Wheel Movement of the CSRA reaches milestone with safety training

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 11:04 AM
Last updated 9:11 PM
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Cycling safety classes will be taught in Augusta after five cyclists become certified instructors this weekend.

The three-day intensive training from the League of American Bicyclists teaches basic traffic skills, bicycle commuting and group riding skills. The emphasis is not so much on teaching these experienced cyclists how to navigate the road, but on providing them with the training they need to pass these skills on to the community, said Christian Lentz, the vice president of Wheel Movement of the CSRA.

“Once they’ve completed training, they’ll have access to a bunch of LAB curriculum, so they won’t be starting from scratch,” Lentz said.

In exchange for the nationally recognized training – paid for through a grant from Georgia Bikes! – the instructors are expected to hold at least two classes before their certification expires in a year. Some of the possibilities include holding practical riding classes for children or teaching motorists how to drive around cyclists.

This training – Friday through Sunday – represents a milestone for Wheel Movement.

“We’ve talked about doing it for a year. Now we’ll have the capacity to do it. We hope this will really kick-start our efforts to build amity between cyclists and motorists as we enter 2013,” Lentz said.

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woodyga1
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woodyga1 11/07/12 - 04:40 pm
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Education is needed. Perhaps

Education is needed. Perhaps someone's life will be saved through these efforts. However, all should be educated that it is simply NOT a smart idea to walk or ride one's bike on a busy road. A vehicle weighs thousands of pounds and moves much faster than a bicyclist. If hit, the bicyclist will lose everytime. One cannot prevent a vehicle from drifting over (even a slight nudge can cause great injury to someone walking or bicycling).

So why endanger yourselves? Why take the chance? I'm sorry - I teach my children to NOT ride their bikes on the road. We go to designated areas instead (the North Augusta Greeneway for example is SAFE, nearby, and a SMART way to ride one's bike). Folks, it is not about the principle any longer. Yes - bicyclists have the right to ride their bikes on the road. However, it no longer makes sense to do so.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/07/12 - 08:19 pm
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Actually, it is probably

Actually, it is probably statistically safer today that it was 5 years ago just due to the sheer numbers of cyclists on the road. Motorists are more aware due to sheer numbers of encounters. Is it SAFE? No, just less dangerous than times past.

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mosovich 11/07/12 - 10:02 pm
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Greenway is great but..

it's not designed for large groups of cyclist to ride on or is it acceptable as it's a multi use trail for walkers and runners.. Another issue is try riding 50 + miles on the Greenway.. Not to much fun..

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