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Become a Certified Bicycle Skills Educator

Application Deadline: February 10, 2015

By Lisa Baker - updated 1/20/15

WCC is aiming to expand cycling education programs both within the club and in the larger community. To support this effort, the club has allocated resources to train WCC ride leaders to become "League Certified Instructors." The LCI is offered through the League of American Bicyclists and is the only national credential for cycling education. You can read more about the LCI at http://bikeleague.org/content/become-instructor

Becoming an LCI involves an intensive training, the LCI Seminar, which takes place over one weekend and prepares the candidate to teach bike riding skills and related topics. LCIs are qualified to teach the League's Smart Riding curriculum, which includes Traffic Skills, Group Riding, Commuting, and Bicycling 123 Youth. Club members Lisa Baker and Kate Marshall are LCIs, and longtime member Michael Miller was an LCI. The club believes our community will benefit from the increased offerings in cycling skills education that trained LCIs can offer.

WCC plans to host an LCI Seminar in Westchester County May 29-31, 2015. Before participating in the Seminar, LCI candidates must complete Traffic Skills 101, the League’s basic cycling skills program; the club will offer opportunities to do this. Candidates must also complete an Assessment and pre-Seminar activities before attending the Seminar.

WCC will sponsor up to 10 WCC ride leaders to become LCIs. In exchange for this sponsorship, the LCIs will be required to offer seven hours of group cycling skills education as part of WCC-sponsored activities by the end of 2016. The club is confident that sponsored LCIs will develop a broad range of training initiatives, both directed to club members/ride leaders and in the larger Westchester community (including local schools, towns, and community organizations).

WCC encourages any ride leader with an interest in becoming an LCI to apply for club sponsorship. The application form is available at http://www.westchestercycleclub.org/pdf/Application_for_WCC_LCI_Sponsorship.docx

Priority will be given to members with demonstrated commitment to the club, particularly as active ride leaders. The club will aim to sponsor candidates over the full range of pace levels. Applications are due February 10, 2015. Selected candidates will be notified by the end of February and will then register for the LCI Seminar.

For any questions please contact Lisa Baker, the WCC Board member coordinating Safety & Education, at LisaBaker6789@gmail.com or 914-645-5353. The club thanks you for considering this opportunity to promote safe cycling in the club and the Westchester community.

Download the application form here


Welcome to the Westchester Cycle Club website! We've been riding together since 1975 and are a not-for-profit organization in Westchester County, New York. Our purpose is to educate the general public about safety and the benefits of bicycle riding, to promote community awareness and enjoyment of cycling through organized bicycling events, tours, lectures, demonstrations and other bicycling activities for members as well as for the general public, and to promote bicycle use, and development of cycling facilities as a non-polluting, non-congesting, quiet means of recreation and transportation. We have been designated the top bicycling club in the country in 2011 by the League of American Bicyclists.

We're open to everyone and we'd love you to join us. A $20 annual membership provides you and your family with a variety of rides; beginner or expert, you'll find something just right. Our Orientation Ride will help you find just the right paced group for you. We offer lots of member-led rides throughout the entire county as well as Putnam and Duchess and Fairfied (CT) counties. Rides are scheduled on weekends as well as many weekdays and evenings and wind their way through some of the Lower Hudson Valley's most scenic areas. We also schedule multi paced rides once a month with food, drink and camaraderie afterward. The highlight of the year is our renowned GOLDEN APPLE TOUR - a fully supported event with routes from 25 to 100 miles. For a more complete picture of what the WCC is all about, read our More Info page.

If you're a new member, make yourself welcome by taking a peek at the sage advice of our new members committee. You can find lots of information on our Link-o-Rama page or join an informal chat group on Yahoo. Please treat yourself to one of our immediate benefits: member discounts at a many Westchester bike shops!