Whether you’re 8 or 80, Bicycle Colorado’s Learn to Ride lessons

are the best way to learn to ride a bike!

Have you always dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance? Does teaching your child to ride often end in tears? Take heart, there is a new way to learn how to ride a bike!

Our Learn to Ride lessons teach children and adults to ride using the gliding technique. With this simple and effective technique, most students are pedaling within two hours. Also check out our new Learn to Ride: Level Two lessons for adult beginners looking for more knowledge and skills.

Learn to Ride Successes

  • We’ve taught more than 150 kids and adults in our first two years offering learn to ride lessons, with the largest demographic being women ages 30-50

  • 85% of students who completed our survey said they were able to pedal by the end of their lesson

  • 56% of these students are now riding at least once a week and 70% are riding at least once a month

Lesson Details

We offer group Learn to Ride lessons for youth (ages 5-15) and adults (ages 16+).

Youth lessons cost $60; Adult lessons are $75. We are able to provide discounted tuition based on need. For scholarship inquiries, email bikeschool@bicyclecolorado.org.

Participants are welcome to borrow one of our fleet bikes and helmets, or can bring their own. Snacks are provided courtesy of Clif Bar, a Learn to Ride sponsor, but please be sure to bring water.

We’ve also partnered with a few bike shops in the greater Denver area, who are excited to provide deals and discounts to new riders.

More Learn to Ride information

  • Two-hour lessons

  • Small class size, maximum of 8 students with at least two instructors

  • Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. (with the exception of March 28th) and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

  • Wednesday lessons are held at Arvada’s Bike Training Course; Saturdays at Alchemy Bicycle Co. in Cherry Creek

Learn to Ride: Level Two

  • These lessons are for adult Learn to Ride graduates or beginners who can keep balance and pedal but are looking to gain confidence and practice with skills (shifting, scanning, signaling, navigating infrastructure) as well as knowledge of rules of the road and trail. Arvada’s Bike Training Course is the perfect space to develop as a new rider.

Interested in private group lessons? Gather a group of five or more students and we can schedule a special lesson for you! Email bikeschool@bicyclecolorado.org to schedule your private group lesson.

Awesome, helpful instructors who really took the time to watch everyone and give personal attention. The environment was so supportive and friendly!

The class really helped me re-gain my balance. I’d learned to ride as a child, but after 25 years of not owning or riding a bike, I was very unstable and uncomfortable when I first tried again. The class gave me the skills and confidence to get back out there without making me feel silly.

The staff members are very patient and flexible. They put the needs of the children as the main priority.

Schedule – Check back later for more dates!

2018 Lesson Schedule - Youth
  • Wednesday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (please note earlier start time than usual)

  • Saturday, April 14, 9-11 a.m.

2018 Lesson Schedule - Adults
  • Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m

  • Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m – Learn to Ride: Level Two

Learn to Ride lesson in action!

Want to support new riders at our Learn to Ride lessons? Here’s how:

Volunteer at Learn to Ride lessons!

  • If you’re excited about our Learn to Ride lessons but already know how to ride a bike, you can join us for the rewarding experience of teaching someone to ride a bike for the first time. Please complete our Bike School Volunteer form to share your background and availability. Volunteers who commit to at least two lessons will receive a Bicycle Colorado t-shirt at their second lesson.

Purchase a Learn to Ride lesson for a friend or family member looking to learn or to provide a scholarship for someone in need.

Become a Learn to Ride sponsor. There are many ways that you or your company can support this effort. Please email bikeschool@bicyclecolorado.org with sponsorship inquiries.

Learn to Ride Sponsors

Many thanks to our Learn to Ride sponsors for donating time, space or resources.

Bicycle Colorado
  • Safe Streets Day at the Capitol is just a week away! Click the link in our bio to register today for this FREE event. At Safe Streets Day, you can share how important better bicycling and safer streets are to you—directly with your legislators! Come out and support (and be sure to register so we can link you with legislators and get you breakfast) on February 27 from 8-10 a.m.
  • What a difference a day makes!
  • Bikes + trees. Did you take advantage of the sunshine on your bike today? Share your photos by tagging @bicyclecolo!