Instructors for Individual Lessons

Below is a list of League Cycling Instructors and WABA educators who teach individual lessons.

Are you looking for group classes? Check out our Adult Education webpage!

Please read through the bios and pick the instructor(s) who you think will best suit your needs. Instructors are individual contractors that teach on their own outside of WABA. Therefore, it is up to you to negotiate all of the details of your education experience with them, including, but not limited to: the number of lessons, time, date, location, price, equipment and insurance.

Due to COVID-19, instructors will likely require that participants take additional precautions such as wearing masks, sanitizing bikes, using hand sanitizer, etc. Please speak with your instructor to discuss their COVID safety precautions before meeting in person.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process of arranging one-on-one instruction, please email education@waba.org.


Instructors based in Washington DC

Katie Bolton

Contact: katie.bolton@gmail.com

Katie is a commuter, triathlete, aspiring bike tourer and new League Cycling Instructor who is eager to help you find joy as a bicyclist. She is ready to help you work through your fears and hesitations to develop the skills needed to ride and the confidence to pursue your riding goals – whether it is a ride with your family or a ride across the country.

Students: Adults

Katie also teaches classes in Alexandria, Virginia.

Terrie Chan

Contact: eggshell94563@gmail.com

When not out on my bike I am a Smithsonian dinosaur bone duplicator volunteer/contractor.  Riding to school as a child, my love for cycling was rekindled when I moved from San Francisco to Washington DC in 2012.  Whether it’s grocery shopping, far away errands or meeting up with friends, adventure and joy best describes my love for biking!  Let me show you how to become a safe and confident rider whether you are new to biking, want to ride on bike paths, tool around your own neighborhood, or experience the exhilarating thrill of riding down Pennsylvania Avenue!

Students: I teach all ages in the DC/VA/MD metro area.  It’s a thrill for me to introduce your little one to the happiness of biking or teach your teenager, mother, father or grandparent how to ride (I’m a mom and grandparent too)! 

COVID: Since Covid I am fastidious in my personal life and I provide safe private lessons following no-contact protocols of wearing a mask, sanitizing the bike and safe distancing.  All students are required to wear a mask.

Jonathan Freeman

Contact: jonathandfreeman@yahoo.com

USA Cycling Federation Coach, Barnett’s Certified Master Technician, Technician at REI. Riding and racing over 25 years. Avid mountain biker and road cyclist. I have taught classes (maintenance and riding) for over 10 years. Cycling has been my passion my whole life.

Students: Any person wanting to learn how to ride or improve their skills

Jonathan teaches classes in the entire Washington Metro region and surrounding areas.

Dupree Heard

Contact: ascent2evolve@yahoo.com or dupreepeterheard2@gmail.com

Dupree had to teach himself how to ride a bicycle twice. He learned as a child and then again as an adult. He definitely understands how challenging it is for some to learn. He’s been a League Cycling Instructor for over 5 years. He has worked and volunteered around WABA and cycling for over a decade. He has explored over 50 countries by bicycle. He recently taught 4 year old twins and their grandmother to ride and he’d be happy to help you do the same.

Students: Willing to teach students of all ages, except infants – they’ll have to wait.

Jeff Johnson

Contact: jjohnsondc@earthlink.net

I am an LCI and daily bike commuter. No parking problems, gas bills and never stuck in traffic. I am also an older bicyclist and a father; I understand older students as well as new bike riders, kids and families. I can help you overcome common biking hang ups and plot and navigate a safe ride to work, school or to the store.

Students: All ages, but particularly interested in helping older riders learn or return to city biking

Jeff is based in DC but teaches lessons in Maryland and Northern Virginia as well.

Kristi Kiger Upman

Contact: kristi.kiger@gmail.com

Kristi discovered cycling as an adult in 2012, and became a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) in 2016. She teaches with WABA, and is also an instructor with REI, where she teaches Learn to Ride and Intro to Mountain Biking, and leads kayaking tours. She loves teaching first-time adult riders! She also has a lot of experience with children, and teaches kids 5 years and up. Once people are comfortable with basic cycling, she also works with individuals to develop bike commuting routes, and offers private beginner mountain biking clinics. When not cycling, she works full-time as a registered nurse, and has a long history mentoring youth in the DMV. 

