Opportunity: Become a League Cycling Instructor in Virginia! – Applications Closed

Applications Now Closed

What is something that all bicyclists have in common?

Someone had to teach us how to ride. 

Whether it was a parent teaching you in a driveway, a sibling taking you to the park down the street, or a League Cycling Instructor helping you cross something off of your bucket list, someone took the time and patience to help you learn something new. 

League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are trained by the League of American Bicyclists to teach bicycle education and safety skills and promote happier, more confident cycling within their communities. They are exemplary bicyclists who are passionate about what they do and eager to share theIr love of bicycling with others. 

Does that sound like you? Check out this FREE training opportunity (a $500 value) and start making a difference in your community. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

WABA is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and Alexandria BPAC to host the 2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training. The goal of this program is to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and reduce crashes throughout Northern Virginia by training Instructors who will be leaders in their communities. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

Pedestrian Safety Training*March 18th & 25th,
7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Gain pedestrian safety knowledge and skills by completing this four-hour class over two evenings
Smart Cycling*March 7th, 2020
10:00am – 4:00 pm 
Participants will learn the importance of bike safety and traffic knowledge while performing advanced bike handling skills and hazard avoidance maneuvers. The course includes an on-street group ride, where participants will learn the ins and outs of lane positioning, defensive cycling and how to communicate with motorists. 
LCI SeminarApril 3rd, 2020
5:00pm – 9:00pm

April 4th, 2020,
8:00am – 9:00pm

April 5th, 2020
8:00am – 3:00pm 
The LCI Seminar teaches candidates comprehensive bicycle safety curriculum, including bicycle handling skills, traffic law, riding in inclement weather how to safely plan and lead group rides, group facilitation and management, etc. 

* prerequisite for LCI Seminar

Who can apply? 

This training is open to Northern Virginia local government, state, regional staff, police, faculty/teachers and residents active in their communities and committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. Recreational and/or commuter bicyclists are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have experience riding in traffic, on trails and are comfortable riding in various weather conditions. 

Registration deadline – January 29th, 2020 

Key Requirements

  1. Participants must attend all applicable training dates and complete approximately 50 hours of work, both outside and within the training activities. Training will take place in a classroom setting, outdoors and on city streets and trails. 
  2. Must have a local government or lead organization mentor that will help you identify outreach events that support bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts in the region (i.e. WABA, Alexandria BPAC, FABB, BikeArlington).
  3. The ability to ride a bicycle confidently. 
  4. Participants must commit to doing two community pedestrian and bicycling safety outreach events by September 15th and January 20th and report back to NVRC. 

Only interested in the pedestrian training or Smart Cycling? 

There are limited spaces available. If you are a safety advocate or work in training, education or local state government, please contact Debbie Spiliotopoulos at dspilio@novaregion.org

Are you an LCI willing to help out? Apply to be a mentor! 

Mentors assist new LCIs in completing their outreach requirements and reporting back to NVRC. 

Mentors are: 

  • Affiliated with a program or organization that supports pedestrian/bicycle  safety or outreach to vulnerable road users/bicyclists/pedestrians operating in Virginia
  • Connected with outreach efforts in high crash areas and directly work on events with needs for LCIs
  • Committed to helping LCI reach outreach requirements
  • Committed to communicating outreach efforts and outcomes to NVRC for grant reporting for 2020 and into future grant years
  • Can provide a list of potential events or activities for new candidates to work on 

Project Partners

Thank you to all the key partners in this project, including the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the League of American Bicyclists, Alexandria Bicyclist Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB), Inova Hospital, the City of Manassas, City of Fairfax, Prince William County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudon County and the City of Alexandria.

Questions? 

Project Information and Eligibility – Debbie Spiliotopoulos, NVRC – dspilio@novaregion.org 

Registration and Class Information – Sydney Sotelo, WABA – sydney.sotelo@waba.org


Make a difference in your community – teach bicycle education

Are you looking to make a positive impact in your community? Do you ride your bicycle and think, “I’d like to see more people riding their bicycles safely and happily.” Do you have spare time on Saturdays and Sundays that could be better spent making bicycling better in the region? Then, you should consider applying to become a WABA instructor! In 2016, WABA taught 483 adults how to ride a bicycle for the very first time and 311 adults how to ride more comfortably and confidently throughout the region. None of this could have been accomplished without the help of our amazing team of League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). WABA is growing our instructor team and looking for people to teach with WABA to get more cyclists on the road in our region. WABA is hosting a LCI seminar in November. This seminar will be an intensive, fun and engaging course taught by experts and it will be free! Click here to learn more and apply. Recently, I asked one of WABA’s Lead Instructors, Liz, why she applied to become a LCI four years ago. Not only does Liz teach for WABA, she also provides one-on-one instruction to many members of her community. Liz shared some very compelling reasons to to become an instructor: I applied for the LCI seminar because I’ve always been enthusiastic about preaching the gospel of bike commuting, but now I could be paid to do so! Seriously, it seemed like a brilliant way to make some extra money doing something I was doing anyway. But once I started going through the process, I discovered that becoming an LCI is so much more. The LCI seminar is, hands down, the hardest I’ve ever worked to get through a training program but is also the single most valuable professional development course I’ve ever attended. The things I learned there helped me communicate not only to bicyclists but also helped me communicate better and get more done in my day job. Knowing about how people learn and how to cater to more than one learning style makes every communication more powerful. I keep teaching because it is joyful to see someone master a new handling skill or pedal away for the very first time. The WABA classes are a blast, but I also give private lessons and help friends improve their bicycling. I’ve found that many of my private clients are women who didn’t grow up in the U.S. who now want to learn to ride bikes to keep up with their children or get back into shape now that their kids are more independent. As a new mom, I can relate to this line of thinking now!! I especially love the students who are nervous or scared or think they are too old to learn. How brave it is to try new things as we age! I admire every single person who reaches out to me or shows up at an Adult Learn to Ride class and takes a big step out of their comfort zone. They remind me to keep trying new things, and they are SO GRATEFUL for the few short hours of time I devote to them. And, somehow, I’m paid very well for this time that I’m lucky to spend with them. It’s a dream job. If you’re interested in teaching for WABA or know someone who would be a great asset to our instructor pool, join us in bicycling better in the region.