Bike Education in Tempe

Since I’ve become an LCI back in March 2009, I’ve been attempting to get bike education off the ground in Tempe. It’s been almost a year in the making but I’ve finally scheduled a class. Feb 20th, 2010, 10am-3pm at The Bicycle Cellar. You can find more details here.

You may be asking yourself, I already know how to ride a bike, why do I need to take a bike education class? Good question. Until I became involved in the League of American Bicyclists education program, I too thought I knew pretty much everything I needed to know about riding, I was wrong.

I learned the cyclists’ mantra:

“Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.” -John Forester

The concept of vehicular cycling is one that I firmly believe in, if you behave as a vehicle on the roadway, most other road users will know what to expect from you as you’re riding, regardless of the vehicle you’re in or on. You’ll also be better prepared to predict, discourage and avoid unsafe behavior by motorists and even other bicyclists.

Some other things you may have never heard of:
Rock (obstacle) Dodge
Quick Stop
Quick Turn
Speed dependent road positioning
Non-sharable lanes
Diverge, merge, separation & union roadways
In what case is it actually better to stop when being chased by a dog?
etc, etc.

I would encourage anyone riding in and around Tempe to consider attending the class, I guarantee you’ll learn something.