Bicycle Commuter Classes

Commuter Education Classes for Bike to Work Week!

Just in the last week, I’ve seen several incidents of unsafe cycling around town. Most notably, I’ve had cyclists riding against traffic straight toward me on my narrow share of the road. I’ve also seen many examples of riding the sidewalks. These riders are just trying to be safe, but in reality, they are riding unpredictably and could cause serious accidents. Thankfully, a little bicycle safety education can go a long way to keeping you safe on the road.

Can you spot the safety hazard in this photo?

Muscle Powered‘s Dan Allison will be giving two bicycle commuter classes this week. These events do not depend upon each other, you may take one or both. Come down and learn some cycling skills for next week’s Bike to Work Week (May 17th- 21st)! There is no charge, both classes are FREE.

Commuter Bike Rodeo, Thursday, May 13, 5:30–7:00PM, Curry & Third parking lot

Learn and practice skills for safe and enjoyable bike commuting. Bike and helmet required – you will be riding your bike and must sign a League of American Bicyclists educational course waiver. This class works for beginners and is a good refresher for experienced bicyclists. Limited to 10 people – sign up by emailing LCI instructor Dan Allison at allisondan52@gmail.com.

• starting/stopping
• straight line/gears
• scan drill
• scan/signal/turn
• rock dodge
• avoidance weave
• and for fun, a slow race

Commuter Class, Friday, May 14, 5:30–7:00PM, Comma Coffee courtyard

Learn about and discuss tips for making your bike commute safer and more enjoyable. Bikes not required.

• Why commute?
• Which bike?
• Helmets
• Commuting routes
• Bicycle handling skills
• Riding in traffic
• Hazards
• Clothing
• Bicycle security
• Back up plan
• ABC Quick Check
• Lights
• Encouragement

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Bicycling and Walking in Nevada

Bicycling and Walking 2010 Benchmarking ReportThe Alliance for Biking and Walking, a national advocacy organization, recently released the “Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2010 Benchmarking Report” on the status of biking and walking in all states and major cities (Las Vegas is included). Though the report is rich variety of text, charts and graphs, some relevant rankings for Nevada include:

Cycling to Work ranking = 17th (0.6%)
Walking to Work ranking = 31st (2.3%)

All Trips Cycling 0.9%
All Trips Walking 9.2%

Bicycle Safety ranking = 37
Pedestrian Safety ranking = 40

Portion of Transportation Budget to Bike/Ped ranking = 37 (0.8%)
Portion of Transportation Enhancement Funds to Bike/Ped ranking = 31 (45%)

Advocacy Capacity – no ranking because no statewide organization

overweight rate 63% and obese rate 25%, which is in the middle of the states