Help make Colorado’s roads safer for everyone.

Become a certified Bicycle-Friendly Driver!

 

Experience and impact

With funding from the National Safety Council, Bicycle Colorado launched our Bicycle-Friendly Driver program in 2018 and partnered with jurisdictions across the state to certify drivers, including professional drivers, government employees, cited drivers and the general public. In 2019, we contracted with Boulder County to teach Bicycle-Friendly Driver to hundreds of drivers in their community. And in 2020, thanks to New Belgium Brewing, we converted our classroom curriculum to an online webinar to continue to reach drivers in Colorado and beyond. To date, we have certified over 2,000 drivers and gathered rave reviews and data on the impact of the program on both people who drive and people who bike:

  • 97% felt the course was valuable to them as a bicyclist or driver
  • 95% gained a better understanding of laws, infrastructure and crash avoidance behaviors
  • 97% felt they will be a safer, more aware and more confident driver alongside bicyclists as a result of this course
  • 83% felt more confident about biking on the street as a result of the course
  • 80% of participants ride a bike regularly and 26% plan to ride a bike more often after taking the course

Course description

Bicycle-Friendly Driver is taught from a motorist’s lens to help drivers safely and legally navigate our streets with people on bikes and bike infrastructure. The 1.5-hour, interactive course covers laws for drivers and bicyclists, the purpose of and how to properly use bicycle infrastructure and how to avoid common crashes between people in cars and on bikes.

All ages and levels of drivers and bicyclists (and motorcyclists!) have shared that they benefited from the course.

Upon successful completion of the course and exam, participants will receive a certificate and sticker to display on their motor vehicle.

Upcoming courses

Please see our education programs calendar below to find and register for our next in-person or webinar course. Don’t see an upcoming course, interested in hosting one for a private group or sponsoring a free public course? Contact bikeschool@bicyclecolorado.org.

We are all people on our streets. Let’s put each other’s safety first.

Thanks to FC Bikes and Bike Fort Collins for sharing their Bicycle-Friendly Driver curriculum, which Bicycle Colorado has modified to fit the conditions and needs of the other cities and communities where we train.

Testimonials from Bicycle Colorado’s certified drivers:

All drivers need to take this class! This should be mandatory.

As a driver, motorcyclist and bicyclist, there was a lot of new information that everyone should know.

Very informative, addressed all topics and provided information that I didn’t know about traffic laws.

I have decades of bicycling experience both work related and personal riding… I took the test before the class and did not ace it.

Colorado communities where we’ve certified drivers:

  • Adams County
  • Arapahoe County
  • Arvada
  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Centennial
  • Colorado Springs
  • Crested Butte
  • Denver
  • Edgewater
  • Englewood
  • Evergreen
  • Glenwood Springs
  • ​Golden​
  • Grand Junction
  • Greenwood Village
  • Jefferson County
  • Lafayette
  • Lakewood
  • Lamar
  • Littleton
  • Lone Tree
  • Longmont
  • Louisville
  • Northglenn
  • Pagosa Springs
  • Pueblo
  • Sheridan
  • Silverthorne
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Sterling
  • Superior
  • Thornton
  • Westminster
  • Wheat Ridge
  • Woodland Park

We are partnering with communities across Colorado, so this list is always growing! 

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