Students: Ages 5 and up, with a special excitement for new adult riders! She also speaks Spanish. She’s willing to teach throughout the DMV region. 

COVID: Kristi requires students to wear masks during class (and will remain masked herself). 

Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton

Contact: elizabethonabike@gmail.com

Most mornings, Elizabeth climbs on her cargo bike and rides with her three daughters to school in DC. She completed her LCI training in 2014 and particularly loves working with families to help build comfort and confidence in cycling for both transportation and fun.

Students: All ages

Elizabeth also teaches classes in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.

Hamzat Sani

Contact: sani.hamzat@gmail.com

I want everyone who wants to (and even some who don’t know they want to yet) to enjoy riding a bike. I am a certified bike instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. I’ve taught everyone from 5 year olds to grandmothers and would love to learn how I can help you.

Students: I can work with any age, gender representation, cultural background or physical ability.

Hamzat teaches classes in the DC Metro Area but is able to teach outside the region as well.

Chuck Taylor

Contact: keenan417@gmail.com or 202.285.9856

Charles Keenan Taylor is a native Washingtonian. In addition to being an instructor for WABA, Chuck is a Recreation Specialist for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, an REI Outdoor School Instructor and a Personal Trainer. For many years he has been passionate about leading activities and teaching classes in and around his community to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle through fitness and outdoor recreation.

COVID: Chuck expects all participants to follow the same COVID restrictions that they would when attending WABA classes.

Chuck is based in DC but also teaches classes in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jessie Webb

Contact: jwebb79@gmail.com

Jessie grew up riding bikes and works full-time in recreation coaching chess, baseball, basketball, bike clubs, etc. He is great working with children and enjoys teaching people of all ages how to ride a bicycle. Jessie is a League Certified Instructor and loves to ride.

Students: Ages 4 and older

Jessie teaches throughout the region, in DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

Sam Wetzel

Contact: sammyiam@gmail.com or call/text at 202-550-7656

Sam has been teaching bicycling since 2016, when she completed LCI training with WABA. She loves teaching first-time adult riders, and helping people to become more confident on the road. While she has been known to ride for sport, most of her riding is for transportation or enjoyment. Sam is also a Master Gardener and loves to be outside with plants.

Students: Sam prefers first-time adult riders, but can teach any age level or experience

COVID: Sam requires students to wear masks during class. Depending on the current state of things, she may require more safety precautions.

Sam is located in Northeast, DC (Woodridge) but is willing to travel within DC to teach. She has a great teaching location nearby her house.

Instructors based in Northern Virginia

Liz Bolton

Contact: embolton151@gmail.com

Liz is an experienced bicycle commuter and triathlete who remembers how intimidating– but thrilling! — it was to get started. She’s excited to help adults of all ages find or rediscover their love of riding a bike.

Students: Adults of all ages

Liz teaches classes in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County and Washington DC.

Annmarie Dinan Hansen

Contact: annmariedinan.hansen@gmail.com

DC born and a product of Arlington County public schools, I have been biking in and around DC for most of my life. For the past seven years, I’ve had half a dozen jobs involving bikes. Most recently, I ran an outreach program for WABA for a year and half. Now, I enjoy working with homeschooled kids. Even though I know my way around a bike, I’m a casual rider, and can often be seen on my bike wearing dresses. I wish to give my students a meaningful experience in a low-pressure environment. Check out my website- https://annmariedinanhanse.wixsite.com/website

Students: Annmarie loves teaching people of every age, from grade schoolers to grandparents, and in between. She has begun teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, outside, with masks worn and appropriate distancing

Annmarie teaches lessons in Alexandria, Virginia, DC and the surrounding areas.

Jason Horowitz

Contact: jason@dccyclingsensei.com

In addition to teaching people of all ages how to ride confidently and safely, Jason is available as your guru for everyday biking. He’s a League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor and an active member of WABA who rides in all locations, seasons and (most) conditions; he’ll be happy to teach you – or a loved one – how to do the same. Check out his website DCCyclingSensei.com

Students: All ages and skill levels

Jason lives in Arlington and teaches throughout the region.

