Education

How can you walk, bike, and drive more safely?  Explore this page to find out!  The video below is a good overview of safety tips for riding on the road.

Figure 1.  This video, produced by the League of American Bicyclists, is a somewhat campy presentation of a lot of good information.

BikePed Laws

Understanding and abiding by the laws that apply to people when they drive a bike or walk on our streets helps all road users anticipate bicycle and pedestrian movements and makes our streets safer.  Click the link to learn City and State BikePed laws.

Formal Education Opportunities

SMART Cycling Class
Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA) has committed to offering at least two League of American Bicyclist SMART Cycling courses in Central Arkansas per year.  This is a full day class in which riders learn practical bicycle safety and competency both in the classroom and on the road.  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.

Commuter Mentoring
BikePed Little Rock, in partnership with the Arkansas Bike Club, is starting a commuter practicum.  It is a short, no drop ride appropriate for ALL skill levels in which I and others will help teach people new to riding on the road how to drive your bike safely and comfortably.  It is the last Tuesday of every month at 6pm in various locations.  See the page for ride locations and skills.  For any questions, please contact John Landosky, jlandosky@litterock.gov.

Traffic Skills 101 Online
This online course has much of the same content as the classroom portion of the LAB SMART Cycling Class.

Bike Rodeo
BACA's League Certified Instructors also put on bike rodeos regularly.  A bike rodeo is a pop-up, short bike safety and skills course for children.  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.

League Certified Instructor Course (August 31st - September 2nd 2018)
BACA is organizing a course to train people to become League Certified Instructors in 2018.  This intense, three-day course trains participants to be League Certified Instructors (who are then qualified to teach SMART Cycling classes, bike rodeos, and other League of American Bicyclist courses).  If you are interested in participating in this course, please contact Diane Barton at bicycleadvocacyinfo@gmail.com.

Friendly Driver Program (coming October 2018)
Teaching bicyclists how to safely use city streets is important, but it only solves half of the problem.  The City of Fort Collins has created an innovative program to help drivers better understand how to drive safely in the context of bicycle traffic.  The City of Little Rock is in the process of creating a Friendly Driver Program, informed by the Fort Collins program, but with applicable laws and examples of Little Rock and including a pedestrian component as well.  We intend to launch the program in 2018.  To learn more about this program and how you can participate in its development and implementation, please contact John Landosky, jlandosky@littlerock.gov.

Education Topics

When Driving

Biking Preparation

When Biking

When Walking or Running

Educational Resources

Youth Instructor Manual (League of American Bicyclists)

Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Elementary School and Pre-school (NHTSA)