In 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation contracted with us to teach CyclingSavvy courses for staff at its district offices. It was an enlightening experience for all! Below is a sample of the feedback we received.
The training was very helpful to me. It helped me to have a better understanding of what is safe and unsafe for a bicyclist riding on the street and why; what are the driver expectancies; what the areas of conflicts are that both the riders and the vehicles should pay attention to; the issues with biking on sidewalk, or if someone bikes on sidewalk what the conflicts are and what to pay attention to. I have a better understanding of how to consider and evaluate bike lane accommodation holistically as a system, and when working on an isolated segment.
It was a very enjoyable and informative class. Not only did it significantly alter my perceptions as a cyclist but as a transportation professional as well. On the professional side, it brought to light several paradigm changing issues, including:
- Our “bike lanes” can inadvertently create operational problems between cyclists and motorists.
- How pavement and maintenance conditions can negatively impact cyclists
- How construction work zones should better account for cyclists
- How in many cases a cyclist “controlling the lane” ends up being the safest choice and our transportation system needs to be designed, constructed and maintained with that concept in mind.