Over the next three days we are going to be talking about League Certified Instructor’s! This is part one of our series, be sure to check back on Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about the people who teach us how to ride safely.
Just as the Twin Cities has an ever-growing population of cyclists and trails, we can also boast a growing number of certified cycling Instructors.
Wait. Cycling Instructors?
That’s right – League Certified Instructors (LCI’s) are highly trained in both the techniques and presentation of the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program. In collaboration with the League of American Bicyclists, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and our LCI’s are working to increase bike ridership while emphasizing safe and predictable riding for people of all ages and backgrounds. That’s a win-win because cycling improves health, decrease pollution and street congestion, and makes the Twin Cities more enjoyable for cyclists as well as pedestrians.
Becoming an LCI demonstrates a serious commitment to bike education and mastery of the principles of safe, effective cycling. Every LCI is required to successfully complete a 9-hour Traffic Skills 101 (TS 101) course where they learn, and must be able to demonstrate proficiency, with skills such as riding in traffic, making routine repairs and adjustments to bikes and executing important crash avoidance techniques. Once TS 101 is completed, LCI candidates must complete an intensive 24-hour LCI course that stresses not only the Smart Cycling subject matter but also provides the necessary tools and skills to teach others in a safe setting. Only after completion of this training, and gaining experience by assisting other LCI’s with training, can an LCI Candidate become a full LCI.
LCI’s provide all kinds of cycling instruction courses, ranging from teaching young children how to be safe and have fun on the sidewalks to advanced traffic and training skills for highly experienced riders. LCI’s have a great deal of flexibility in customizing training, and are able to apply Smart Cycling principles for specific or targeted workshops, brown-bag seminars and short courses on a wide range of topics, such as cycling for transportation, riding in traffic or riding in difficult conditions.
If you are interested in finding out more about LCI’s and bike education in the Twin Cities, or would like to explore having an LCI train a group, check out the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s education resources on-line.