Katie Kelley

Contact: katie@squijkat.com

Cycling is a rich part of my lifestyle. I commute to work, ride for fun on the weekends and participate in triathlons. I share my love of bicycling by teaching Learn to Ride and general bike safety classes. I like to challenge my students while providing a lot of encouragement. If you have the will, I will help you find the way.

Students: I work with adults and kids ages 8 and up and I can speak Spanish.

Katie is located in Reston, VA and will travel to teach throughout Northern Virginia.

Grant Mandsager

Contact: fatherknowsbike@gmail.com

Stay at home dad to 3 kids. I have been biking around since the first was born 6 years ago. I will teach anyone, but have the most experience with family cycling (both with kids in a cargo bike and biking with my kids) and teaching kids to ride.

Students: All ages

Grant is based in Arlington, VA and is willing to travel to nearby jurisdictions to teach.

Carolyn Schroeder

Contact: peecefrog@gmail.com

Carolyn brings her love of biking and teaching to every class. Whether you want to learn to ride or gain skills and confidence to ride in this urban area, she is here to help you meet your riding goals! Carolyn mostly gets around town by bike, commuting to work and to run errands, as well as to visit with friends. Exploring places by bike and planning out a safe route is one of her favorite things to do, making the mundane much more of an adventure. In addition to being a certified League Cycling Instructor, Carolyn is involved in her local Alexandria community to promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Students: All ages

Carolyn is based in Alexandria but teaches throughout the DC region.

Bruce Wright

Contact: bikecommuter@gmail.com or restonbikeed.com

I regularly teach learn-to-ride lessons in Reston, VA. I’ve been a cycling instructor since 2009. I love to ride and have been fortunate to be able to travel mostly by bike in Northern Virginia. I am a trained bicycle mechanic and worked for many years in a local bike shop. My wife and I regularly explore the U.S. with our folding bikes. I founded Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling and am currently a board member. I’ve also served on the WABA board.

Students: All ages

Bruce is based out of Reston, VA. He prefers to teach in Reston, but is able to travel to other locations in Northern Virginia.

Instructors based in Maryland

Alison Longworth

Contact: alisonklongworth@gmail.com

As a recreation professional, Alison enjoys participating and coaching many outdoor sports; mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, snowboarding, and rock climbing. Alison gained her LCI status in 2016 and has enjoyed teaching youth and adults how to bike confidently. She is happy to help you learn to ride a bike, or gain new skills depending on your level or riding.

Students: Ages 5 and up

COVID: Alison requires students to wear masks during class. Depending on the current state of things, she may require more safety precautions.

Alison is located in the College Park area and has a great teaching location for learning in College Park/Greenbelt. Alison is also willing to travel throughout the DMV to teach.

Brenda Ruby

Contact: brendaaruby@gmail.com

Brenda has been riding a bike for the past 25 years and has biked all around the region on roads and trails primarily for the joy of riding. Brenda became a League Cycling Instructor in the Fall of 2013 and has successfully taught both children and adults who were sure they couldn’t learn. Lessons are always positive and fun.

Students: Ages 5-75!

Brenda is based in Montgomery County, MD but teaches in Northwest DC, Alexandria and Arlington, VA.

Robyn Short

Contact: heyladysimba@gmail.com

I’m a recreational rider with experience teaching children and adults. My specialties are helping kids say farewell to training wheels, and giving adult riders the confidence to get on the bike for the first time (or after a long time). My teaching style is relaxed – I’m about enjoying the outdoors, and I strongly believe riding bikes should be FUN and not frustrating!

Students: All ages; experience teaching students with disabilities

COVID: Robyn sends an email to students before the class that outlines restrictions and logistics in detail. Everyone MUST wear a mask and answer basic screening questions. No exceptions.

Robyn is located in Upper Marlboro, MD in Prince George’s County. She does not teach classes deep into winter when temperatures are at or near freezing.