Ride Smart

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Invitation to Register





BTCNJ’s RideSmart Rider Training Course

*** Registration For RideSmart 2019 will open in February ***

The BTCNJ RideSmart will be offered again in 2019.   This rider training course is designed to help members improve their competence, safety and confidence in riding on the roads in our area, both individually and in groups.  This program is modeled after the New York Cycle Club’s (NYCC) successful 30-year old program.  The course is aimed at newer riders, but is open to all who want to improve or refresh their skills.  It is scheduled to prepare riders for the upcoming riding season.

By participating in this training program, you will improve your bicycle handling techniques and riding abilities, both on individual and group rides.  You can become a safer and more skillful rider, and increase your enjoyment of bicycling.

The course consists of:

  • Two classroom sessions, to be held 7:00-9:00 PM at the Ridgewood Library:
    • April 16, 2019
    • April 23, 2019
  • Four on-the-road training sessions, where you will ride in a small group with a team of instructors. The on-the-road sessions will take place starting at 9:00 AM at the Pequannock High School parking lot, on the following (rain dates are the Sundays immediately following these dates):
    • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    • ride-smart-logoSaturday, May 4, 2019
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • Saturday, May 18, 2019

What You Will Learn

  • How to prepare your bike and yourself for a ride
  • How to be visible on the road
  • How to safely share the road with motor vehicles and pedestrians (NJ Motor Vehicle Laws, proper hand signals, handling traffic and intersections, handling difficult situations, and more)
  • Riding in rain or low light conditions
  • Best techniques for shifting, cadence, braking, climbing and descending, “holding the line,” and maintaining control of your bike
  • Group riding techniques (spacing, staying together, passing, etc.); rules and guidelines for riding safely and courteously in a group; how to communicate when riding in a group; group riding in traffic and through intersections; proper rotation when riding in a group

The course will have two riding levels:

  • C-C* – Riders who can comfortably average at least 13 miles per hour on flat surfaces.
  • B – Riders who can comfortably average at least 15 miles per hour on flat surfaces

The first on-the-road session will include a short classification ride, to ensure you are riding with participants of similar ability.  We will assign you to a comfortable group.  The course will be led by experienced instructors.  During the on-the-road sessions, you will get a chance to practice in small groups the rules and techniques discussed in the class sessions.

We ask that you participate in a post-course “graduation ceremony” and feedback session to help us improve the program for the following year.

 Your RideSmart Instructors

Linsey Colombo Nate Morgenstern Alex Polner
Keith Schlanger Rob Singer Marcy Squadron



The RideSmart course registration fee is $25.  You must be a BTCNJ member to register.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis based on when payment is received.  Registration uses PayPal and you must sign into your BTCNJ Account.   Space is limited.



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What is Expected of Course Registrants

Registrants are expected to make a commitment to participate in all sessions.  To graduate from this program, you must not miss more than one session.  As space in this program is limited, please don’t sign up if you are not available on more than one of the dates listed above.  All participants must attend the first on-the-road session on April 7.

If weather cancels a ride on Saturday, it will be held on Sunday.  If weather cancels a whole weekend, we will extend the program to the next weekend (May 5).

You must have a road bike, or a hybrid bike with smooth tires (no mountain bikes), in good mechanical order. You must come to the on-the-road training rides on time and appropriately dressed for that day’s weather conditions.  You must be in good physical condition and be prepared to ride for 3-4 hours.  You must have a current BTCNJ membership and at all times you must follow BTCNJ’s rules.

For answers to questions or for more information, please contact Cyndi Steiner at [email protected] or Don Schlenger at [email protected].