== Bike-Walk Alliance of NH ==
How smart are you?
One critical aspect of cycling is being visible. Here is are four awareness tests you can take in just a few minutes by watching the videos. Be sure to turn on the speakers connected to your computer!
BWA-NH wishes to
thank Peter Warner and the Transport for London (TFL) for permission
to post these video awareness tests.
"The Bus" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz-ph32CnJA
"The Phone Test" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cd63P54PaI
"Basketball Test " http://www.dothetest.co.uk
Did you pass the
tests on your first viewing? Just think about how motorists view bicyclists
then act accordingly. You must be seen to be safe, but thinking you have been
seen does not make you safe! Bicyclists must establish eye contact with motorists
before crossing their path. And better than just eye contact, a "friendly
wave" to get the motorist's attention can help avoid a crash caused when
the motorist did not "see" you.
Video from LAB promotes better bicycling
Here is the latest video created by the League of American Bicyclists as posted on YouTube. Certified cycling instructors depict proper riding techniques in city traffic, proper lane usage, signaling, and interacting with motorists by handling their bicycle as a vehicle - which it is!
Note that proper and confident bicycling requires education and practice. The situations covered in this video are not for children or those just learning to cycle in traffic. LAB's Certified Cycling Instructors offer courses such as "Road-I" and "Road-II" which help adult bicyclists become more skillful and confident when cycling on the road. Watch this web site for courses as they are scheduled, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 603.898.9926, or visit the on-line calendar to see all registered LAB courses at http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/.
LAB video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU4nKKq02BU
Dave Topham, LAB M-LCI # 39