|You’ve heard that the O.C. Wheelmen is one of the most ardent supporters of safe and legal cycling, and featured in the popular bicycling blogs “Cycling in the South Bay” and “Biking in LA“. You’ve also have heard about the recent backlash by cyclists about California’s “far to the right” law and its implications for cyclists.Please join OC Wheelmen Cycling Savvy instructor and experienced road/ultra cyclist Greg Kline on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 6:00 PM, at the Irvine Ranch Water District on Sand Canyon in Irvine, to learn the facts about your rights and responsibilities while cycling during a free presentation of the popular:
Club version of Cycling Savvy
We guarantee that you will learn something new during this engaging, fast-paced and, more importantly, informative class about safe and legal cycling!
It’s not enough to have more cyclists out on the road, all cyclists need to understand their rights and responsibilities while riding on the road!
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.
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.
Origins & Principles of CyclingSavvy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a coupon for a tune-up!
Last Sunday saw the first SoMoS, what will hopefully be a frequent, not just annual, “open-streets” event in Santa Ana. The city closed three miles of Main Street to motorized traffic from 9AM to 4PM and let people – on foot, on two wheels, on skateboards, on roller skates and even on kids’ yard toys – experience the street on a human scale and at a human pace.
If you haven’t done a ciclovia by bicycle before, you must. It is a different experience from anything you’ve done. You just can’t imagine how nice it is to be on a road, on a bicycle, without the noise and threat of cars pushing past. Three miles of road is more than it seems when you don’t have to do that obliging hurry along one feels the need to do when riding a bike among cars. When you leave, and re-merge with mainstream traffic, you might notice an interesting phenomenon: After experiencing a street on a human scale, you, on a bike, don’t feel out of place on other roads. It’s the cars that now seem out of place. Like football players at a ballet.
Oh, we (the OCBC) manned a tent and did our best to encourage more cycling. It was nice to sit and watch the myriad cyclists go by.
One thing about October in Southern California: it can be hot. Witness the not-uncommon ice fight:
As one of 83 cycling events in 43 states for diabetes, join over 250 riders as the OC Tour de Cure takes place this Saturday 9/29/12 in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The fundraiser supports nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes through the American Diabetes Association.
There are 3 road and mountain routes to choose from, or bring both bikes and ride one of each! A bike corral will hold your extra bike while you are out riding.
Choices in distance vary from 6, 20, and 50-ish miles for the road, while mountain riders may choose from 5, 10, and 25 miles.
The start line is located at the LDS parking lot at 28291 Alicia Parkway, while the finish line and and Tour Village is located at the Wood Canyon Elementary School at 23431 Knollwood in Aliso Viejo.
With online registration now closed, the OC Tour de Cure passed its goal of $60,000
and is just shy of $1,400 of its new target of $80,000.
$80,000 target broken!
You may sponsor a rider, or make a direct donation to the event from the website.
Please be aware, and respect others on the trails, paths, and roads.
For additional information please e-mail Heather Erickson, or call 714-662-7940 ext. 7518.