CyclingSavvy is a new traffic cycling curriculum from Florida Bicycle Association (FBA). It was developed by former League Cycling InstructorsKeri Caffrey and Mighk Wilson.Keri and Mighk had a critical insight: that the greatest barrier to bicycle transportation is not kowledge or skill; it is belief. They put great effort into carefully and thoughtfully constructing an experience that could change people's belief about how traffic operates, and how cyclists fit into it.
... [F]ear of cycling in traffic is the greatest hindrance to cycling and bicycle transportation... [CyclingSavvy] is built upon an understanding of the needs of adult learners and the challenges of changing behavior that is strongly rooted in our traffic culture.
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A Hadley cop is messing with me now, a charge of something like Corruption, and he is flat out fabricating words that he attributes to me. Is there a website or a group anywhere that is a watchdog on this corruption of Democracy?...
Dear Secretary LaHood:<< MORE >>
I recently read an article from Wired magazine that talked about how you recently made a declaration that you had committed your department to ensuring that travel on foot and by bicycle be treated as legitimate and valuable and that pedestrians and cyclists be given equal access to the roads. As someone who cycles as a primary mode of transportation I, as well as a cycling educator and advocate, I share these goals and values. However, my enthusiasm at reading about your declaration was constrained by my concern that you misunderstood the barriers to cycling and that your misunderstanding will lead to policies and actions that undermine the goal enabling people to do more their traveling by bicycle.
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I had hoped to talk to you in person but I supposed you have enough to deal with already so I will just send you what I have. I would like to address the pamphlet “Cyclists and Motorists: Same Roads, Same Rules, Same Responsibilities”, which came to my attention a few weeks ago. As I mentioned during our short phone conversation, I am a cycling instructor, certified by the League of American Bicyclists. The mantra of the League's cycling education program is: “Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.” I attempt to teach cyclists that they can travel with astounding safety, reliability, efficiency, flexibility, and freedom by assertively following the Rules of the Road. I believe that the idea of this pamphlet has great potential for educating both cyclists and motorists about the Rules of the Road and I congratulate you on having initiated it.
I would like to share some ideas with you that I believe can bring the pamphlet much closer achieving its full potential. I have attached my comments on the current version of the pamphlet and a sample revision of the pamphlet that implements many of my suggestions. I hope that you will consider my suggestions. I also hope that you will continue to consult me on this project. I believe that I can be helpful not only in refining the design but also in distributing the pamphlet once it reaches a sufficient level of refinement.
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A human right that concerns me deeply is the right to travel freely. I believe that you have already discussed this in some aspects. For example, I remember you discussing the severe travel restrictions imposed by Israel on Palestinians. While I feel complete sympathy for the Palestinians and complete indignation at their treatment, I think that you should also consider how the right to travel is restricted in the United States.
Eli,The story of Chip Seal that Keri refers to can be found at <http://chipsea.blogspot.com/2010/01/while-minding-my-own-business.html>
I'm contemplating a post on the effect of cultural bias on law enforcement, cyclists who have been victims of this and strategies for dealing with improper demands from officers.
Is your story published online where I can link to it?
Do you have any advice or observations from your experience to help other cyclists?
I'm also using ChipSeal's story (link attached if you haven't seen it yet)
Hi Keri. What I have written is in my Facebook note "my legal troubles". The pages of the police report that it refers to are in my Photos section. I assume you want a link to a generally accessible location so I uploaded it to the BicycleDriving discussion group's Files section. Go to <http://groups.google.com/group/bicycledriving/files> and then select "The Eli Damon Saga.txt".<< MORE >>
As for advice, I will be able to offer more advice once this thing is resolved but, for now, this is what I can offer.
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I write on behalf of Eli Damon, whose statutory right to use the public way has been questioned and threatened by your department, which has also violated his constitutional right to travel.