Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cycling Workshops Have Goal of Giving Riders Confidence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cycling Workshops Have Goal of Giving Riders Confidence

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The goal of the CyclingSavvy Workshop Sept. 20-21 is to show road- riding bicyclists how to "ride with ease and confidence in places they might never have thought possible."

The three-part workshop will be conducted by Lyle Seaman of Point Breeze, a veteran road cyclist. He is a certified teacher of a nationally established curriculum that emphasizes safe cycling behavior. The cost is $75 for all three parts or $30 for one part.

"The rise in popularity of cycling within our region along with the establishment of a bike-sharing program next year means that an ever-increasing number of people of all ages and abilities will be on bikes on our roads and trails," said Sara Petyk (CQ) of Squirrel Hill, president of the Steel Valley Trail Council.

"A proven program that effectively teaches knowledgeable cycling behaviors is critical to establishing Pittsburgh as a safe and bike- friendly city.

"The CyclingSavvy education program uses innovative and modern teaching techniques to effectively change the belief patterns and behaviors of cyclists," she said. Petyk, who owns and operates Bike the GAP, commutes by bike to her office in Oakland. She has registered for the workshop.

"The object of the [workshop] is not to turn people into road warriors," the CyclingSavvy website said. "Being a confident, competent cyclist has nothing to do with speed or bravado. You don't need either of those things to have access to the entire transportation grid.

"Even the most confident cyclists prefer to use quiet routes when feasible. In many cases, it is only an intimidating intersection or short stretch of busy road that hinders a cyclist's preferred route. The workshop is designed to show students simple strategies to eliminate such barriers."

"Truths and Techniques of Traffic Cycling" will be presented from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave. …

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