Last weekend, the BikeArlington team surrendered our Friday night, entire Saturday and Sunday for the sake of bike safety. We attended a 3 day League Cycling Instructor (LCI) seminar so we could be certified by the League of American Bicyclists (the League) to instruct others on bicycle safety.
There were 14 people who dedicated their weekend to bike safety and we all came from the Mid-Atlantic region, representing DC, VA, MD, PA and NC (debatable whether NC is Mid-Atlantic or Southern…). It’s worth mentioning that the class was exactly 50% female - this is very encouraging because as was stated in a great article about Women bikers, women are a good indicator of a healthy community, so "The more you see women riding bikes and families riding bikes, the more you can be pretty well-assured you’re in a safe, healthy, livable community."
During the 3 day seminar we conducted student led presentations, performed some bike handling and hazard avoidance drills and we tested our road riding skills!
Some memorable moments include:
- Fitting 12 bikes and bikers on an elevator
- Being interrupted in our hazard avoidance drills by a golden retriever ecstatic by all of the tennis balls on the ground
- Finally being able to accurately (if not beautifully) execute the tricky "insta-turn" or quick turn drill
- Having an intelligent conversation about biking infrastructure in suburban areas with my teammates
- The night ride - seeing everyone all geared and lit up!
- The road ride through the 18th St and Columbia Rd intersection...it is a very busy intersection
- And finally, enlightening some other members about the wonderful biking infrastucture that exists in Arlington County
So needless to say after several presentations, several drills and countless pedal revolutions we faced the LCI panel where we were granted our certificate. Well actually, we aren’t certified just yet…all students must first attend 2 safety courses with another LCI before we are awarded the venerable title and number. I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m really anxious to get my LCI number.
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BikeArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia to encourage and enable more people to go by bike more often. To stay up to date on biking in Arlington, follow BikeArlington on Twitter or visit the Washington Area Bike Forum.