Promoting equality through bicycling education in the United States
Some programs are discussed in the context of a complete and comprehensive approach to bicycle safety and an overarching goal of improving equality of access to public roads. Bicycle Training in the Netherland's is a program where 12-year-old children being tested on their bicycling knowledge and proficiency. The 6-km (3.7-mile) test route in Utrecht includes separate bike paths, a counterflow on-road bike route, special traffic light controlled junctions, and roundabouts, as well as regular roads. This test is the culmination of years of school-based bicycle education, beginning when children are in kindergarten. Hundreds of 13-year-old school children participated in a comprehensive bicycling education curriculum developed and taught in Palo Alto, CA, USA middle schools by Diana Lewiston, a dedicated educator and experienced on-road bicyclist. A novel idea introduced by Lewiston was using walkie-talkies adapted to mount on each student's bicycle helmet or headband connected to a transceiver around the waist. When the group arrived at a chosen signalized intersection, Lewiston's assistant would demonstrate the maneuver by riding through the intersection first. Each student would then follow in turn while being given feedback by Lewiston via walkie-talkie. The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) was the first to offer a comprehensive bicycling education program nationwide. Its current foundational adult course, called Traffic Skills 101 of 9 hours minimum duration, covers bicycle mechanics and bicycle handling techniques and emergency maneuvers, plus on-road training. Beginning in 2010, the Florida Bicycle Association launched a program called CyclingSavvy, which is gaining recognition nationally. By way of introduction, adult students attend a 3-hour classroom session called Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling, extensively illustrated with graphics and video.
Media, Journalism, and Film
Pion, Martin, and Andrew R. Cline. "Promoting equality through bicycling education in the United States." ITE Journal 86, no. 1 (2016): 42-49.
ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers)