Become an Instructor
What’s a League Cycling Instructor?
League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are ambassadors for better biking through education. After earning certification through a 3-day, League Coach-led seminar, LCIs teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about riding by educating cyclists and motorists and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.
Steps to Becoming a League Cycling Instructor:
1. Successfully pass the Smart Cycling Complete class (Traffic Skills 101) with a 85% or better.
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 Smart Cycling 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. Click here to find a seminar near you.
The registration fee is $500 (effective April 2020) and includes the seminar materials. Download the LCI Seminar Description - great for submitting to an employer or for a grant.
How to Host a Seminar
Do you want to see more LCIs in your area to teach bike safety education? Consider hosting a LCI seminar.* The League makes it easy to organize and host a seminar. If you are part of a bike advocacy organization, bike club, health agency, transportation agency, business, or non-profit, consider hosting a LCI seminar to encourage safer and more confident bicyclists (of all ages & abilities) in your community.
Follow these simple steps to learn more about hosting a LCI Seminar:
3. E-mail a signed copy of the MOU to email@example.com or give us a call to learn more 202-822-1333. Our Education team would love to work with you!
*If you are organizing a LCI seminar in the state of Minnesota, please contact our partner group Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They run an awesome locally focused seminar in their state.
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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 Smart Cycling Complete course (formerly called Traffic Skills 101) is a prerequisite for attending a seminar. You can complete the entire Smart Cycling 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.
In order to search for a class and/or instructor in your area click here.
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 comfortable using a computer: 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 a LCI seminar must be Family or Individual members of the League. This membership must be kept current in order to work as a LCI. Become a member today.
Do I have to take Smart Cycling (formerly called Traffic Skills 101)? Is there a way to substitute or skip this?
All participants of the LCI Seminar must successfully pass the Smart Cycling Complete class (formerly called Traffic Skills 101) with an 85% or better at least one month prior to attending an LCI seminar. There is no substitute to completing this requirement. Regardless of riding experience, it is important that each candidate be a part of the curriculum prior to teaching it. Taking the class at least 1 month prior to the seminar, allows a candidate time to master the drills before facilitating them to others. The Complete class consists of a classroom component and an on-bike component.
As an LCI you are certified to teach the League’s Smart Cycling curriculum including:
- Smart Cycling (formerly called Traffic Skills 101)
- Group Riding
- Bicycling 123 Youth
- Bicycle Friendly Driver
- LCIs are empowered to tailor curriculum components to suit their audience, all classes must incorporate the Need-to-Know.
The League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Certification Seminar registration fee of $500 covers:
- 23 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
- League Cycling Instructor Manual with curricula and support material for teaching classes to adults and children
- One year of coverage under the League’s individual liability insurance for LCIs, renewable each year for the maintenance fee of $25
- Access to the LCI Online Group 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
Seminar preparation materials will be sent to you via email. Become familiar with your seminar materials prior to starting the Assessment. Your 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 email@example.com
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 allow 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 28 days of the seminar, there will be a $75 late fee.
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.
Click here for pdf: LCI Code of Ethics
As a League Cycling Instructor, I accept the responsibilities and obligations inherent in providing quality instructor services. Basic to these ethical beliefs, I agree to abide by and support the following objectives:
I agree to:
TO CONDUCT myself in a professional and ethical manner, provide only services for which I am qualified, and represent my education, certification, professional affiliations and other qualifications honestly.
TO TEACH only those courses I am authorized to teach.
TO FOLLOW through on all classes assigned to me, including teaching the complete curriculumfor each League of American Bicyclists course or component, completing required records in a timely and accurate manner and providing appropriate League of American Bicyclists course certificates or other recognition to participants.
TO USE the League of American Bicyclists’ materials and resources in proper and authorized manners.
TO ASSUME responsibility for the safety of students and others who have been put in my care.
TO ADHERE to the mission and policies of the League when acting as a League Cycling Instructor.
TO RESPECT everyone with the same respect I expect for myself. The same honesty will extend to my handling of bicycling qualifications, certifications, assessment of students' abilities, and any circumstances that might exhibit potential for conflicts of interest. This includes respecting a person's personal and emotional space.
TO IDENTIFY myself as a League of American Bicyclists instructor and the course materials as those of the League of American Bicyclists.
TO RECOGNIZE that this certification remains in effect as long as my authorization is maintained with the League of American Bicyclists.
TO TREAT people fairly without regard to race, sex, religion, age, disability, or national origin.
TO SET set aside conflicts between me and students or others, within the context of carrying out my professional responsibilities.
TO STRIVE for excellence in bicycling by maintaining and enhancing my own knowledge and skills.
As a League Cycling Instructor, I assume the full responsibilities of this Code of Ethics and am aware that these responsibilities are a part of my obligation as a League Cycling Instructor. I pledge my support to these Code of Ethics.
I understand that failing to uphold the above stated Code of Ethics could result in the termination of my LCI number by the League of American Bicyclists.
All cancellation and transfer requests must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cancellation policy applies to all candidates whether the registration is being paid by an individual or by an organization.
- A candidate will be given a free transfer to another seminar or opt for a 50% refund if they cannot attend the scheduled seminar due to health reasons.
- Cancellations due to non-related health reasons made within three weeks of the seminar will be offered a transfer. The transfer will be subject to an administrative fee of $75, transfers must be redeemed within 18 months of the registered seminar.
- No refunds will be granted after registration closes (three weeks prior to the seminar).
- A full refund or free registration transfer will be provided for any seminar that is canceled due to low enrollment.
- Failure of a candidate to fulfill pre-assessment work without advance notice will be considered a cancellation and will be assessed a $75 transfer fee. Transfers must be redeemed within 18 months of the registered seminar.