Ride Smart

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Due to the current coronavirus protocols, the RideSmart program due to commence April 14 (classroom session in the Ridgewood Public Library) is postponed. It will be rescheduled when it is practical and safe to do so. The instructors’ orientation session (April 6) and training rides are also indefinitely postponed. If you have paid for the program on the BTCNJ website, your payment will be refunded.

BTCNJ’s 2020 RideSmart Rider Training Course

BTCNJ’s  RideSmart bicycle rider training course will help you improve your competence, safety and confidence in riding on the roads in our area, both individually and in groups. The course is aimed at newer riders, but is open to all who want to improve or refresh their skills.

By participating in this training program, you will improve your bicycle handling techniques and riding abilities. You can become a safer, stronger 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 14, 2020
    • April 21, 2020
  • Four on-the-road training sessions, where you will ride in a small group with a team of experienced 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 25, 2020
    • ride-smart-logoSaturday, May 2, 2020
    • Saturday, May 9, 2020
    • Saturday, May 16, 2020

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 – Riders who comfortably average at 11-13 miles per hour on flat surfaces.
  • C* – Riders who can comfortably average 13-15 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. 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.

Course graduates will receive two Specialized “Purist” water bottles with the RideSmart logo, a $30 value. 

 2018 RideSmart Instructors

Pictured, left to right: Marcie Squadron, Joan Brickman, Don Schlenger, Lindsey Colombo, Alex Polner, Keith Schlanger, Dave Pawlyk, Nate Morgenstern, Cyndi Steiner.  Not pictured:  Rob Singer.


RideSmart Course Information



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 may be limited, so register early.  We will maintain a wait-list in case all slots are filled and there is a cancellation.


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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 27.

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 25.

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  Don Schlenger or  John Daugherty



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