Tuesday, April 5, 2011

League Names 14 New League Cycling Instructors


League Names 14 League Cycling Instructors

April 5th, 2011 Tampa, Florida:  14 individuals have earned the prestigious certification of League Cycling Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists, a 125-year-old national bicycling organization.

These individuals have completed in-depth training on teaching skills for cycling in traffic, on trails and with groups of riders,” said Preston Tyree, Education Director for the League of American Bicyclists. These individuals will now be able to train all levels of riders how to confidently and effectively cycle for fun, fitness and transportation.”

LCI seminars educate participants on how to teach bicycle safety and skills to all levels of riders rather than focusing on technical bicycling knowledge. The League Cycling Instructor designation is only given after a person qualifies for, and excels in, an intense three-day education seminar. 

“League Cycling Instructors are the backbone of the League’s education program,” said Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. These Individuals have demonstrated a proficiency in teaching, a love of cycling, and a willingness to share these skills with other riders.” Experienced cyclists interested in teaching others how to ride safely are eligible to apply for the seminar. A prerequisite is completing the League’s Traffic Skills 101 course.

The Tampa seminar was conducted on April 1-3 by League Coach: Tina Russo LCI #395.  Tina is an avid cyclist and has been a League Coach since 1996.  With Tina’s guidance she was able to certify the following new candidates:

1. Rebecca Alfonso:  Oldsmar, FL - Florida Bicycle Association
2. Julie Bond: Tampa, FL – Tampa Baycycle:
3. Tim Bowen: Panama City, FL – SafeKids Emerald Coast:
4. Jeffery Cook: Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Police Department:
5. Shaun Drinkard: Tampa, FL – Tampa Downtown Partnership:
6. Bud Gaunce: Sarasota, FL – Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club:
7. Drew Hunter: Tampa, FL:
 8. Jason Jackman: Tampa, FL - Tampa Baycycle:
9. Karen Kress: Tampa, FL - Tampa Downtown Partnership:
10. Randy Myhre: Tampa, FL - Olivers Cycle Sport:
11. Terry Parris: Lynn Haven, FL - SafeKids Emerald Coast:
12. Gene Peters: Ocean Springs, MS:
13. Ellen Pierson: Tampa, FL - Police Unity Tour:
14. Jim Shirk: Tampa, FL – Tampa BayCycle:

For more information on Traffic Skills 101 and other Smart Cycling  courses www.bikeleague.org or Sharon Monahan of Penn’s Cycling School http://pennscyclingschool.blogspot.com 813-482-4364.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

Monday, April 4, 2011

USF Commuter Class April 6, 2011

Safety on the Move at USF

Where:  College of Public Health (COPH) Lobby at the University of South Florida
Date:  Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Time:  Displays in lobby/presentations:  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Bicycle Commuter Skills Course 12 noon – 1:00 pm
What:  Come to the College of Public Health and learn about Safety!  We will have interactive displays about distracted driving, child passenger safety , pedestrian safety  and bicycle safety .  Conversation, fun and prizes for all who attend.
WalkWise Presentations at 2:00; 3:00 and 4:00 in Room 2003.  The WalkWise presentation is a 15-minute safety presentation providing tips, laws and other valuable information.  Receive a reflective WalkWise bag and other goodies for attending.
Free Bicycle Commuter Safety Skills Course12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in the classroom; 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm optional road ride. Room 2003 at the College of Public Health. Learn bicycle safety skills with League Certified Instructor Sharon Monahan.  (if you choose, bring your lunch, and we will provide free  beverages for participants)  Please complete the RSVP below if you plan to attend the course.
Sponsored by the College of Public Health at USF, Tampa BayCycle, Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF, WalkWise Tampa Bay, Florida Department of Transportation D7 , St Joseph’s Childrens Hospital and Penn’s Cycling School.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

LCI Seminar in Tampa FL April 1-3!

Everyone did an awesome job! Thanks to the League of American Bicyclists, Preston and Tina for all you hard work. Theses are you new League Certified Instructors.  Thanks for letting me be part of this process!