Become an Instructor
What’s a League Cycling Instructor?
League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to 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 are members of the League and have completed an intense 3-day seminar training. Our certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the League’s liability insurance.
The LCI Seminar
The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The Seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Traffic Skills 101 curriculum, both in the classroom and in the parking lot. The seminar is normally one evening and two full days. Generally, 1/3 of the time is on-bike, so students should be prepared to ride.
The registration fee is $300 and includes the seminar materials.
FAQ's: What do you need to know about becoming an LCI?
The LCI training seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques you will use with your future students both on-bike and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills to new and returning bicyclists and youth. The Seminar is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating. You will receive a detailed Seminar agenda from your Site Facilitator or Seminar Coach. Please address specific questions about meals and breaks, lodging, equipment and other logistics to the Site Facilitator. Generally, 1/3 of your time at the Seminar is on-bike, so come prepared to ride.
If you are an experienced and knowledgeable bicyclist with a desire to make cycling safe and accessible for others, you are on the right track.
Completion of a Traffic Skills 101 course is a prerequisite for attending a seminar. You can complete the entire TS101 class with an LCI or complete the in-classroom portion at bikeed.org – please note that you will still need to complete the on-bike portion of the class with an LCI in order to meet the full requirement.
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After registrations, you will be required to take an open-book exam using the seminar materials. You will send the exam answers to your coach, who will use the exam results to help assess your bicycling knowledge and fine tune seminar activities accordingly. Your grade on your examination must be 85% or greater. Your coach will contact you if you score falls below 85% and provide counseling. Your coach is the final decision maker on your attendance in the seminar.
All LCIs are expected to be computer savvy: steady email access is necessary prior to the seminar, there are electronic assignments that need to be completed, and many of the learning tools that are available for the Smart Cycling program are electronic.
All participants of an LCI seminar must be Family or Individual members of the League. This membership must be kept current in order to work as an LCI. Become a member today.
All participants of the LCI Seminar must successfully complete Traffic Skills 101. There is no substitute to completing this requirement. Regardless of your riding experience, it is important that you be a part of the curriculum prior to teaching it.
Due to the rigorous demands of the LCI Seminar, including the completing the Assessment, we highly recommend taking TS 101 at least 1 month prior to the Seminar. This gives you time to master the drills before you have to facilitate them for others.
As an LCI you are certified to teach the League’s bicycle education (Smart Cycling) curriculum including:
- Traffic Skills 101
- Traffic Skills 201
- Group Riding
- Bicycling 123 Youth
- Bicycling 123
- Safe Routes to School
The League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Certification Seminar registration fee of $300 covers:
- 20 hours of instruction, exercises and practice teaching both in the classroom and on the bike, usually during the course of a single weekend beginning on a Friday evening and ending on a Sunday afternoon
- A copy of the League Guide to Safe and Effective Cycling
- Enjoy the Ride DVD (one covering adult cycling practices and one aimed at the parents of small children)
- League Cycling Instructor Manual with curricula and support material for teaching classes to adults and children
- Access to the LCI Internet listserv where instructors discuss teaching issues and techniques
- Listing in the League’s national website database of instructors
- Online course postings on the League’s website
- One year of coverage under the League’s individual liability insurance for LCIs, renewable each year for the maintenance fee of $25
Become familiar with your seminar materials prior to starting the Assessment. You seminar Coach will contact you with details on how to submit your assessment answers. A detailed Seminar agenda will come from your Site Facilitator or Seminar Coach. Please address specific questions about meals and breaks, lodging, equipment and other logistics to the Site Facilitator. Questions about your registration or membership should go to Ariell@bikeleague.org.
The Assessment is open-book, so you can use the study materials to complete it. We expect students to complete it within 1- 3 hours.
Deadlines for registration are set in order to help you get the Pre-Seminar materials in a timely way to permit you plenty of time to fill out the Assessment and send it to your Seminar Coach. If you miss the deadline, contact the League. If registration is within 30 days of the seminar, there will be a $75 late fee. Please notify the League in writing 30 days in advance if you cannot attend a Seminar for which you have registered, and you will receive credit toward a future Seminar or a full refund less a $50 administrative fee. If you notify the League 14 days prior to the seminar, 50% of the seminar fee will be refundable. If you notify the League within 7 days of the seminar, the entire fee is nonrefundable. Reasonable exceptions can be made for emergencies. In such an event, you should notify the Director of Education. A full refund will be provided for any seminar that is canceled due to low enrollment.
The Seminar Coach may feel that you are not ready for certification at the time of your training. The Coach may recommend that you do remedial course work with a specific LCI or other instructor. Once that instructor helps you fill the specific remedial requirements, he or she will notify your Coach, who will notify the League, and you will be eligible for certification. A Coach may also recommend that you attend a future Seminar. In that event, you will be entitled to attend a future Seminar at no cost.
In order to maintain your LCI certification, you will be required to complete 12 hours of continuing education each year. Continuing education credits will be given for classes you teach and any involvement you have with bicycling. A full list of requirements will be given to you at the completion of your training. Each class you teach must be pre-announced to the League via the League’s online database, for which you will receive a password for access. After the class, course paperwork must be sent to the League. Copies of the Class Roster, Sign-in Sheet, Course Feedback Forms and Registration forms/ signed and dated waivers must be sent to the League. All of the forms/information should be sent electronically if possible. In order for you to be covered by the League’s insurance, you must follow all the League policies for teaching Smart Cycling courses. You are also required to maintain membership with the League and submit an annual renewal fee of $25 to keep your certification current.
All participants must be 18 or older, due to our insurance policy.