December 15, 2018

Vélo-École du 20ème: Free Bike Riding Classes in Paris

free bike classes parisAre you an adult who never learned how to ride a bike? Well, it’s not too late. The Vélo-école (Bike School) in the 20th arrondissement of Paris offers a free 2-hour initiation to bike riding for adults. After you overcome your initial fears regarding bike riding, you can sign up for 10 hours of lessons for 30€. The Vélo-école will provide you with a bike adapted to your morphology and a yellow safety vest. An experienced instructor leads the lessons. No worries if you don’t speak French. The class mostly consists of imitating the appropriate gestures to adapt when riding a bike and the instructor also speaks English and Spanish. Classes take place every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in the Fougères district near la Porte des Lilas and the association Cyclofficine.

About the Vélo-École du 20ème

Bike riding classes are not new to the Paris region. La Vélo-École de Montreuil, for example, has been offering bike riding classes since 1999. So far, more than 2,000 students have participated in classes led by the association’s volunteers. Since its creation, La Vélo-École de Montreuil has developed a proven method that a number of associations in the Paris area have adapted.

The Vélo-École du 20ème is new on the bike class scene, offering lessons to the public since June 2016. Anne-Lise, a long time cycliste and volunteer bike riding teacher La Vélo-École de Montreuil, founded the association. For Anne-Lise, being able to ride a bike can be a source of autonomy and freedom for adults who never learned when they were younger. Her goal is to provide small group classes (there’s a maximum of six students per class) at an affordable rate so that students can learn at their own pace.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Vélo-École du 20ème or signing up for a class, send an email to anne-lise@cyclocoop.org. Sign-ups for Saturday classes must be done before Friday at noon.

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