This course from the American Bicycling Education Association will open your eyes to the extensive collection of bikeways that exist all around you -- our network of public streets, roads and paths. You will learn effective strategies for bicycling with motorists and gain the confidence to ride anywhere you want.
Perhaps you've spent hundreds of dollars on a bicycle but it spends most of its time in your garage. You know regular cycling will improve your health, save you money if you can reduce your car use, help you feel good about not burning fossil fuels, or just help you enjoy life! But those streets are just too scary. A recent CyclingSavvy student who was a novice bicyclist said this after taking the course:
“Most of my adult life I worked in the field of exercise. I taught weight training, yoga, aerobic dance, individual exercise programs, and was the Director of Recreation at a Correctional facility. I have taken over five hundred classes and I must say this course was done so well that I feel confident biking and it also made me a better driver. I would recommend this course to anyone. I wish it was part of a school curriculum.” -- Julie Silverman, South Portland, Maine
Or maybe you’re a cyclist who’s been riding for years. You've been battling traffic regularly, and it seems that nearly every ride results in a "stupid driver" story. This course is for you, too.
“Typically I ride my road bikes between 9,000 and 12,000 miles each year and I ride them anywhere I want to go in daylight or darkness. I enrolled in the three-part CyclingSavvy course. I learned fundamentals I don’t remember thinking about . . . no wonder I wasn’t very helpful to beginners. Convictions that I held resolutely were challenged and shown to be indefensible. This course is wonderful for timid cyclists and a must for those of us who know it all.” -- Larry Gies, Orlando, Florida
The biggest secret in cycling is that many of the "common sense" things most cyclists do to be safe actually make them less safe! This is because they don't understand how most crashes happen. In CyclingSavvy we show you how those crashes happen, and how to maximize your safety with a handful of smart strategies that virtually eliminate those conflicts. None of this entails riding like Lance Armstrong, or going elbow-to-bumper with cars. It’s just a matter of being able to read traffic patterns, position yourself strategically, and communicate clearly with motorists -- all learnable skills that we’ll teach you in this course from the American Bicycling Education Association. After taking this course and its companion CyclingSavvy Mastery you will have the knowledge -- and the confidence -- to bike in traffic safely. And we daresay you will find yourself having a lot more fun!
It's not just cyclists who have seen the benefits of CyclingSavvy. The director of a regional transportation planning agency (MetroPlan Orlando), after taking the in-person course, told his board of elected officials: “Not only will this course make you a better cyclist, but a better motorist and a better policy-maker, too.”
Watch our two free previews to get a taste of what's to come in the rest of the course! These two free lessons cover the bicyclist's roadway position law, and the types of crash conflicts common to sidewalk cycling. We hope they'll give you a sense of just how much detail we cover.
About The Instructors
Since 2008, your instructors Keri Caffrey and Mighk Wilson have developed strategies for cyclists that reduce conflicts with motorists, and techniques for teaching critical bike-handling skills in a non-intimidating manner. Their course gives adult and teen bicyclists of all levels new ways of looking at their place in the traffic system, and the confidence to travel wherever they wish by bike. They’ve taught their course to hundreds of cyclists in person with enthusiastic responses, constantly improving it with student feedback, and now they are bringing these strategies and techniques to an online course.
So how will you become a savvy cyclist?
The first section of CyclingSavvy starts out with the story of how our traffic system came to be and why it works so well; the rules of movement which are the foundation for our traffic laws, and the specific laws that apply to cyclists. This is really “getting back to the fundamentals.” Many students have told us this material not only made them better bicyclists, but better motorists, too.
In the second section you’ll learn about the most common types of cyclist crashes (they’re probably not what you think!) and the defensive bicycle driving strategies that will virtually eliminate them. We’ll also show you the best equipment to use to keep you upright and visible.
The techniques in CyclingSavvy provide the foundation for the next course, CyclingSavvy Mastery, where we’ll show you strategies for making cycling much more enjoyable as well. We’ll show you how to “hack” the traffic system (in completely legal and safe ways) so you make things not only easier for yourself, but easier for the motorists around you, too. You’ll learn how to find and navigate good routes to your destinations using paths, quiet local streets, and major roads either with or without bikeways.
Section One: Our Traffic System, the Rules of Movement, and Traffic Laws
Elegant Simplicity: Our North American Traffic System, and Why It Works So Well
A Brief History Before Cars: How Our Traffic System Came to Be
The Rules of Movement: Nine Simple Rules for Predictability and Priority
Bicyclists Are Drivers: Same Rights, Same Roads, Same Rules
Position on the Roadway: One of the Most Misunderstood Traffic Statutes Ever Written (free sample)
Mandatory Facility Use: Not For Our Benefit
When Bicyclists Are Not Drivers: Rules and Risks for Cycling on Sidewalks
Section Two: Defensive Bicycle Driving Strategies
The Perception of Danger: What If Bicycling Is Actually Safe?
Common Crash Types: How We Get Into Trouble
Crashes With Cars: Reducing Your Risk
Crashes With Cars: Sidewalks and Paths (free sample)
Defensive Driving on the Road: Discouraging Motorist Mistakes
High Risk Situations: High Risk Is Not Inevitable
Dusk, Darkness & Weather: Seeing and Being Seen
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Keri is a technical illustrator and graphic designer with 20 years of urban cycling experience and a passion for teaching.
Through two decades of bicycling in urban Orlando, she experienced the expansion of suburbia with wide, fast roads, the addition of bicycle-specific infrastructure, an increase in traffic and a decrease in civility. Through an examination of her own close calls and conflicts, and observation of the behavior of both cyclists and motorists, she became convinced that the greatest challenge facing the promotion of urban cycling is lack of education, coupled with the destructive belief system Americans have developed about our roads.
To answer this challenge, Keri applied her background in curriculum design, technical illustration and animation to the development of the CyclingSavvy course. CyclingSavvy teaches vital behaviors that empower bicyclists to travel anywhere safely, easily and without fear.
Mighk (pronounced Mike) is a co-founder of the CyclingSavvy program and the American Bicycling Education Association. He has been cycling in traffic routinely ever since he was a kid. He has worked as a bicycle and pedestrian transportation planner for MetroPlan Orlando, a regional transportation planning agency, since 1993. During his years as a bicycle planner, he has done extensive study of the causes of bicyclist crashes, and developed a number of local programs to educate cyclists, as well as non-cyclists, about the safest ways for cyclists and motorists to operate together.