July 16, 2013
Thanks to a substantial federal grant, both amateurs as well as experienced bicyclists in Los Angeles County will be able to take part in free bicycling lessons to help reduce the risk of accidents this summer.
The grant has been awarded to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and is via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The $203,000 federal grant will pay for approximately 120 classes, that will be conducted free of charge during weekends. The classes will be conducted in both English and Spanish. The classes will be conducted in several cities including in Los Angeles, El Monte, Santa Monica, Rowland Heights and the City of Commerce.
The classes are for a duration of three and eight-hour sessions, and will begin in June and July continuing right through September. Bicyclists, who complete the course, will get a bicycle safety helmet, bicycle lights as well as a safety manual.
The classes in English will be conducted by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition and Bike SGV, while the Spanish-language classes will be conducted by the Multicultural Communities for Mobility.
The classes have been primarily designed to help bicyclists equip themselves with the tools needed to ride safely in what is often a very hostile environment for bicyclists. California bicycle accident lawyers expect that the risks facing bicyclists will increase during the weeks of summer, when more numbers of motorists join the roads. These classes will help bicyclists equip themselves with essential skills that they need to identify potential accident risks and dangers, and avoid these risks.
The classes are designed not just for beginner bicyclists who want to establish the most basic bicycle safety skills, but also more advanced and experienced bicyclists, who want to brush up on their knowledge, and learn more tips to avoid accidents and ride safely.