If you haven't tried the fun of bike-riding in Paris yet because you're not confident about cycling in the city, don't worry, you are not alone. Or maybe you've made the happy plunge -- either on your own velo or on Velib --but want to make sure you're obeying the rules of the road (and avoid those costly moving violations!).
The City of Paris, in conjunction with three bicycle associations, is offering workshops on theory and practice of bike-riding in Paris. The courses, which will take place from now until December 15 on selected Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, are open to everyone over 14 who already knows how to ride a bike. They are offered in French, and are available by pre-registration only.
You can take just the theory lessons, which are free. About 25 people per class.
To take a practice session, you must have already taken one of the theory classes first. Practice sessions feature hands-on, real-life riding and last about 2 hours. Cost is 2€50 (to cover insurance). Space is limited to 10 - 12 participants, so it would be best to sign up early.
You can bring your own bike for the practice sessions; and if you're not a bike owner, you can have free use of a Velib for the course.
Theory classes only:
Call MDB (Mieux se déplacer à bicyclette) to register at 01 43 20 26 02
Held in the 1e arrondissement.
Theory and practice:
Right Bank: call Cyclo-Pouce at 01 42 41 76 98 to register
Left Bank: call Voiture & Co at 06 59 55 62 99 to register.
Check here for full schedule and details.
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