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Bike Traffic Safety Skills 101

May 15, 2014, 6:00 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Bike Traffic Safety Skills 101

For many of us, we learn how to ride a bike at a young age through a park or up and down a not so busy street.

"Everybody learns how to ride a bike when they are a kid, and you know how to balance on your bike, but most people don't understand how to drive their bike when they are interacting with cars," Falls Area Bicyclists president Chris Parsley said.

But what about taking your two wheels on a busy street like Minnesota? It may seem scary to some, but a new class in Sioux Falls can teach you how to confidently take on the road.

"It's material designed over a long period of time with the League of American Bicyclists, it's called Traffic Safety Skills 101," Parsley said.

Parsley is one of the people teaching the new Traffic Safety Skills 101 course offered to riders in KELOLAND.

"We teach people how to drive a bike in traffic, say on Minnesota Avenue for example," Parsley said.

Parsley says the class will teach you how to maneuver on busy streets. The group is even teaming up with the Sioux Falls police department to teach officers how to spot someone not obeying bike laws.

"We've has the opportunity to talk to pretty much every single patrol officer in Sioux Falls and go through what the ordinance are as it relates to people riding their bikes in traffic," Parsley said.

Above all, Parsley says this class can potentially save your life and keep you riding safely for years to come.

According to FAB, most accidents happen on a bike that is not properly maintained. One of the most important things to remember when riding a bike, never forget your helmet. The classes will be offered throughout the summer. For more information visit

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