Teaching cyclists to share the road competently and correctly is a vital part of any education curriculum program. Motorists sometimes seem almost completely unaware of what bicyclists’ rights are, honking when a bicyclist appropriately take the lane, or buzzing a biker even in states with 3-feet passing laws on the books. In addition, bicyclists can sometimes be our own worst enemies.

  • Running stop lights.
  • Riding the wrong way on one-way streets (but it is how we grew up to see people ride),
  • Flouting traffic laws.

The solution is a better traffic skills education and more bicyclists on the road. The Bicycle Friendly Nigeria Curriculum Program works on both!

EDUCATION FOR MOTORISTS & CYCLISTS AT A CITYWIDE LEVEL

The world’s biggest cities has been the whirlwind of innovations and inspirational in the classified bicycling best practices over the past few years and these land marks of tourism expeditions on reckonings with our nation Nigeria, has left us in the world of vacuum because of a number of reasons which, its impending consequences are notable in physical and psychological molestations and the frequent cases of hit-and-run of bicyclists by some contemptuous reckless drivers which, rate of per-minutes-per-hourly happening tolls on our Nigerian roads nationwide are regrettably, statistically undocumented.

In 2009, LBN undertook an exhaustive research study to document where and why these accidents were frequent.
This in 2010 resulted in the formulation of our proposed, Nigeria Lookout-NG campaign: lookNG.org. whose tagline; the best protection a Bicyclist has is our attention, follows with an advertisements; there is one thing everyone can do: LOOK!, a transportation alternative.
League of Bicyclists Nigeria LBN advocacy has also outlined a set of ‘Biking Rules’, a set of street codes that teaches bicyclists responsible behaviour and how to interact with pedestrians and motorists. These campaigns, coupled with the transformation of Nigeria’s streets and trails, will contribute to a huge increase of commuters in the Nigerian cities, coupled with a decrease in bicyclists deaths. This kind of citywide outreach campaign has proven very effective and recommendable.
Campaign materials also includes, instructional programs on everything from how to trigger traffic signal when you are stuck up at a red light to when to leave the bicycle lane behind and additional articles on how far you have to position self to be on advantage when sharing the road with other vehicles. The instructor will also teach children and adults classes round the year focusing on the League’s curricula, and may go a step further to work with the League’s Director of Education to create new programs. The League also visualizes a new national program that allows bike shop employees to teach children and adults how to bike. The classes will be shorter than other League’s curriculum courses, and allow a good overview for people just starting out. They will be popular around the country, and it will not be possible without your help, advocacy groups and the state’s Bicycling Association. Federal Transportation enhancement funds are necessary, for the setting up of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Education Program. With the federal, state and local funds relief, the program can launch a huge outreach component in (radio, TV, bus shelter advertisements) as well as new bicycle lanes, enhanced police training and free League-curricula based bicycle classes for kids and adults. In addition to the classes, every attendee will receives a bicycle helmet, pump, U-lock, front and rear lights, reflective tape, tire levers and more. This ensures that bicyclists have the training and the materials needs to start riding.

Our leaders can lead the pace for others to follow. Students throughout
the region will be taught about safe bicycling and walking practices and the program will educate teachers and staff as well.
The outreach campaign may be tagged Coexist, modified to have the dos and don’ts for motorists and bicyclists on its popular posters. Messages will encourage bicyclists to obey traffic signals, ride on the right, and “Don’t be THAT guy,” about the frustrations pedestrians feel when bicyclists ride on the sidewalk. The posters will also encourage drivers to avoid right hooks, share the road, and be extra cautious when backing up. The successes of these campaigns will be based on speaking to both bicyclists and motorists about how to behave better.
TRAINING THE STATE POLICE OFFICERS

The California Police Commission in October 2010 approved a proposal as a standard of training to incorporate the rights and provisions of bicyclists into Vehicle Code training. This mean that effective July 1, 2011, all Police Academies in California were mandated to include this topic in their Regular Basic Course. The student workbooks were to be amended to include this information. The outlines for bicycle law instruction were to be disseminated by the Basic Training Bureau to the academy staff to use as a reference on the other side of the country.

