Bike Education Has Successful 2006by , VP Educaiton
What a year it was for bicycle education in Louisville. In an effort to attract more new cyclists to the summer New Rider Classes and support the city’s efforts to become a League of American Bicyclists “Bike Friendly Community,” the Education Committee modified its 2006 activities.
In March, our classes concentrated on bicycle and rider maintenance and were geared toward the experienced cyclist. These classes included presentations on training, nutrition and basic bike maintenance. We also offered the LAB Road 1 class. The Road 1 class was also a success, with approximately fifteen people completing it. Thanks to Barry Zalph, League Cycling Instructor, for conducting the Road 1 course and to Joe Ward for assisting.
Our summer classes experienced the biggest change. In an effort to reach more new cyclists from around Louisville, the committee decided to offer two eight-week sessions instead of the traditional summer-long sixteen-week course. These sessions were offered in two different locations – Baptist East Wellness Center and the Waterfront Park. The first session ran during May and June at Baptist East and the second session from July to August at the Waterfront Park. Both sessions were very successful, with well over 200 cyclists attending. The Waterfront Park location had over 100 cyclists for a few sessions and averaged around 75 riders each week. This was the largest group we have had and initially presented a few problems. Fortunately we were able to work them out and the classes were a success. The committee plans on meeting over the winter to work on an even better program for next year.
In an effort to recognize those who participated in the new rider classes, Certificates of Completion were given out to those who attended at least six of the eight weekly sessions. Fifty-six Certificates of Completion were awarded as part of the Mayor’s Ride festivities on Labor Day. Many new riders had set a goal of receiving a certificate and committed themselves to attending the classes and becoming better riders. Special thanks to all the volunteers who committed themselves to teaching sessions, mentoring new riders and being ride captains for the training rides. Their commitment made this program successful.
In July, the League of American Bicyclists held a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification course in Louisville. This course was put together by Bicycling For Louisville and taught by a certified trainer from the LAB. The LCI course is an intensive three-day course designed to train bicycle educators to be effective cyclists and teachers. Four club members successfully completed the course and have been added to the nationwide registry of LAB instructors. Congratulations to AB Sandefur, Steve Anderson, Scott Whitehair, and Steven Sarson for successfully completing the course. Glenn Todd has also renewed his status as an LCI with the LAB. We now have seven League Cycling Instructors as members of the Louisville Bicycle Club. Joe Ward and Barry Zalph are the other two. These seven people are available to teach bike education and are actively doing so in the community.
I would like to take an opportunity to again thank all those who made bike education a success in 2006 and to congratulate those who completed the LCI course. I would also like to thank the city of Louisville and the Bicycle Task Force for their work in making Louisville a Bronze recipient of the League of American Bicyclists “Bike Friendly Community” designation and for their support of the Louisville Bicycle Club’s bike education program. Working together will result in better, safer bicycling for all bicyclists in and around Louisville.
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