Scheduling a Chicago Area League Cycling Instructor Certification Seminar (LCI Seminar)

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This is a survey to determine if there is sufficient interest to hold a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor Certification Seminar (LCI Seminar) in or near Chicago between now and the summer of 2014.

Information about the LCI Seminar and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at: http://www.bikeleague.org/content/become-instructor

The survey is at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FW6LR3J

Please take the survey if you are interested in attending a LCI Seminar, or if you represent an advocacy group, bike shop, or other organization which plans to send one or more people to a LCI Seminar.  Note that the responses received by Monday Aug 26 will determine if it is possible to hold one this fall, mid Nov 2013.  Survey will close Sept 1.
Please feel free to forward this as e-mail to anyone you know who might be interested in attending an LCI Seminar.

Feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone me if you have any questions about the LCI Seminar or this survey.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at a seminar.

Larry Mysz
League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor / LCI Coach
larry@chicagobicycle.org


TakeAways

My wife and I took and passed the Traffic Skills 101 course that is the precursor to the LCI Seminar being considered. One thing that should be noted is that the instructor for this class announced that anyone riding a RECUMBENT bicycle would not be allowed to qualify for LCI-level status. If this is NOT TRUE then LAB should make that information plain to anyone seeking to earn this status.

I wrote this letter to Larry Mysz:

Eric Vann <beezodog@gmail.com>
To: larry@chicagobicycle.org

Question about LCI prerequisites

My wife Connie and I took the precursor instruction to full LCI qualification here in Wheaton a few years ago. We passed and were told by the trainer that people riding recumbents would not be allowed to qualify as LCIs. Is that really true?

Larry was kind enough to respond as follows:

Hi Eric,

I’m glad you are looking into the LCI program. It’s a great way to promote cycling, helping riders to feel more secure on their bikes and helping them to be safer riders.

You asked a very good question.

The short answer is this: People who ride only recumbents can be certified as LCIs, but with restrictions on how they teach certain maneuvers which cannot be demonstrated on a recumbent.

The long answer is this. LCIs teach or make presentations to different audiences for different reasons. They teach adults to ride for the first time, teach group riding skills to people participating in large charity rides, make presentations to bike clubs, make presentations to riding groups at bike shops, make presentations to city councils and community groups, and teach classes like Traffic Skills 101 and 201.

For some audiences, such as students in Traffic Skills 101 and 201, an LCI must teach certain handling skills and maneuvers. To be effective, the LCI must be able to:

  1. Tell the student Why a handling skill or maneuver is important,
  2. Explain how to execute it,
  3. Demonstrate it, and
  4. Provide feedback to the student as they practice the maneuver to help them successfully execute it.

At least one maneuver, the quick stop, is impossible to demonstrate on a recumbent. Others, like the quick turn, scan, and scan and signal, are difficult.to demonstrate on some recumbents.

If a LCI candidate has a good reason to ride only a recumbent, and can to my satisfaction 1) Tell Why, 2) Explain how, and 4) Provide feedback to the student for the maneuver, I would certify them as an LCI subject to the restriction they must have an assistant who can properly demonstrate the maneuver for them on a diamond frame bike.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything about the LCI program, please feel free to call me

Larry Mysz
708 754 7859

So Demonstration Is The ‘Sticky Wicket’

The problem is not one merely for LCI-candidates who ride recumbents, but frankly is one which faces folks who:

  • might have suffered strokes and cannot perform a given maneuver
  • fought in a recent war and returned with an absence of limbs or paralysis
  • someone who was born with a deformity that makes a conventional bicycle an impossibility but wants to train others with that disability
  • someone who is sight-paired and rides only as the stoker on a tandem but wants to train

You get the idea. And so after giving this a bit of thought I decided that the real problem here has to do with teaching methods more than anything else. For years I taught both softball and chess to junior high students. I was in my twenties at the time. But suppose that I had been progressing as a coach of a sport like football or baseball and had finally reached the NFL or the MLB ranks. Can a person be effective in their 50s and even 70s with our without infirmities?

They can if they have the correct tools.

Today everyone has a SmartPhone it would seem. And those phones are capable of streaming video with ease. So why not have a curriculum in which the initial demonstration is done via video? Better yet why not have the person pictured in the video be someone who is age, gender and physical-handicap appropriate?

What is more we have the option these days of providing real-time capture of the demonstration from four angles simultaneously. Imagine for instance that you are showing a “panic stop” on an upright bicycle. This maneuver can be videoed from the front or rear, either side and above simultaneously. And all of the video can be view on a screen as a mosaic of the whole or shown separately. That is the beauty of trying to teach a skill in the year 2013.

And there is ready easy in video recording each student using their own SmartPhone and saving those recordings to YouTube where students can review their attempts at replicating the original demonstration materials.

Other Tools Are Available As Well

LIB has recently released an online training tool that provides a very useful means of capturing and scoring the progress of students as they learn the classroom portions of the materials in question. Online tools like these should be made available to every instructor at the LCI-level to ensure a uniformity of approach.

In fact I would go so far as to say that road conditions which you wish to illustrate for students should also be part of a video collection on either YouTube or Vimeo. Each and every instructor across the country would have at their disposal this video archive. It would allow instructors to show various conditions which might occur out-of-state or at some distance but with which the student should be familiar.

Everything from minor bike repair to inner tube replacement should be available online and used in the classroom instruction. It makes it possible to teach about something that the classroom location cannot accommodate. Few places are able to allow students tools and a workroom in which to practice minor bike repairs and inner tube repair or replacement. Again video to the rescue.