The Bike Colorado Springs Education committee is chaired by Joan Stang. The Education committee teaches people how to access and safely use our bicycle network as well as teaching drivers how to interact with bicyclists and bicycle infrastructure throughout the Pikes Peak region. Combining educational material via social media, webinars, and in-person training to increase the level of education and awareness for safe bicycle travel for both on-street travel and our many miles of off-street multi-use trail facilities. Transportation is about having a choice and bicycling offers one option. As the Pikes Peak region continues to grow, our communities will benefit from green space and infrastructure that allows for a viable mass transit system, micromobility, and walkable and rideable neighborhoods.

Join the list! Bike Colorado Springs has provided Bicycle Friendly Driver courses to the following local organizations

Mountain Metro Transportation bus drivers –  Pikes Peak Library District
US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center – City of Manitou Springs Public Works.

Bicycle Colorado's Shift Driving Course

Safer Roads For All Of Us

After more than two years in development, Bicycle Colorado launched SHIFT DrivingTM in the Summer of 2023. This brand new online driving education course focuses on filling the knowledge gaps seen in existing driving education, specifically on sharing the road safely with bicyclists and pedestrians, specifically related to Colorado laws.

Free Smart Cycling Course

Get you the tips, tools, and techniques to ride safely

Do you know all you need to feel comfortable and safely ride a bike with traffic? Do you feel you know enough to teach your children how to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own? When you drive a car, are you confident on how to share the road with people on bikes?

Free Bicycle Friendly Driver Course

Learn how to keep cyclists and other road users safe

As a motor vehicle driver, do you know why bicyclists travel in the roadways in the ways they do? Learn about common bicycle infrastructure, how to navigate it, and common crashes. Develop a shared understanding for how all users use our roadway and how to keep all road users safe.

Current Class Offerings

Bicycle-Friendly Driver

Auto-Friendly Bicyclist

Join Bike Colorado Spring to personally learn or have your team/organization learn how to improve the safety on our roadway for both bicyclists and motorists.

Bicycle Friendly Driver Class

This program teaches people who ride bicycles best practices for sharing the road with drivers. This course will benefit all people who ride bicycles with any background or skill level.

Auto Friendly Cyclist Course

Ride Leader Training

Cycling Basics 101

Learn how to safely lead groups of riders on urban trails and on our on street bicycle networks including  shared roadways, bike lanes, and protect bike lanes. Prerequisite: Smart Cycling

Ride leader training course

This class prepares people for a bike ride including checking your bike, the basics of group riding, trail etiquette, roadway safety, and guidance on how to avoid the most common crashes.

Cycling Basics 101

Please reach out to Bike Colorado Springs and the Education Committee for more information and let us know if you have other bicycle related education needs that we haven’t listed

Bicyclist and Driver Education Program

Sign up for courses and training

If you are interested in attending a Bicycle Friendly Driver, Auto Friendly Cyclist, or a Train-the-Trainer course or want to learn more click the button below. Please follow our social media and subscribe to our newsletter for information on our next class.

About Joan

Growing up in Alaska, Joan started commuting via bicycle as a way to exercise, enjoy the great outdoors, and to do something for the environment. She dabbled in bike racing while living in Honolulu, Hawaii and continued after moving to Colorado Springs in 1991 giving track, mountain, cyclocross, and road racing all a try. Eventually, her focus turned to equestrian interests and she gave up racing but continued to commute by bike. In 2014, Joan was seriously hit by a distracted driver while bicycling home from work one day. Luckily, she walked away without any broken bones. After almost 15 years, Joan quit her DoD job and decided it was time be part of the solution helping to educate our community that there are other users on the road. At the end of the day, it is all about saving lives and driving and/or riding courteously and with awareness. Today, Joan and her husband enjoy vacations on their tandem bicycle visiting far away places such as France.

Joan Stang successfully completed LCI training in Fort Collins, CO October 2022. We congratulate her and look forward to offering more activities to involve the community!