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League of American BicyclistsGroup Riding Skills (GRS) Courses

Bike MS has partnered with the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), a national organization dedicated to cycling, cycling advocacy and cycling education, to offer our cyclists free Group Riding Skills (GRS) Courses. 

The GRS courses are designed for active participation. Courses include a classroom portion of approximately 60 minutes and an interactive cycling portion in the parking lot to practice group riding skills drills and techniques. The course DOES NOT include an actual ride. All courses are taught by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors (LCI).

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Why AttendIncentives & Giveaways | What Cyclists are Saying

 
Why Attend a GRS Course?

  • You care about the future of City to Shore and want to be a Responsible Cyclist to protect the ride's future.
  • It's Free! Bike MS is waiving the usual fee for this course to registered City to Shore cyclists.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet training/riding partners and possible teammates who live in their areas.
  • Required bike inspections are offered at most of the courses.
  • You'll become a better rider by reviewing:
    • The importance of courteous and safe cycling at City to Shore
    • Group riding etiquette
    • Laws and rules of the road
    • How to use signals and warnings properly
    • How to change positions and cross intersections safely
      NOTE:  If you took a GRS course in 2012 or 2013, click here to renew your pledge to be a Responsible Cyclist.

Incentives & Giveaways

  • Attend a Group Riding Skills course and ask questions!  Instructors will be giving out water bottles to active participants.  Thank you to our sponsoring shops.
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  • Register for a Group Riding Skills course at the Rider Expo and be entered to win the Keswick Cycle bike package.
Keswick Cycle Bike Package
  • Attend a Responsible Cyclist call and be entered to win two tickets from Philly Bike Tour Co. for a fun-filled guided ride through historic Philadelphia.
Philly Bike Tour

What Cyclists Are Saying

“Taking a GRS class is a small investment of your time which will provide you with skills to greatly enhance your overall ride experience.”
  ~Don Elsas, Safety Planning Team Lead

“The Bucks County Bike MS Group Riding Skills (GRS) Course was excellent. I am very happy that I attended. All 3 instructors were great. The power point info and the outdoor riding skills were very helpful. I feel all new riders should attend and learn the ‘rules of the road’.”
  ~2011 Cyclist

“I lead beginner hybrid rides for Bucks County Bicycle Company and consider myself pretty well versed in road riding, but felt I needed the course to learn more about larger groups. Not only did I get the info I wanted, the skills portion taught me some things I'd not had practice with before. Worth taking the time for, and a great excuse to ride and put in some miles getting there and home again. I'll be passing along a lot of what I learned in my small group rides.”
  ~2011 Cyclist

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September Course Dates & Locations

Click on the following links for course information.  See below for details on personalized team GRS courses.

September 6
COURSE REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
FOR 9/6

September 13
COURSE REGISTRATIONS CLOSED FOR 9/13

September 20
COURSE REGISTRATIONS CLOSED FOR 9/20


 Registration & cancellation information

Capacity for most courses is limited to 30 participants.

Once courses reach maximum capacity, registration for that date and location will be closed (no exceptions). Please be courteous to your fellow City to Shore cyclists and attend your registered course. If you have signed up for a course but cancel or do not show up, you are taking this spot away from another cyclist. If you need to cancel or change your course date, please notify us at least three days before your course date.

You will receive a confirmation email after registering with specifics regarding your course date and location. In addition, a reminder email will be sent out closer to your course date with instructor contact information and any course location specifics.

Inclement Weather/Course Cancellation: In the case of inclement weather, the lead instructor will email you the morning of the course by 7 a.m

Questions: Contact Lauren Trager at 1-800-445-BIKE or via email



Team Captains Spot

Thank you for taking the initiative for your team to become safer, more skilled and courteous cyclists. Each cyclist makes a difference to the reputation of the ride. GRS Courses are great for team building. Do you have 15 or more team members? Contact Lauren Trager to set up a personalized team GRS course!

If 10% of your team is Responsible Cyclists, your team will receive the Team Safety Awareness Award.

Requirements:

  • You will receive an LCI instructor to help you secure a course location and insurance if needed.
  • Guarantee a minimum of 15 participants (Participants must be registered at least two weeks prior to course) 
  • Personalized team classes will be held in July or August. September courses will not be available.
  • All participants must bring their bicycle, helmet, water bottle to the course. Gloves, sunglasses, and comfortable cycling clothes are suggested.

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September 6

Bike LineLocation: Plymouth Meeting
IMS Health
One IMS Drive, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here 
Instructor:
Ed B.
Bike Inspections Provided By: Bike Line
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

 Location: Mount LaurelPeddlers Shop
Mount Laurel Municipal Center
100 Mount Laurel Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Parking lot drills: Conducted nearby at 10000 Midlantic Drive, Mount Laurel, NJ
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor:
Paul B.
Bike Inspections Provided By: Peddler’s Shop
Restrooms: Available at 100 Mount Laurel Road only
Classroom Portion: Inside at 100 Mount Laurel Rd.
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Keswick CyclingLocation: Center City Philadelphia *NEW*
University of Pennsylvania Police Headquarters
4040 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
IMPORTANT:
All parking is metered! There is plenty of parking on the street near the police station for private vehicles – 41st St. between Market and Walnut, the 4100 block Chestnut, the 4000 block Sansom.
**When you arrive, bring your bike to the back of the UPenn Headquarters – do not leave your bike in/on your vehicle!
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Matt Venanzi
Bike Inspections Provided By: Keswick Cycle

CLASS CAPACITY: 20 PARTICIPANTS
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

