Bike class offered through city

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Serious cyclists can become certified bike instructors through a two-day class organized by the city and starting this week.
For a fee, participants will get hands-on training from instructors through the League of American Bicyclists. They’ll learn safety techniques, road rules and bike maintenance, among other skills.
The first session is Saturday; a date for the second session has yet to be announced.
“We’re very excited,” said Renee Ray, senior planner for the city and main organizer.
The class is part of an ongoing city effort to boost bicycle safety and awareness while promoting bicycling as a viable method of alternative transportation.
“I’ve been a cyclist for several years and I’ve got a young son – he’s 10 – and there are a lot of cyclists … who need to brush up on what some of the rules of the road are,” said Tupelo resident Perry Whitaker, who has registered for the class.
Whitaker said the city and cyclists need to spread the word that cycling is more than just a sport.
“It’s all about raising awareness,” Whitaker said.
To register for the course or to get more information, call Ray at the Tupelo Department of Development Services at (662) 841-6510.