Classes on bicycle safety, skills and repair are in full swing in Burbank as city officials take advantage of a state grant to encourage more biking and less driving.
“We’re hoping the kids spend the summer on their bikes,” said Cory Wilkerson, a city transportation planner.
In one class that began in February, adults spend four hours on two consecutive Saturdays learning bike safety skills in a classroom before applying those lessons on city streets.
On June 2, a skills class for children as young as 6 years old will begin and run the first Saturday of every month.
All classes are free and made possible through a $100,000-state grant. Each class features two instructors and typically do not exceed 15 students.
A trailer once used as an office by city officials is now dedicated as a bike workspace that will remain open every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., Wilkerson said. It is also open on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 4 to 7 p.m. Located at 354 E. Orange Grove Blvd. in Burbank, cyclists can repair, build or maintain their bikes.