The organizers of the UT Cycling in the African American Community (CAAC) study lead participants 18 years and older through a cycling training session including orientation on how to use the City of Austin’s Cycling Map, safety training, and a guided short on-the-road cycling experience in groups of 3-5 people. The CAAC study was created by Dr. Talia McCray in the School of Architecture Community and Regional Planning Program. Leading the training is Allan Dunlop of The Center for Cycling Education, an internationally certified cycling instructor who has trained over 100 beginning cyclists. The training takes place at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church located at 3417 E. MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas 78721.
For children, the Austin Police Department has arranged games and a bike rodeo organized by Boneshaker http://boneshaker.org/. Children are welcomed. However, all CAAC trainees must be 18 years and older.
Please allow 3 hours. We ask that you arrive 10 minutes in advance of one of the following three start times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. You will be asked to complete an anonymous pre-survey before your ride and a post-survey after your ride. The majority of the time will be spent providing the participant with instruction. Total ride time is about 45 minutes. The route has been chosen by instructors to provide practice in varying environments for individuals who do not cycle or cycle a little. This is a one-time event which we hope will encourage you to ride more.
If you are interested in participating and do not have access to a bike, Bike Texas provides a bike and helmet rental free of charge to you during the CAAC session. In addition, you will be given a water bottle. If a rental is needed, we need your height. Please register on-line at http://tinyurl.com/CAACstudy or by contacting Sharon Cannon at 512-974-6262 Sharon.email@example.com.
No on-road experience required. Space is limited--join today to reserve your place.
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