Massachusetts offers Law Officer’s Guide Bicycle Safety, developed by Mass Bike with the support of NHTSA, also serves as a national model. One of the police officers from Illinois that took the training said, “The course will be helpful in increasing public safety because it has helped train officers on how to effectively ride, handle, and use the bike to patrol the community they work in.”
A Well Equipped Training Centre for Bicyclist For Educating Motorists & Cyclists at a Citywide Level.

The California Police Commission uses bicycle for effective community policing

Our going word says; Promote bicycle safety for children of elementary and middle school age, who are involved in nearly 14 percent of all bicycle crashes in non-school hours. We can encourage Cycling to School and make it work. ANCHORAGE, ALASKA AND PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIAUSA.

Anchorage, because of its location, experiences their peculiar bike and walk to school challenges. Report shows that, it is very dark for much of the school year. Sometimes the sun is up for less than six hours. The Safe Routes to School program has helped Anchorage community distribute reflective tape to more than 10,000 students (at no cost to the students) and more than 75,000 bicycle helmets have been given away gift items to students, to create large (and visible) designs in the city to strengthen cycling to school. The school nurses properly teaches Anchorage school students in a kit-fit, safe routes to school program reflective (jackets, coats, and the helmets) gears. Between the first and second years of the reflective gear program, participation went up from 30 percent to 70 percent. Report reveals that the Safe Routes to Schools funded a program a few years ago, which the municipality and the school district applied for, received and was used to set up a GPS mapping system to evaluate all the walking routes that students take to school to know which needs improvement. The program enabled Anchorage to implement a school crossing guard reflector and safety training program. Today they are working on an $80,000 planning grant to do 10 site-specific planning activities for Safe Routes to Schools.

In addition, Anchorage has recently approved a new bike plan. They are working to make sure that more people realize that there are bicyclists with recognition and acknowledgment. Their Bicycle Commuters team of Anchorage are also working on trainings for children and adults.

Palo Alto, Caledonia has been working to make it easier for kids to bike and
walk to school since 1994. The team in Palo Alto have crossed many traditional lines, ensuring greater success. The school district, police department, city staff and PTA constitute the Safe Routes Task Force team. They have gone further to create a site, which offers everything in place to report problems concerning the student’s route to school, help teachers educate students on how to walk and bike to school safely. Their community’s cohesion is a good model to transform school commutes for the Anchorage community children.

The National Safe Bicyclist Certification Curriculum NSBCC, formerly known as the Nationwide Super Bicyclist Program NSBP, developed in part 5 years ago was revised, but re-launched in 2014. The up-to-date version can be adopted by any state and is very user friendly. The Safe Bicyclists Certification Program is designed for fourth and fifth grade students and comes in 15 discrete lessons, each at least 15 minutes in duration. Teachers can be certified to teach it in three or six hours (depending on the level of certification), making it accessible to most sports committee coaches in colleges, universities and or physical education teachers in higher schools.

The classes, which are designed and segmented into several batches and categories from strength training to rules of the road, and the hand-outs, are provided in pictorial graphics, cartoon, vernacular and English. The topics are age-appropriate for 9 and 10 year olds and above, includes helmet fit, repairs of flat tires, and safe bicycling skills. The classes will be taught through interactive games, to promote fun and active learning.

Mr. Bicycle is happy to report that they will be reaching hundreds and thousands of students annually through this strategy. We will conduct a survey report of our certified teacher in states each year to receive the bicycle safety message through these teachers based on our survey. The Safe Cyclist program will certify an estimate of 2 per schools, physical education teachers, coaches and community youth workers in Nigeria. The program will works for teachers coaches and students alike.

