Bicycle Friendly Driver program
On May 29, at 7pm, we’ll be offering a Bicycle Friendly Driver program.
Almost all of us who use the trails ride or drive to get to our starting point, and we encounter cars at some point along the way. As drivers we’re also likely to encounter bicyclists sharing the road with us. This program will share how and why bicyclists who are following the laws ride the way they do.
Whether you drive or bicycle on a county road, a city street or in your neighborhood, there are state and local laws to follow to be safe. Bicyclists riding to the trails and on the trails also have responsibilities to act safely as they interact with other bicyclists, walkers and runners.
This program includes an overview of Indiana laws, and how and why bicyclists who are following the laws ride the way they do. Completion of this 90-minute course includes a certificate from the League of American Bicyclists, and a window cling for your vehicle.
In 2017 in Allen County, Indiana, 81 bicyclists were involved in motor vehicle collisions, an 8% increase from 2009 (71). Statewide, bicyclists involved in Indiana collisions are at greater risk of serious bodily injuries than motorists.
Nationally, 50% of accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles are caused by motor vehicles. In Allen County statistics show that 52% of such accidents are caused by motor vehicles.
The League of American Bicyclists offers a national certification program to train instructors to provide safe bicycling and driving courses. Studies have shown that this type of programming in a community can decrease bicyclist-motor vehicle accidents by as much as 20%.
Fort Wayne Trails recently received a grant from General Motors Company to hire the League of American Bicyclists to train several people in our community to teach others. We now have certified League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who are certified and eager to provide instruction to members of your community, organization, school or business.
The May 29th program will be led by Angie Quinn, LCI, and Sustainability Director for Fort Wayne Trails, Inc.
No reservation is needed, but the space is limited. Please send an email to [email protected] if you plan to attend. Thanks!