The twelve-class course (Bike Driving 1 to 12) consists of three four-class Modules. The curriculum combines lectures, demonstrations, practice, and supervised rides.
The ACTC Academy course is based on the principle of "Rules of the Road Cycling" which teaches to ride a bike following the same principles of driving a vehicle.
To enroll in the ACTC Bike Driving Academy, applicants must:
Yes, but while Class 1 and Class 3 (pedal-assist) electric bikes are welcomed, Class 2 electric bikes are not permitted on ACTC rides including the Academy rides. Please contact the ACTC Bike Driving Academy Registrar email@example.com if you plan on riding an E-Bike.
The Academy Registrar must receive the student enrollment application and tuition at least one week before the first class starts.
You can find the applicable tuition in the Enrollment section. In addition, all academy students must become members of ACTC.
An applicant may start in Bike Driving 4, if the applicant has a certificate from League of American Bicyclists (Traffic Skills 101, Smart Cycling) or equivalent as determined by the Academy Chancellor.
To be enrolled in Bike Driving Modules 2 & 3, all students must have graduated from the previous Module.
You can miss one class in Module 2 or Module 3, but it depends on which one you will be missing.
Module 1: Attendance of all four classes, taken in order, is required to graduate.
Modules 2 & 3: Attendance of the first class is required. You may miss one class and still graduate. Students who miss more than one class are welcome to attend the remaining class but will not graduate. Missing classes can be made up within one year (two sessions) to graduate.
Missed classes cannot be made up by “doing the ride” during the week. All students are expected to be riding during the week.
No. Modules must be completed in a specific order:
Yes. Students do not need to take a Modules immediately after completing the previous Module.
If more than a year (two sessions) has passed since attending Module 1, the student will need to attend the Mastering the Road presentation before continuing with Module 2. To enroll in Module 3 after more than one year since completing Module 2, attending the Mastering the Road presentation (BD 4) is required.
Certificates of completion are awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements of each Module.
An ACTC Academy “Graduation” Patch is awarded to students who meet the completion requirements of Module 3 AND complete the Graduation Ride (or equivalent, as determined by the Chancellor).
Students must have with them at all times:
Any exceptions require the approval of the Academy Chancellor. But no exceptions will be made for the mandatory attendance at Bike Driving 4, Mastering the Road presentation.
Please contact the Academy Registrar firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please contact the Academy Registrar email@example.com.
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