Aha! CyclingSavvy

Not too long ago I was a frustrated bicyclist.  Not a spandex-clad roadie, just a guy that likes to ride his bike.  To the park.  To the coffee shop.  To hang out with friends.  To have fun with my family.  I had been riding for years, even commuting to work, but it was getting more stressful.  I was confident in my own bike handling skills, but worried about the “other guy” on the road, you know, the one in the big SUV behind me…

“I’ll get run over if I ride on that street.”
“I’d ride more if there were bike lanes.”
“That @#$% honked at me!”

My family was worried about my safety, and frankly, so was I.  More than anything, I was angry that bicyclists were not being better accommodated in our car-centric cities.  And while I had heaps of blame to pass around, I didn’t have any real answers.

The first hints of an answer came when I stumbled upon some local bike blogs that talked about vehicular cycling.  While many of the posts and comments sometimes seemed arrogant, angry, aloof and dismissive, there was also a ring of truth to many of the points that were made.  Although I was somewhat skeptical, I tried some of the things they suggested.  Wow.  Drivers really treated me differently and everything got easier.  It was liberating.  But that was just the beginning.  I was determined to find out what else I’d been missing and get to the next big “Aha!”

I began a journey of education and advocacy.  I took the LAB’s Traffic Skills 101 class, became a League Certified Instructor and have served on the Bicycle Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas 2011 Bike Plan, but nothing excites me more than CyclingSavvy.  I say that because I know it works.  I’ve seen first-hand how it creates confident cyclists and nurtures a healthy cycling culture. This past April, I traveled to Orlando to become a CyclingSavvy Instructor so I could bring this innovative new education program to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

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About the author

I’ve been riding bikes since I could reach the pedals. These days, I’m the guy on the three-speed with the little girl on back. You might see me taking my 5-year-old to school, the park, the pool, the grocery store, or just out having fun. I ride to my office downtown when I can, which lately has been almost every day. (Yes, we do have a showers at work!) I grew up in Dallas but have also spent many years living and working in NYC and other points around the globe. I currently live in the Preston Hollow neighborhood with my wonderful wife and daughter.

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2 Comments

  • Gary Cziko

    So it looks like there are now at least two from our LCI course in January that are now CyclingSavvy instructors (you and me!). Maybe someone else, too?
    – Gary

     
  • Waco Moore

    Hi Gary, I hope so, and suspect it won’t be long. Happy to see you spreading the word and empowering folks in Illinois! I heard you had a great class in St. Louis too.