Unexpectedly, I have a lot of time to reflect on LCI Training. For photos, you'll have to visit Gail Spann's Facebook page since I'm stuck in hospital for the next few days. As far as I can tell, the hospital appears to be unrelated to bikes, and it should not keep me off a bike, but for now, I can't be in two places at once.
Anyway, I did make it through the first day of LCI training and, quite frankly, it was a breath of fresh air. Bike League LCI trainig, for those not familiar with it, is instructor training. It is not intended to teach the student how to ride safely on the road in traffic. You should have learned that. They'll keep an eye on you to make sure you don't pass bad habits to future students.
Similarly, it is not intended to teach you to fix a flat. They want to know you can teach someone how to change a flat. What might be most refreshing of all is that it was all simply about teaching the love of cycling without getting off on the sidetrack of helmets or bike lanes or all the other stuff advocates like to argue about. We even learned how to keep a class on track if an advocate tried to hijack things from the learning objectives. Simply put, this is a spot where Bike Ed was to be kept in the spotlight. It actually reduced my discomfort about the Bike League. At least one element really is working. It's about teaching safe operation.
Besides being impressed with the instruction focus, I was impressed with the students. These guys (and gal) were serious about the subject and they all appeared more than equal to the needed skillset needed to teach someone how to operate their bike safely. It seemed to be a mix of commuters and club cyclists that have moved well beyond the casual club cyclist stereotype. I think Andy and Chandra would both feel at home there.
I wish I could be with them to finish. In the words of one of "the Governator's" character: "I'll be back!"
PS: I find it intriguing that ALL of the instructors there last night were women. Had we men not been in the majority of students, I might have wondered if it is women that mostly care about safe riding. Certainly it flies in the face of the notion that it is the men that are most serious about cycling. Speaking of which, the topic of biking in heels did come up briefly, but it was not a major learning objective.
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