May-June 1998 Newsletter
Bicycling in Kentucky Education Programby Cheryl Wyatt
In cooperation with the League of American Bicyclists and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H presents the Bicycling In Kentucky Education (B.I.K.E) Program, a course to develop a statewide network of trained and informed bicycle educators from the Extension and bicycling communities.
Course Description: Participants will have the choice of one or two days of training, depending on the needs of the individual. Friday will be an overview of bicycle educational resources. Saturday (and part of Friday) will be a cycling skip development and certification program. All participants are encouraged to take advantage of the skill development opportunity through the League of American Bicyclists’ Road 1 course taught during the two days by certified Effective Cycling (TM) Instructors. Upon completion of the nine-hour course, participants who successfully complete the written exam and road test will receive Road 1 certification. Participants should be in reasonably good health and be able to ride their bicycles no less than a total of four hours over two days. In accordance with L.A.B. regulations, all participants must wear a Snell-, ASTM-, or ANSI-approved helmet while participating in the Road 1 certification course.
Intended Audience: Adults and teens (age 16 and over) with an interest in bicycling and a willingness to teach others. This course is intended for novice and experienced cyclists wishing to take on a leadership role in cycling in Kentucky.
Schedule: Friday - session will begin at 9:30 am. Lunch provided. Friday session will end 4:30 pm, with a late afternoon pntctice ride encouraged. Supper is on your own. An optional 6:30-7:30 pm discussion of the day’s events, video review and share session. Saturday - Breakfast on your own. Session begins at 8:30 am. Lunch provided. Testing and graduation complete by 5:00 pm. Sessions will alternate between classroom work and actual on-road work with bicycles. Participants should come prepared for spring weather, including rain. Due to the testing at the end of the course, participants who leave early will not receive certification.
A complete schedule, maps to in-service sites, motel information, and list of items to bring will be mailed to those who pre-register. Participants who plan to ride should bring a bicycle suitable for city and rural roads and in good working order.
B.I.K.E Agenda: Friday: Review of state and national bicycling community, Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission, the new bike plan, development of Kentucky bicycle advocacy coalition, Kentucky Rails to Trails, ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act), brain injury information and helmet legislation, bicycle clubs and organizations, websites, rebuilding bicycles program, bicycle trips for kids, citizenship and community development, tourism recreation, rodeos. Review of printed materials and other available resources for teaching adults and children. The afternoon will be three hours of Road 1 session. Classroom presentation will include bicycles types, selection, sizing, maintenance, pre-ride safety checks, basic tools, gears, clothing, equipment, helmet selection and fit. Parking lot demonstrations with bicycles: pre-ride checks, basic handling skills, steering, scanning, hand signals. Saturday: Confidence building, traffic laws and how they apply to cyclists, roadway positioning, turns, intersections, speed and lane changing. On-Road activity: lane positioning, panic stops, rock dodge, instant turn, fixing flats. Classroom: types of bicycle accidents, falls, collisions, accident prevention, hazards (dogs, children, street conditions) shifting smoothly, nutrition basics and energy output, riding etiquette, group riding.
Things you should know: Bicycle commuting is a common alternative transportation method in many states, assisting in the financial relief for migrant workers and those leaving welfare.... Bicycling magazine reports the number of bicycle commuters grew from 3.3 million in 1990 to 7.9 million in 1997. Yet, the latest census figures for Kentucky indicate less than 1600 people in the state commute by bicycle.... Kentucky received less than $120,000 of the 1997 federal transportation enhancement Funds (ISTEA) that could have been awarded to pedestrian and bicycling community projects.... Nationally, children’s bicycles were the “stars of the show” in 1997, according to Bicycle Retailer & Indusfry News. Yet in Kentucky, the 4-H bicycle project enrollment has declined from 14,700 in 1995 to 6,000 in 1997.... In 70-80% of bike-related deaths the primary cause of death is head or brain injury. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%, but are worn by less than 15% of all children.
You can make the difference. For more information, contact:
Cheryl D. Wyatt, County Extension Agent
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