Become a League Cycling Instructor
Get certified with Bike Easy!
As we’re seeing an unprecedented amount of bikeway expansion in the city this year, education around safe biking and how to share the roadways is more important than ever. By becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), you will gain the skills and knowledge to help New Orleans become a safer bicycling community and help Bike Easy educate Greater New Orleans about bike safety.
What is a League Cycling Instructor?
League Cycling Instructor are certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults. The goal of an LCI is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally. LCIs with Bike Easy will also learn how to educate drivers safely sharing the road with people biking and walking as part of our People Friendly Driving Program.
LCIs are members of the LAB and must complete an intense and comprehensive 3-day seminar training. Certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the League’s liability insurance.
Working with Bike Easy
To become a paid Bike Easy Instructor at our events, individuals must be certified as an LCI. The national certification is obtained by completing the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) cycling curriculum. The curriculum includes a 9-hour training called Smart Biking and a three-day LCI Seminar. Certified instructors are required to keep their membership and certifications current with the LAB by maintaining minimum teaching requirements (i.e. using your certification to teach bike safety!). Bike Easy Instructors also attend one professional development session with Bike Easy each year and receive extra training and support to best apply their bicycle education skills to our work in the Greater New Orleans area.
Become LCI Certified
Bike Easy will host Smart Biking classes August 21, 22 and 24. Smart Biking will help you ride safely and effectively — to work, to the store, around your neighborhood or around the state. The course covers bike selection, simple maintenance, fixing a flat, and strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently. Smart Biking is taught in three sessions and is comprised of four hours in-class and five hours on bike including parking lot drills and a ride on city streets.
- Session 1 — August 21 — 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Session 2 — August 22 — 5:30-7:30 pm
- Session 3 — August 24 — 11 – 4 pm
Completion of all sessions of Smart Biking is mandatory to be eligible for the LCI Seminar.
League Cycling Instructor Certification Seminar
The LCI Certification Seminar will be hosted at the Bike Easy office at 2100 OC Haley Blvd September 27th – 29th. The program is an in-depth instructor training in bicycle safety which includes group riding practice, traffic safety training, as well as educational materials for future instruction. These trainings are typically offered at cost to individuals but Bike Easy is able to provide this opportunity to the public with generous support and funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.