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