BTCNJ Pilot Rider Training Program – Instructors Wanted

RIDESMART Rider Training Program – Instructors Wanted

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BTCNJ’s RIDESMART rider training program starts up this spring. RIDESMART teaches riders, particularly those newer to cycling, essential individual and group bike handling skills, safety, simple bike maintenance and repair, and the fundamentals of nutrition, clothing, and bike fit for safe, competent, courteous and confident riding.

Consider joining our BTCNJ RIDESMART Instructors Team and passing your knowledge and experience to others. We are looking for experienced cyclists to join our staff of instructors. You’ll be contributing to the future of BTCNJ.  We will provide you with orientation and training.  To be an instructor, you need to:

  1. Attend and participate in a classroom session and two instructor training rides. The dates are shown below.
  2. Lead and provide instruction to pilot program participants for at least three of the four training rides. If a Saturday ride is cancelled due to inclement weather, the ride would be on Sunday.
  3. Be willing to learn the RIDESMART approach and curriculum and teach it to the BTCNJ participants in classroom sessions and on the rides.
  4. Be able to ride at a C* pace or higher.

Program Dates:

  • Instructor orientation and coordination session (classroom)
    • Tuesday, April 2 – 2 hours in the evening, in Ridgewood
  • Instructor rides with RideSmart program coordinators:
    • Saturday, April 6, 2019- 3 hours
    • Saturday, April 13 , 2019- 3 hours
  • BTCNJ Pilot program participant Classroom dates:
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Ridgewood 7PM-9PM
    • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Ridgewood 7PM-9PM
  • Program participant training rides (all start in Pequannock, NJ)
    • Saturday, April 27, 2019 –Includes classification ride, 3-4 hrs
    • Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 3-4 hrs
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 3-4 hrs
    • Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 3-4 hrs

To volunteer to be a program instructor, or for more information, contact Don Schlenger at [email protected], Bob Zitelli at [email protected] or Cyndi Steiner at [email protected].