Notes on This Week’s Issue
Here’s what we’ve got on tap for you today:
- another new product review from Sheri Rosenbaum – of the Showers Pass Hi-Vis Elite Jacket
- further tips by Coach John Hughes on helping slow the inevitable effects of aging by following the Four Pillars – this week the focus is on Intensity in your workouts
- a Tech Talk column by Jim Langley that provides even more pedal care, maintenance and installation tips
- a QT that consists of some great pedal removal and maintenance tips from a reader and from Coach Rick Schultz commenting on Jim Langley’s TT of last week
- Coach Shultz adds a How To article on stretching out the 3 tightest muscles groups that can affect roadies
- and much more
As always, I hope you find at least one or two nuggets each week that apply directly to your riding and your life. Enjoy!
Training Programs Putting Truck Drivers on Bikes
Two recent articles on the British cycling site Road.cc caught our attention for the very common-sensical approach they reported on re: teaching cyclist safety to commercial drivers. That is, showing, not telling, commercial drivers in London and Manchester how better and more safely to interact with their fellow (two-wheeled, pedaling) road users.
Riding a mile in the shoes of urban cyclists seems to me an excellent way to do this. And it’s precisely what these new driver training courses are doing.
In London, more than 1,500 drivers did a classroom training session, then spent three and a half hours on a bike on the roads.
One driver said: “I was skeptical about the training. However when I did it I was surprised. Cycling with a truck beside you is genuinely scary. I am glad I got to see that for myself and can now play a role in making the streets of London safer for cyclists.”
In Manchester, the course is called Safe Urban Driver Lite and is administered by an organization called Bike Right.
In countries like the U.K., the U.S. and Australia, where drivers simply are not taught to respect the rights of cyclists – and which do not have the “strict liability” laws that serve to protect cyclists in many western European countries – programs like these would at least be a start toward improving cyclists’ safety.
Here are links to the two articles:
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John Marsh is the former editor and publisher of RBR Newsletter and RoadBikeRider.com. A rider of "less than podium" talent, he brought our readers consistently useful, informative, entertaining info that helps make them better road cyclists. That's what we're all about here—always have been, always will be. Click to read John's full bio.