for LAB Regional
|This page was first posted as part of my 2003 campaign for New York-New
England Regional Director of the League of American Bicyclists. I am keeping the campaign
pages online, with brief additional comments (here, inside the box), for the information
of League members..
The management of the Bike-Ed program was the main concern that led me to run for office, and one of my main campaign issues.
I am pleased to note that significant improvements occurred in the Bike-Ed program, even before the new Directors take office in October, 2003. In particular, the hiring of a new Education Director, Sami Founier, and assistant, Fred Meredith, bode well for the program. An online database of League Cycling Instructors has been created -- a useful resource. I like to think that my campaign and those of Fred Oswald and Amanda Jones, also League Cycling Instructors, played a part in this improvement.
There are still major improvements to be made in the program, and I pledge to work hard for them during my tenure as a Director.
I have a major personal investment in the Bike-Ed program. I have been a certified instructor for 20 years, and I have devoted a major part of my professional career to bicycling education.
At this time, I am concerned about the status of the League's Bike-Ed program and of support for League Cycling Instructors.
What am I concerned about?
I see problems in four areas:
League Cycling Instructor John Schubert, a Regional Director (through mid-2001) who was on the Education Committee, has outlined some of the management issues which have led to problems with the Bike-Ed program. To summarize his statements:
I support modularizing the program
A common criticism of long-time instructors is that we oppose progress in making the program easier to promote and to teach. Let me then make it very clear that I support such efforts.
In fact, already in the early 1980s, I was modularizing my own classes and shortening courses by leaving out material that could be learned elsewhere -- well before the League adopted the same approach.
I am pleased with the modularization of the program, and with the increasing number of instructors in recent years -- but I am concerned with the quality of training and support.
In my opinion, the most important Bike-Ed course material covers bicycle handling and operation in traffic. This material is unique, and uniquely valuable. Over the years, I have taught it in a number of formats:
Though I have taught in this wide variety of formats, I have never taught the original 30-hour course using John Forester's Effective Cycling as the textbook, and so I reject any suggestion that I am inflexible!
How will I work to fix the program?
As a long-time League Cycling Instructor and author of instructional materials, I will push to be appointed as a member of the Education Committee. I will raise issues of the quality of the Bike-Ed program at every opportunity. My election will send a message to the League Staff and the Board that they must take these issues seriously. Along with other Board members who are concerned about the Bike-Ed program, I will play my part in turning the situation around.
I am determined to resolve the problems. I will work for the support which LCIs and the Bike-Ed program deserve from the League, and for a Bike-Ed program deserving of members' and taxpayers' investment.
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