Teaching Urban Cycling Techniques: Day 2

Day’s Verse:
But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike.
Acts 26:22

Done!

I can now breathe a huge sigh of relief: After yesterday, I finished all my major weekend commitments. Maybe now I will have some time to:

  • Sleep in.
  • Bake bread.
  • Hang out with Ian.
  • Hang out with friends.
  • Clean our bedroom and bathroom.
  • Go for walks and hikes.
  • Clean my bike thoroughly.
  • Watch a movie occasionally.
  • Go somewhere to take pretty pictures.

Those are just a few of the things I look forward to doing in the time I hope to keep free in the future. Ian and I will be gaining possession of a house almost exactly 1 month from today (!!), but between now and then I intend to use my weekends to RELAX as much as possible.

Yesterday, though not overly relaxing, actually went incredibly well. I rode to Cascade that morning, met up with Ellen, found an empty parking lot, set up the Avoidance Weave course, and returned to gather the students. Then we rode to the parking lot, practicing turning left a few times along the way, and did the Avoidance Weave, the Rock Dodge, and the Quick Stop. I demonstrated (badly) the Instant Turn, and we gave people the opportunity to try it themselves — and all but one wanted to. We had to take the course down to stop them from riding through it, they were having so much fun.

After that, we had lunch and talked about crash statistics and how to choose what gear to be in on your bike in different situations. Then we finally got to the meat of the course: The road ride. We took this route:


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Nobody got killed, only one person got honked at, and we had a great learning experience at this intersection:


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I didn’t have a chance to see the student evaluations before Ian picked me up, but I came away feeling like I’d done a decent job, especially for my first-ever major class like that. I also ended up thinking that I would probably find teaching bike classes much more enjoyable than my first experience indicated.

So, in a nutshell: Pretty good experience for me; I’d probably be willing to do it again, but not any time soon. It’s still a ton of work and time, and that’s what I’m short of these days.

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