Thursday, February 12, 2009

Traffic Skills 101

Tammie Dodge over at Activate Omaha sent us the following information today.

Hello all!

Activate Omaha will be hosting a League of American Bicyclists Road I Course on April 4, 2009 from 8-5pm. This course is taught by a League Certified Instructor and there is a ride component to the class. The cost is $20 per person and spots are limited.

More details about the course description can be found here.

If you are interested in registering for the course, email Tammie Dodge.


Lasciel said...

You're kidding me right? $20, for something you can learn for free from the bike shop?

My suggestion is take the $20 and give it to the parks and recs dept. or whomever to do work on the trails and paths, or to build better bike lanes.

These classes are just a waste of good money.

GetActive said...

It may be true that you can get the same skills and information for free at the local bike shops...but this class does have a goal!!!
We are working to get more folks certified locally as LCI's (League certified instructors) so they can teach skills to others.
The Road I course is the first step in this process. It is provided through the LAB and the $20 cost is only to cover materials. The goals and mission of both Activate Omaha and the LAB are to improve bicycling conditions and make our community a more walkable, bikeable place to live.
Participants that have signed up in the past have wanted to improve and/or gain more skills, more confidence, and more knowledge on commuter cycling.
Some of these participants have gone on to complete the LCI training and are now certified and insured to teach classes both to adults and children.
If we are going to try and improve cycling conditions for commuters...don't we also want to educate riders on how to use the streets properly and safely?
This class may not be for all...but it is open to those who want to grow and/or share their passion for cycling (recreational/commuting) with others. In completing the whole cycle and becoming an LCI, participants will be able to share and teach and be covered by the LAB's insurance.

dale said...

Your safe commuting will be better served by spending $20 on this class, or on a book such as "The Art of Cycling", or both, than $20 towards bike lanes.

There are two competing philosophies for cycling commuters: Bicyclists using the road as a vehicle, or Separating motor vehicles and bicycles.

Our infrastructure will always require that we be skilled at commuting by road for at least a portion of our commute.

Proper road useage and route selection are key to safer and more enjoyable commuting, imo.

Stuart said...

I'm signed up! Hopefully I'll get the dl on red lights that don't change! And when to bike in the left lane.

EB said...

It's for the Kids!

Leave Your Ego at Home Lasciel!

Scott Redd said...


The Nebraska DMV driver's license manual, page 54, states:

"Bicyclists are not restricted to the right lane of traffic. A bicyclist may need to change
lanes to make left turns or to continue through an intersection. They follow the same
path any other vehicle would take traveling in the same direction."

And more precisely, the Nebraska Code, Section 60-6,317, states:

"Any person who operates a bicycle upon a roadway with a posted speed limit of thirty-five miles per hour or less on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement and which has two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near to the left-hand curb or left-hand edge of the roadway as practicable."

My take on this is that on one-way streets having more than one lane, you may ride on the left. This is necessary to make left turns, but I wouldn't hang out in the left lane when there's no turn coming up. Motorists simply don't expect you there, and may incorrectly assume that you are in the wrong.

Stuart said...