On Your Left!: The transformative power of eCargo bikes in your community’s vehicle fleet

Join the League of American Bicyclists and Saris Infrastructure to learn how commercial and public sector eCargo bikes will make your community more bike friendly and discover innovative ways to advocate for eCargo bikes in your community’s fleet. Representatives from the City of Madison and Saris Infrastructure will discuss findings, lessons learned and best practices developed from America’s first public sector eCargo bike pilot. Registration and more information.

Doing More with Bike Data

Bike data is an essential tool to develop, maintain and communicate the success of cycling projects. From automated counters to GPS traces, bikeshare data to crash statistics, data plays an increasingly pivotal role in cycling planning. Sometimes, however, collecting, managing and actually using that data can seem like a minefield.

What are the best practices for collecting data? How can bike data collection contribute to Bicycle Friendly Community certification? How can data be applied for quick-wins in my community? More information and registration. 

New League Cycling Instructors are ready to roll

LCI Seminar Participants in Athens
LCI Seminar Participants in Savannah

Georgia Bikes hosted a League Cycling Instructor Seminar Sept. 11-13 with all candidates successfully completing the rigorous training required by the League of America Bicyclists.

League Cycling Instructors are, “ambassadors for better biking through education. After earning certification through a three-day, League Coach-led seminar, LCIs teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as vehicles, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.”

The newly certified LCIs are:

  • Jason Perry (Athens)
  • Joshua Crawford (Columbus)
  • Caila Brown (Savannah)
  • Irene Ivie (Athens)
  • Liz Solomon (Athens)
  • Scott Long (Athens)
  • Patti Sistrunk (St. Simons Island)
  • Carmen Kuan (Raleigh-Durham, N.C.)

The seminar was originally scheduled to be held in Macon, but the pandemic required modification of the program’s format. Instruction was delivered by LCI Coach Jenni Laurita through videoconferencing, with candidates meeting at BikeAthens and Bike Walk Savannah for on-bike course modules facilitated by League Cycling Instructors Steven Cousins, John Bennett, and Christopher Mojock. All participants at the Athens and Savannah sites followed strict COVID protocols, including mask wearing at all times. This is only the second LCI Seminar to use the online/in-person hybrid model developed to offer LCI training during the pandemic. 

For more information on Georgia Bikes’ safety education programs, contact John Bennett. 

League Cycling Instructor Seminar

Update (June 16, 2020): The League of American Bicyclists is currently evaluating the possibility of offering LCI seminars in a virtual format. Please delay registering for the seminar until further notice. We will update as soon as we have more information.

League Cycling Instructors are ambassadors for better biking through education. After earning certification through a 3-day, League Coach-led seminar, LCIs teach Smart Cycling classes to children as well as adults. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally.

In order to register for a LCI Seminar, you must have an active individual membership to the League of American Bicyclists. Become a member or renew here. For more information and a full list of prerequisites for the seminar, please visit the Become an Instructor page.

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Bike League Advocacy and Education Awards Celebration No. 1

The League of American Bicyclists’ annual Advocacy and Education Awards are given out at the National Bike Summit each year. This year we’re going online with our celebrations of these leaders in the bicycling movement each Thursday during National Bike Month. This week we will present the Kittie Knox Award and the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

Bike Month will be different this year, but we will make the most if it!

Bike Month will be different this year, but we will make the most if it!

May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. This National Bike Month will necessarily be different, with a focus on well-being and connection.

The National Bike Challenge, which coincides with Bike Month is a great way to stay connected with friends and co-workers, while encouraging each other to get out and ride individually. You can search for groups in your community or company, or even start your own. We would be honored if you also joined the Georgia Bikes! group. (You can belong to multiple groups).

Haven’t been on your bike in awhile or concerned about cycling during the coronavirus pandemic? We have assembled information on best practices for health and safety to go along with our pocket guides and other publications. Want to teach younger family members to ride safely? We’ve got you covered there, too, with resources for teaching bike safety at home. In addition, we’ve curated a full calendar of cycling webinars, education programs, and other online events.

Stay tuned for announcements on Bike Month events next week, including webinars and a virtual advocacy happy hour! Stay safe and give extra support and ❤️ to essential workers and essential riders who are most at risk right now.

Adapting Streets to COVID-19

Communities throughout the United States and the world are finding that there are too few places where people can walk, bike, and roll while maintaining safe distance from each other. As the public health need for physical space continues, communities are starting to adapt streets to provide the public spaces required for biking and walking safely.

In this webinar, the League of American Bicyclists is joined by advocates who have worked with their communities to adapt streets to provide more space for people biking and walking. We are excited to be joined by:

  •  Karen Yacos from Local Motion in Burlington, Vermont;
  • Randy LoBasso from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; and
  • Dave Campbell from the East Bay Bicycle Coalition in Oakland, California.

Join this webinar to hear their experiences and how they continue to work with their community leadership and residents to ensure safe, accessible, places for people biking and walking as their communities adapt to COVID-19.

Webinar: Bicycling is Essential – How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home Orders

This webinar is about the issue of bike shops being designated as essential businesses.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Pete Piccolo from Bicycle Colorado, who successfully amended their state’s order to say the bicycle repair is essential.
  • Galen Mook from MassBike, who is currently working to bring additional clarity to Massachusetts’s order, but has already clarified that local communities can deem bicycle repair as essential.
  • Representatives from bicycle retailer Landry’s Bicycles and Chain Reaction Bicycles, who have been working to stay open and provide essential services to those who use bicycles as transportation.
  • PeopleForBikes who are working with the bicycle industry on this and other issues. They have an excellent spreadsheet of state orders affecting bicycling and numerous resources on industry efforts.

League Cycling Instructor seminar scheduled for Sept. 11-13 in Macon

Update (June 16, 2020): The League of American Bicyclists is currently evaluating the possibility of offering LCI seminars in a virtual format. Please delay registering for the seminar until further notice. We will update as soon as we have more information.

Georgia Bikes, Bike Walk Macon, and the League of American Bicyclists are hosting a League Cycling Instructor Seminar in Macon, Sept. 11-13. After earning certification through this 3-day, League of American Bicyclists Coach-led seminar, instructors are credentialed to teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults.

The LCI Training Seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Smart Cycling curriculum, both in the classroom and in parking lot skills drills.  

Successful candidates will have a strong working knowledge of bikes and bike maintenance and a great deal of experience riding in high traffic scenarios. Successful candidates also have strong core values aligned with philosophies of the League, including helmet use, bicycling infrastructure, and full incorporation of the idea that all people who ride bicycles are equal cyclists, regardless of political affiliation, race, gender, age or religion, and that all students deserve respectful, polite and meaningful instruction. Completion of a Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 course is a prerequisite for attending a seminar. League of American Bicyclists membership ($25-40)  is also required for insurance purposes.

The registration fee is $350. More information on the LCI seminar format and requirements can be found on the LAB website.

Scholarships, lodging assistance available

Georgia Bikes is offering financial assistance with the seminar registration fee, along with assistance with League of American Bicyclists annual membership. In addition, Bike Walk Macon will arrange lodging with local hosts for those who request it. For more details and an application for scholarship support and/or lodging assistance, email Elliott Caldwell.

Please note, cancellation and transfer requests must be sent via email to education@bikeleague.org. The cancellation policy applies to all candidates whether the registration is being paid by an individual or by an organization. Please review the full cancellation policy (Click on “What is the cancellation policy?”)