Seminar at Bicycle Renaissance 5/9/2013

Seminar at Bicycle RenaissanceMay is Bike Month and attendance was high at our first Springtime seminar at Bicycle Renaissance. The group was extremely enthusiastic, nodding in empathy as they visualized themselves in the roadway situations I described. Their feedback encouraged me to dig deeper into the inner game of taking your place on the road. On the subject of the Door-Zone, the Close Pass, and of creating a better dynamic for cycling, I think I made a difference for these cyclists.

Bike Renaissance and staff where, as always, generous and gracious to their guests, putting out snacks and drinks, and providing terrific raffle prizes. Shout outs to Adam, Eric, and Jimmy for the extra time and effort hosting these seminars requires.

To the attendees; it’s riding season, and I know you’ll be hearing my voice as you signal your moves around obstructions, inform drivers of your intention to use the road, ride and dress to maximize visibility, and take a more proactive approach to riding. In the days ahead I’d love to hear back from you, here in this space, with comments about what worked and what continues to challenge you. I view the seminars as a first step in an ongoing process that has you enjoying your rides more, becoming more skilled with every ride, and continuing to gain knowledge and experience in your own Virtuous Bicycle.

You guys are the best! Thank you!
Lance Jacobs
May 11, 2013

About the author

Lance Jacobs

A native New Yorker, biking has been part of my life from my paper route in 5th grade, through my international tours on 4 continents. Now, as a League Certified Instructor (LCI #3507), my focus is on studying and teaching the best way to ride in NYC's unique street environment. I love cycling and I love my city. I believe riding our streets can be stress free when approached with some solid skills, some basic knowledge, and the right frame of mind.

1 comment

  1. Julie

    Hi Lance: Thank you very much for yesterday’s cycling skills seminar at Bicycle Renaissance. What I learned last night was a revelation to me. The concept of taking your space on the road, acting like a vehicle, and respecting the space of others changed my way of thinking.

    I recognized myself [in many of your diagrams] and have always questioned what I perceived as the mentality that “we have the right to be here”. I did not understand it. Now I do. Thank you for that.

    I wanted to let you know that your course was wonderful. The two hours went very quickly, which is a testament to your excellent speaking skills.


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