Excellent Bicycling Video Updated

Keri Caffrey, of Commute Orlando and CyclingSavvy, has updated her excellent video Bicycling in Traffic is a Dance You Must Lead.

Something to note: You are NOT watching “hardened” cyclists or “road warriors” or “adrenaline junkies” who brave the dangers of traffic. Bicycling in traffic is safe (compared to a lot of other dangerous things you do everyday). Those concepts are used to sustain fear. You are watching people driving their bicycles and enjoying it.

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Comments 3

  1. Abhishek wrote:

    This is a good video to learn how to ride a bicycle with limited infrastructure at our disposal. Thank you for sharing it. I remember watching other similar videos by Keri.

    As a bicycle advocate, I have a hard time asking my friends with a two year old and a four year old (who also ride bikes) to ‘lead the dance’ in traffic like the way described here.

    I also wonder how none of these instructional videos of riding in traffic show children riding bicycles. I think it is important to encourage children to ride their bicycles to school etc.

    Posted 26 Oct 2011 at 8:55 am
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Abhishek… A short video can’t be all things to all people. And, certainly, riding with children presents certain challenges not represented in this video. I understand that CyclingSavvy is developing curriculum for parents and children. I would imagine that appropriate video will follow.

    My advice to parents: Don’t let your kids ride on sidewalks! Of the last five car-bicycle collisions reported (in the news) in Springfield — all were associated with sidewalks and 4 of 5 involved children.

    Residential streets are fine for small kids. With its grid street system, it’s possible to travel many places in Springfield and never do more than cross as major street.

    Posted 26 Oct 2011 at 9:02 am
  3. Abhishek wrote:

    I also dissuade people from riding on the sidewalks. If anything, I make them aware of the likely conflict points at intersections.

    I live in the Riverside area of Jacksonville which is a historic district and is laid out in a human scale on a grid system. Some roads are busier than others and they are somewhat easily avoided. Most neighborhoods outside Riverside are not as densely packed and require some travel on busy streets. It is here that a vehicular cyclist approach fails to be accessible for all ages and proficiency levels. I am sure Orlando has similar issues.

    I hope when an appropriate video for cycling with children follows, it incorporates training in riding with rush hour traffic which is when most people are commuting between a place of residence and a place of business (school, activities, etc.). Us advocates will find these tool very helpful.

    Posted 26 Oct 2011 at 2:42 pm