Education & Safety

This page stresses training materials and resources addressing bicycling education and safety related programs conducted in a skills and knowledge based training sessions.  Be sure to see the bottom of our Clubs, Teams & Organizations tab for additional ride leader, tips for riding in groups, and organizational resources. Some of the material on our Resources tab contains links related to education and safety, as well.

Hands-On Training

Bike Camp – Kalamazoo Bicycle Club — Orientation meeting + 4 consecutive Saturday mornings beginning in May of each year.  Children-adults.  Registration fee.

Open Bike Shop –  Western Michigan University offers bike repair guidance, including the use of bike repair tools on Friday afternoons.   Open to the general public, as well as to WMU’s faculty, staff and students.

Open Roads Bike Program – Variety of programs and events; bicycle mechanic and social skills primarily aimed at school-aged children; some adult sessions; events throughout the year.

PowerPoint and Video Presentations

Bicycle Safer Journey — Skills for safe bicycling for ages 5-18; variety of ready to use instructor-led programs for one-on-one or group training from the Federal Highway Administration.

Bicycling Safety — Quick review of safety ideas for bicyclists and motorists; 30 seconds; YouTube video produced by Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Department of State (MDOS-which most people know from the many Secretary of State offices).

Bike Commuting  —  Comprehensive look at bike commuting designed for adults; 60-90 minutes; 78 slides from the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)

(School) Bicycle Safety Presentation — Topics including safety, rules of the road, gear and bike fitting aimed; designed for 30 minute K-4 school assembly; 20 PowerPoint slides from LMB

Think Bike Safety First! — Ann Arbor Police Officer Kathy Vonk, Bike Instructor for the International Police Mountain Bike Association and the League of America Bicyclist discusses safety issues for bikers; 6:48 YouTube video

Smart Cycling Videos — The League of American Bicyclists presents a series of lessons, interactive components and videos. Covers different types of bikes and bicycling gear, techniques for improving your ride, your rights as a bicyclist and how to ride safely on the road.

What Parents Need to Know About Children and Bikes —  Topics including helmet fitting,  bicycle safety, ride preparation, riding skills and rules of the road; designed for PTA/group/institutional presentations to parents; 17 PowerPoint slides from LMB

Yes, there really is a … Bike Friendly Kalamazoo!  —  Use to construct 20-25 min “lunch n learn” presentation on key aspects of bike selection, ride preparation, safety and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK); 24 PowerPoint slides

Written Material

Michigan Laws Pertaining to Cyclists — List of key laws organized as answers to frequently asked questions by the League of Michigan Bicyclists

Rules of the Road — Web page of six tips from the League of American Bicyclists

What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know and What Every Young Michigan Bicyclist Must Know  — Informational booklets from the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB)

What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bicycle Lanes —  Brief orientation downloadable as a PDF file from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)