Just as there is a target-rich environment for bike safety messages, so there is no end of media-use in message delivery. From our research expedition, we ask our teeming applicants to document the ways in which they can use print, visual, electronic and social media to do information hype. Among the options we have seen and recommend these:
Inserts in utility bills, especially time to coincide with major events, like the National Bike Month, etc. Newspaper and newsletter columns, blogs, community newsletters Public Service Announcements on TV, radio, billboards, and in print media Company and government intranet sites as well as website and social media pages Bus wraps and adverts, transit shelter posters when the human touch cannot be beaten, we highly recommend
establishing a Bicycle Ambassador program where people (often younger, seasonal workers) are hired to deliver safety talks, ride major trails and routes offering assistance, promote bicycling safety at events, festivals, fairs etc. States have unique ability to affect motorist and bicyclist education by facilitating training and education required for the said program. State published driver’s manual establishing the standards expected of drivers to pass the driver’s test in both cases including information, relating to safe interaction with bicyclists is recommendable.

We are expecting the next transportation bill to include funding and enforcing a new nationwide street policy, safe routes to school program. The bill should emphasize creating of safe routes to school, to encourage children to ride, and to teach kids how to walk and bike to school. Some states can take this as in innovative programs for her people. A federal support will help turbo-charge these programs, which is now on model for its implementation.

Our dream of a bicycle-friendly Nigeria envisages the day when there are no fatal crashes between bicyclists and motorists. To get to that point of expectancy with the highest traffic and safety records, we hope to see 6 professional drivers learning about safe interactions with bicyclists, taxi and bus drivers, truckers, delivery van drivers, and even school bus operators will all be seen embracing that focus of effective TS100 Traffic Skill education programs.

Traffic engineers and city planners will gain a new appreciation for the intricacies of street designs. Politicians will gain a new insight into bicyclist behaviour after they have taken the lane and experiencing the impact of share-the-road program, using the complete street safety decorations for bicyclists’ comfort.

One of the great conundrums in promoting bicycling is getting cycling integrated into the Nigerian schools curriculum as an educational activity under physical and sports. When asked, people rarely admit to having bicycling education, fatigue and sports in our Nigerian schools, institutions. This will encourage more rides.

We recommend bicycling to be adopted as a General Course in our tertiary institutions. A special Traffic Skills Class TS100, will build the confidence which is necessary to set both bicyclists and motorists to share the road with each other.

“Education” is relatively cheap and easy to do when compared to a major trail project or bicycle plan implementation yet, it is actually quite labour intensive and has to be repeated year after year to have a permanent impact on the people. There are just a handful of critical messages to teach bicyclists and drivers yet we can quickly be hung up trying to impart too much information, or arguing about who is more to be blamed for traffic flouts on our roads.

The starting point for Bicycle Friendly Nigeria is the League’s own Smart Cycling Education Program. We will certify Cycling Instructors in part of the communities and businesses, through designing and organizing seminars to get their staff into the program. Having instructors is one thing; we also want to see them actually sharing the good information that is in the program by teaching classes in cities. We are hoping to see significant volumes of students being put through Traffic Skills at paces.

A successful implementation of this broad education program depends on the accessibility of the material and the instructor’s approval by the state authority. With a 9-hour TS100 class as our standard course duration, BFN applicants will also be rewarded for finding creative ways of delivering that information in bite-sized pieces. Lunchtime brown-bag presentations at work sites, 2-hour skills classes at the local bike shop, and pre-ride briefings
at bike club events, etc. The Safe Routes to Schools Program is obviously not just a bicycling initiative, but also a sure way to increase the number of kids riding bikes. We asked communities to tell us how many schools are participating in the program and we scored their performances (school/communities) based on how much of the available resources they are capable of attracting. A best practice emerging from cities may involve the city hiring local cyclist advocacy group to take a fleet of bikes and teachers to area schools to systematically deliver bicycle education to the Pupil. The Safe Routes Program will extend to colleges and universities and there will clearly be need to educate students in colleges and campuses as there are hotbeds of cycling activities and there are huge opportunities to teach lifelong bicycling safety skills through classes, clubs, events and bike the campus in addition to the traditional TS100 Traffic Skills Classes. The delivery of education through schools, colleges and universities, will engender Bicycling innovation and creativity in delivering bicycling safety education messages. The program has penciled a series of specific for her targeted audiences and a wide variety of media that will be used to good effect around the country.