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.
Current Class Offerings
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.
Ride Leader Training
Cycling Basics 101
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.
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
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!