Smart Cycling 101

The course combines online instruction with parking lot activities with on-road practice of the principles of vehicular bicycling.    

Whether you’re returning to bicycle riding, wanting to improve fitness level or consider yourself an experienced rider the information and advice in the Smart Cycling program that will make riding easier, safer and enjoyable.

Course Length

A total of nine hours: Four hours of online instruction can be self-paced. The link is given with registration and an on-bike skills session is scheduled.  The student must print the certificate of completion to bring to their drills session.  Five hours of the course will be devoted a discussion of principles with hands on, on bike instruction.  Individuals who are unable to ride in a straight-line or are not consistently paying attention will not be allowed to ride on the roadway.

Location of the on-bike drills will vary by registrations. Please contact the instructor or visit Smoky for locations and times of hands-on, on-bike skills dates.

Bicycle in good working order with a headlight and taillight.  Helmets are required. Closed toe shoes are required.

Ages 16 and up. Minors must have a Guardian complete registration.

The instructor for this course is certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The League’s mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle friendly America. The League is a nonprofit organization.

The League of American Bicyclists Bike Ed program is the national standard in bicycling education. Learning Smart Cycling tips and techniques can help all obtain the benefits of bicycling and stay safe while you are enjoying a ride. For information on becoming a League Certified Instructor contact the League,

Pre-registration is required. Email: or call Smoky Mountain Wellness at 865-803-8887.

 SMART CYCLING Program Description

The course is designed to introduce principles of bicycling and to increase enjoyment and safety for the young bicyclist. Students will learn primary bicycle handling skills and traffic concepts that will help them avoid the most common types of crashes.

Learning objectives to demonstrate the ability to:

Correctly mount and dismount from the bicycle
Start and stop
Maintain a straight line while riding
Steer smoothly
Scan behind for traffic without wobbling
Use appropriate hand signals to indicate intentions

The course provides vehicular bicycle riding skills introduction and practice. Vehicular cycling (also known as bicycle driving) is the practice of riding bicycles on roads in a manner that is in accordance with the principles for driving in traffic. The process combines parking lot activities with on-road practice of vehicular bicycling.

About the program.

The League of American Bicyclist Smart Cycling Education Program is the national standard for bicycling education. The League of American Cyclist leads a national effort to improve safety for non-motorized transportation. Their efforts are at the national, state and local levels. Through education programs offered at the community level for all ages. At community level this begins with bicycle-safety education being a routine part of the public education. The standardized curriculum from youth the learning safe traffic skills for commuting the Smart Cycling Course. Individuals who obtain League of Cycling Instructor (LCI) demonstrate the knowledge for safe cycling programming. Smart Cycling Course is a pre-requisite for the League Cycling Instructor Class.

 Pre-registration is required for all courses. Email: or call Smoky Mountain Wellness at 865-803-8887.