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September 13

Location: Plymouth Meeting
IMS Health
One IMS Drive, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Bike LineTime: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Diana Hulboy
Bike Inspections Provided By: Bike Line
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Guys Bicycles logo (updated).pngLocation: Bucks County
Bucks County Rescue Squad (B.C.R.S.)
143 King Street
Bristol, PA 19007
Parking lot drills: Conducted at the Lower Bucks Hospital Surgical Center
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Restrooms: Available at B.C.R.S. Building
 Classroom Portion: Inside at B.C.R.S. Building
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Lloyd H.
Bike Inspections Provided By: Guy's Bikes
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Keswick CyclingLocation: Center City Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Police Headquarters
4040 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Parking lot drills: Conducted nearby in the parking garage of Fresh Grocer at 4001 Walnut Street
IMPORTANT: All parking is metered! There is plenty of parking on the street near the police station for private vehicles – 41st St. between Market and Walnut, the 4100 block Chestnut, the 4000 block Sansom.
**When you arrive, bring your bike to the back of the UPenn Headquarters – do not leave your bike in/on your vehicle!
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Steve Drayton
Bike Inspections Provided By: Keswick Cycle
CLASS CAPACITY: 20 PARTICIPANTS
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED


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September 20

Location: Kulpsville
Christ Lutheran Church
2211 Sumneytown Pk
Kulpsville, PA 19443
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Travis S.
Bike Inspections Provided By: HighRoad Cycles
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Location: Northeast Philadelphia
Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Directions: Click here
Instructor: Don E.
Bike Inspections Provided By: Bustleton Bikes
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Location: Mount Laurel
Mount Laurel Municipal Center
100 Mount Laurel Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Parking lot drills: Conducted nearby at 10000 Midlantic Drive, Mount Laurel, NJ
D&QTime: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Restrooms: Available at 100 Mount Laurel Road only
Classroom Portion: Inside at 100 Mount Laurel Rd.
Directions: Click Here
Instructor: John D.
Bike Inspections Provided By: D&Q
COURSE REGISTRATION CLOSED


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Agenda & Times | What to Bring | Course Instructors


Agenda & Times

(This schedule is tentative and subject to change)

  • 8 a.m.:  Check-In -- Please bring your completed CLINIC REGISTRATION FORM (pdf)
  • **8-10 a.m.: Bike Inspections
  • 8:15 a.m.: Introductions
  • 8:30 a.m.: Classroom Portion
    • Safe & Courteous Group Cycling
    • ABC Quick Check
    • Proper Helmet Fit
    • How to Call in a medical and non-medical emergency
  • 9:45 a.m.: Break & Bike Pick Up
  • 10 a.m.: Interactive Parking Lot Drills
  • 11:45 a.m.: Questions
  • 12 noon: Course Completed -- complete and return the feedback form to your instructor


Course Materials & What to Bring


Course instructors - meet the LCIs

LCI teamAn 'LCI' is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. All instructors are fellow City to Shore cyclists and volunteers. A reminder email will be sent out closer to your course date with instructor contact information.

John DeGood, LCI #1790
Tony Marchionne, LCI #1791
Ed Blumenthal, LCI #1793
Steve Gilbert, LCI #1796
Don Elsas, LCI #1798
Howie Edelman, LCI #2071
Paul Begley, LCI #2074
Benton Levengood, LCI #2072
Steve Stamatopoulos, LCI #2451
Diana Hulboy, LCI #2477
Matthew Venanzi, LCI #2479
Lloyd D. Humphrey, LCI #2481
Steven Burch, LCI #2482
Jerry Hankins, LCI #2484
Mary Anne Winterhof, LCI #2485
Travis Shive, LCI #2486
Stephen Drayton, LCI #2583
Phillip Cardinal, LCI # 3985
Fran Horn, LCI#629
Frank Plunkett, LCI #1794
Michael Columbus, LCI #2478

   

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Why It's Important

Group riding takes practice. The future of Bike MS: City to Shore Ride is in YOUR hands! With 7,000 cyclists on the road during City to Shore weekend, all with a variety of skill levels, it’s important to know how to ride safely and courteously in a massive group. The dangerous actions of a few can jeopardize the future of this ride for all. Bike MS provides the necessary tools to educate all City to Shore cyclists on proper riding etiquette but it’s up to YOU to become a Responsible Cyclist.

Safety starts with you. A group mentality is not always safe.

Your responsibility in a pack includes:

  • Stopping at all red lights and stop signs - it’s the law! Each cyclist is responsible for verifying that the intersection is clear.
  • Following police direction and all traffic signals and signs.
  • Being aware of others around you.
  • Communicating well in advance. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands.
  • Not using aerobars in a pack.
  • Being respectful of other riders. Help others when needed
  • Remembering pace lines can be dangerous. Never ride in a pace line with cyclists during Bike MS weekend. Do not ride more than two abreast.


Group Starts

Due to the number of cyclists starting at PATCO Woodcrest Station (75- & 100-mile start) Saturday morning, a staggered start has been instituted. Remember, you are starting with 7,000 other cyclists and it is important that all riders, veteran or novice, understand the courtesies involved with a ride the size of City to Shore.

Staggered Start ScheduleClick here
Staggered Start MapClick here (pdf)

Staggered Start Tips:

  • Be aware and courteous of the Bike MS staff and volunteers directing cyclists in and around the start chute
  • Only enter the start chute via the staging area (see map)
  • Stay out of the start chute at all times! (unless it is your group's turn to be released) – remember, you may just be arriving to PATCO, but your fellow Bike MS cyclists may be getting on the road.
  • Only cross the chute at designated areas (see map)
  • Pay attention to when it is your group’s turn to start – arrive to PATCO early to make sure you can leave on time
  • Listen for your group to be called over the loudspeaker
  • Only enter the staging area when your group is called
  • Be patient

 

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