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Free Safety Workshop to Kick Off Beverly Hills Bike Week

The Thursday event at Roxbury Park will offer tips for adults and teens.

Get ready to ride—safely and confidently—with the free Bicycle Safety Workshop on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at . Held in conjunction with the city, the class offers safe bicycling tips and techniques for teens and adults.

Get up to speed regarding helmet safety and proper sizing, bike type and size, weather preparedness, route planning, night riding, flat tire repair, lane positioning and more.

Taught by Ron Durgin, a League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor and Beverly Hills resident, the workshop is for cyclists of all skill levels who want to enjoy riding more. The workshop is designed to help boost cyclists’ confidence as they navigate Beverly Hills’ city streets.

Durgin emphasizes that safety is a two-way street, with increased awareness needed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike. Bicyclists are entitled by law to “own the lane”—that is, not just be relegated to the gutter. One of the most common bike accidents is being “doored,” or running into a car door when a driver opens it.

Durgin founded the nonprofit group Sustainable Streets, and also teaches a two-day hands-on workshop, Confident City Cycling, with one session including a ride on city streets. He also teaches a pedestrian safety workshop for older adults.

No wheels? No worries. Durgin can help you decide what type of bike is right for you. No reservations necessary. Just show up for an evening of high-energy inspiration and a chance to meet other Beverly Hills riders.

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. Bike to Work Week is May 16-20 and Bike to Work Day is May 20.

In other bike related happenings, urban planner Mark Elliot, founder of local group Better Bike Beverly Hills, brings to light the need to make Beverly Hills bike-safe so we can get around town on two wheels instead of four. One BBBH initiative is “rack-on-request.”

“The city can install two racks to accommodate four bikes for less than one percent of the cost of a publicly funded garage space. One on-street parking spot equals 14 bikes in a bike corral,” Elliot said. “Los Angeles and other cities are doing it, and so can we. Getting more bike racks on sidewalks near where we work and shop helps encourage people to ride.”

Also on the bike front, at the , Councilman Dr. Julian Gold noted that the panel will be considering ways to make the city bike-friendly. Gold told Patch that a plan is needed and that it can’t be done piecemeal. It takes driver education too, he said. 

Stay tuned to Patch for Beverly Hills Bike Week ideas, such as riding bikes as a family to the Beverly Hills or . Also check out what other cities are doing through the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

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kathi May 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Hi. I'd love to see a Sunday "Family Bike Ride to BH Farmers Market". The use of a bike valet service could be implemented to secure the bikes while a family spends the morning shopping and dining in Beverly Hills
Terrance Trent D'Arby May 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Ha! You can't even ride your bike safely from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills and they want to do a seminar on safety? Oh, gotta make sure I don't get mowed down by some inattentive person on little Santa Monica. Or get honked at for riding in the street.
Ellen Lutwak May 13, 2011 at 08:16 PM
City Council and Commission Members: Let us know who is riding a bike to their next meeting?
Ellen Lutwak June 01, 2011 at 12:17 PM
3,000 Santa Monica students of all ages are riding and walking to school Bike It! Day today! Hey Beverly Hills, let's do this, too! Ron's classes on bike safety should be a must for as many students as possible.
Ellen Lutwak August 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
On Twitter "‏@BHScanner REXFORD TC UPDATE: Non injury (car vs bicyclist). Parties exchanging info." Bike safety and awareness is important for drivers (even drivers who also ride bikes) and cyclists.

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