Keri Caffrey’s Cycling Savvy class puts a fresh spin on cyclist education.
Cycling isn’t rocket science, but I’m a big believer in cycling education classes such as the League of American Bicyclists road cycling classes and their numerous local spinoffs. I can mouth off forever about controlling the lane, but until you actually see it done, they’re just ephemeral words in the ether. The on-road portion of cycling classes powerfully demonstrates the utility of asserting a cyclist’s right to the road, and ’empowerment’ is a word I’ve used before to describe the change many students feel after taking these classes.
When I took the LAB Road 1 course several years ago, the presentation material was a collection of flipcharts and photocopied slides. Keri Caffrey (of Commute Orlando) — an experienced graphic designer — saw the need for updated material and created Cycling Savvy for the Florida Bicycle Association. The tagline “Empowerment For Unlimited Travel” describes the goal of this class.
John Brooking visited Orlando and describes the benefits of Cycling Savvy in his own words.
If you’ve never taken a cycling safety class, either check the LAB’s online course schedule for your state, or look at your local bike advocacy website calendar. I know that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Urban Cycling Workshops aren’t on the LAB calendar.