In the center of the lane, all passes are safe. At the edge, about half of the passes are unsafe, because the motorist comes too close to me, too close to oncoming traffic, or both.
About Eli Damon
I was born in 1977. I am principally a math teacher and have been teaching since the age of 17. I have a B.E. in computer engineering from SUNY Stony Brook (2000) and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Umass Amherst (2008). In the Society for Creative Anachronism, I am Lord Eli of Bergental, member of The Order of the Fountain.
I first learned to ride a bike, in the common sense, at age 7. Due to a visual disability I cannot acquire a driver's license. I once thought of this limitation as a severe one. I made some trips by foot, bike, and bus, and relied on friends and family members with cars to give me rides for some other trips. For the most part, however, the difficulty I had in traveling prevented me from living what most people would consider a full life.
I learned to DRIVE a bike at age 27, and it radically transformed my life. Suddenly, I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, in a reliable, flexible, carefree manner. It felt as if I was no longer disabled.
Now I travel almost entirely by bicycle. I have found that good cycling habits provide me with more freedom and flexibility than I could ever achieve through driving a motor vehicle. I have cycled in ten states and the District of Columbia, on a wide variety of roads under a wide variety of conditions. I have made trips of up to 200 miles.
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The flyer is also availabe in PDF format at http://eli-damon.info/cyclingsavvy/flyer.pdf .
Yesterday, I met with supporters from the CHNA#4 (the group that funded the trip to Portland, ME last June). The purpose was generate ideas for how to proceed with CyclingSavvy Pioneer Valley. I got some good leads on more possible supporters. We scheduled a new meeting in three weeks. We shot this photo at the […]
Crossing the Memorial Bridge from West Springfield to Springfield can be intimidating for a cyclist who is not accustomed to riding assertively and can be confusing for a cyclist who is not familiar with the neighborhood. However, with the proper skills, it is easy and nothing to be afraid of. However, there are two tricky elements that you should know about.
Many cyclists, even highly experienced and conscientious ones, wait till the last minute before moving left in preparation for making a left turn. However, by making the move early, and by choosing the best point at which to make it, a cyclist can avoid unnecessary negotiations with other drivers, thus making their travels faster and easier.
My very first time teaching CyclingSavvy was a class in Portland, Maine, hosted by John Brooking, in June of this year. As part of my effort, I applied for and received a grant to bring four students from the greater Springfield area with me to take the class, along with videographer Jessica Tanner to document. […]
On Friday, 09/07/2012, I took a trip to North Adams, MA to meet up with Chuck Marohn. I had corresponded with Chuck online for a while, but had not met him in person before. While there, I had the honor of being interviewed by him for the Strong Towns podcast.
Well, it is now official. The Pioneer Valley (western Massachusetts) chapter of CyclingSavvy is now recognized on the CyclingSavvy blog. The chapter currently comprises one instructor (me, Eli Damon, of Easthampton) and six other CyclingSavvy graduates. So far, all graduates who live in the region were trained in Portland, Maine, by John Brooking and either […]
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