Drawing upon the latest safe cycling teaching methods and BikeAthens vast organizational
knowledge, BikeAthens has developed a comprehensive safety program to give people all the
information they need to safely navigate local streets. Our bicycle safety course is appropriate for
all levels of skill and experience, but it is specifically designed for those who may be unfamiliar or
uncomfortable riding on Athens busy local streets. The course is held the third Friday of every
month at 2:00 p.m.
The BikeAthens Bicycle Safety Class covers the three main areas of bicycle safety: bike-specific
traffic laws, safe cycling techniques, and helmet safety. In the Bicycle Laws section of the course,
we discuss the most pertinent state and local bicycle laws. Our course supplements the legal
discussion with pictures and graphics to explain how the laws apply to various real world situations.
In the Safe Cycling Techniques section, the course focuses on situations unique to urban cycling,
and we explain the safest ways to navigate these situations. Here, our instructors use examples
from local Athens streets to demonstrate how riders can establish safe cycling habits when biking
around town. In the last section, the BikeAthens course will examine helmet safety, particularly,
proper helmet fit.
At the end of the course, every participant will receive a bike laws / bike safety handout to keep as
a as a reference. Every Bike Course attendee will also receive a copy of the BikeAthens commuter
map. The BikeAthens commuter map color codes local roads to highlight bicycle-safe routes: low-
speed roads, bike lanes, and multi-use paths. It also labels local bus stops to make it easier to plan
multi-modal transportation. In total, the bike safety course will last about an hour.
Anyone arriving late to the Bicycle Safety Course may be turned away and be required to attend
the next available program. The bike safety course is open to the public free of charge. However,
those attending without a fee will NOT receive a certificate. The safety course is held at the Athens-
Clarke County Municipal Court, 325 East Washington St. Athens, GA.