CyclingSavvy class in Orange April 24th and 25th

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OCBC is proud to announce our first CyclingSavvy course of 2015 on April 24th and 25th in Orange.

CyclingSavvy is a program of American Bicycling Education Association, Inc. (ABEA). The course teaches the principles of Mindful Bicycling:

  • empowerment to act as confident, equal road users;
  • strategies for safe, stress-free integrated cycling;
  • tools to read and problem-solve any traffic situation or road configuration.

The course is offered in three 3-hour components: a bike-handling session, a classroom session and an on-road tour. The classroom and bike-handling sessions may be taken individually, the road tour requires the other two as a pre-requisite.

Sample Lesson

The object of the course is not to turn people into road warriors. Being a confident, competent cyclist has nothing to do with speed or bravado. You don’t need either of those things to have access to the entire transportation grid.

Even most confident cyclists prefer to use quiet routes when feasible. In many cases, it is only an intimidating intersection or short stretch of busy road which hinders a cyclist’s preferred route. This course is designed to show students simple strategies to eliminate such barriers, and ride with ease and confidence in places they might never have thought possible.

The philosophy and intent of our course is best described in this quote by Aimee Mullins:

…all you really need is one person to show you the epiphany of your own power and you’re off. If you can hand somebody the key to their own power… the human spirit is so receptive… if you can do that and open a door for someone at a crucial moment… you are ‘educating’ them in the best sense. You’re teaching them to open doors for themselves. In fact, the exact meaning of the word “educate’ comes from the root word ‘educe.’ It means to bring forth what is within. To bring out potential.

The 3 Part Course
Our course is designed to be taken as individual sessions or as a complete course. Train Your Bike (bike handling) and Truth & Techniques (classroom session) can be taken individually in any order. To sign up for a Tour of Orange, you must have taken or be signed to take the other two classes prior to the tour class. Individual sessions are $30 per session. A package of three sessions (the full course) is $75. A package may be used to take the sessions at any time.

Train Your Bike! (3 hours):

This session is conducted in a parking lot. It consists of a set of progressive drills designed to increase students’ control and comfort handling their bikes in various situations. Drills include:

  • Start/Stop, Power Pedal & Balance Stop
  • Snail Race, Slow-speed Balance
  • Drag-race, Gears & Acceleration
  • Ride Straight, One-handed
  • Shoulder Check
  • Object-avoidance Handling, Weave, Snap
  • Turning: Slow-speed Tight Turns, High-speed cornering, Emergency Snap-turn
  • Emergency Braking

The Truth & Techniques of Traffic Cycling (3 hours):

Through guided discussion with video and animation, this session familiarizes students with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics and problem-solving strategies. Students discover that bicycle drivers are equal road users, with the right and ability to control their space.

Tour of Orange* (3.5 hours):

This session is an experiential tour of the roads in the city of Orange. The course includes some of the most intimidating road features (intersections, interchanges, merges, etc.) a cyclist might find in his/her travels. The students travel as a group, stopping to survey and discuss each exercise location. After observing the feature, discussing the traffic dynamics and the best strategy for safe and easy passage, the students ride through individually and regroup at a nearby location.

* The Tour session is only available with the full course. The other two sessions may be taken á la carte, in any order.

More information
Origins & Principles of CyclingSavvy

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Update!

To ensure that your bike is in perfect operating condition for the class, Jax  will extend a 50% discount on the labor charge for a “basic service” at any Jax Bicycle Center for anyone who signs up for a Cycling Savvy or TS 101 class. The basic service is $69.99. Jax will  provide a coupon to anyone who signs up for one of the classes for 50% off on the labor charge ($35.00). Any parts that are needed for the service will be at the regular price.

Email lci@ocwheelmen.org if you would like a coupon for a tune-up!

Motorist Charged in John Colvin’s Death

John Greg Colvin was killed last June while bicycling on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach when he was stuck by a Prius that swerved into him. The driver of that Prius, Dylan Rand-Luby, age 19 at the time of the collision, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run by the Orange County District Attorney today. Dylan fled the scene, continuing to drive north on Coast Highway, reportedly with his head out the window because he couldn’t see through the cracked windshield.Two witnesses detained him further up the road.

The Orange County Bicycle Coalition held a memorial ride last July for John Colvin and Debra Deem, a cyclist killed on Newport Coast Drive. Many cyclists attended to honor their memories and bring attention to the issues of cycling safety and collisions which are often caused by distracted or under the influence motorists.

 http://ktla.com/2015/02/05/20-year-old-newport-beach-man-charged-in-hit-and-run-crash-that-killed-cyclist-55/

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/laguna-650292-year-old.html

http://www.coastlinepilot.com/news/tn-cpt-me-0206-cyclist-fatality-charges-20150205,0,7050197.story

 

Sommer Gonzales Pre-Trial Hearing Report

In the case against Sommer Gonzales in the death of cyclist Joey Robinson on Santiago Canyon Road last February, there was a pre-trial hearing on January 21st to determine if there was enough evidence to send the proceedings to a jury trial.

Both sides presented evidence, examined and cross examined the CHP motor Law Enforcement Officer, and made a final statement.

The judge determined that there was enough evidence to move the process towards a jury trial with the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run, plus four other lesser charges.

The defendant is in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The next court date set is February 3, 2015.

Those attending in support of the victim, and perhaps to make victim’s statements were Joey’s family, the victim’s advocate, and representatives from MADD, and Jax Bicycle Centers, Joey’s employer. Victim’s statements were postponed to a future date.

Collision Avoidance Systems

Car manufacturers are adding collision avoidance systems such as blind spot warnings and assistance to stay in the lane. Here is one that interacts with a cyclist’s helmet and the Strava app, and it warns both motorist and cyclist.

Do you think that collision avoidance technology can improve safety for cyclists?

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040410/this-smart-bike-helmet-warns-cars-when-youre-coming