the public perception of riders to one that is a positive image.

Bike Parking and Transit

Classes will be held in either A West Wing (Magnolia/Tamalpais Conference Room) or C East Wing (Hospital Conference Center). Bike Parking at Marin General is located outside the Information Systems Building. Please view the Marin General Campus Map for the location.

For information on mass transit options, visit the website of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District.

Traffic Ticket Reduction

These classes uniquely allow bicycle traffic infraction citation fee reduction through class attendance. The Marin County Superior Court will refund a portion of the traffic infraction citation fee upon successful completion of the class (refunds depend on each defendant's circumstances). This partnership with Marin County Superior Court is the second of its kind in the Bay Area to provide bicycle education as a traffic court option.

Cyclists that receive a citation/infraction on a bicycle that is a "California Vehicle Code violation" are permitted by the Marin County Court to attend a Basic Street Skills class. As of June 2012 only bicyclists who plead guilty and forfeit their bail are eligible for attending the Basic Street Skills class to get their bail reduced.

Cyclists that receive an off-road citation/infraction (any municipal code violation)  are not eligible for a fee reduction unless the infraction is a "California Vehicle Code Violation".

Please bring a copy of your citation to the class for inclusion on your Certifcate of Attendance.

Class Instructors

Frances Barbour

Frances became a bicycle commuter in college, taking up road and mountain bike riding soon after. Since 2000, Frances has been an active member of MCBC and loves the cycling life in Marin!

Frances has a long history of involvement in the cycling community. Her past professions include Outreach Coordinator for MCBC, teaching for Safe Routes to School, and she currently conducts Basic Street Skills. Frances is a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor.

James Sievert

James Sievert is the lead instructor for Marin Safe Routes to Schools.

A passion for education and bikes has led James to gain credentials as a public school teacher, League Cycling Instructor (LCI), bicycle mechanic, and CAT 1 cross-country racer.

Car-free since 2002, James enjoys both recreational and utilitarian cycling. Catch up with him at his bike blog James Bikes Green.

League Cycling Instructor Cheryl Longinotti is the alternate instructor for the class.

For a listing of all Street Skills classes taught around the Bay Area by League Cycling Instructors (LCIs), click here.