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Cycling, how we got here. What’s next for you?

Cycling has had many ups and downs since I (CABO supporter Pete Penseyres) started riding as an adult in 1971. Twice in the ’70s, Middle east countries banded together as OPEC and cut the world’s supply to boost prices when we were heavily dependent on imports. We had rationing, odd-even license plate days when we could purchase gas. Bike sales soared and people rode bikes to work because it was faster than waiting hours to get a partial tank of gas in a car that got as little as 10 MPG. Both times, when the crisis was over most of those bikes were hanging upside down from garage rafters.
Bike Centennial in 1976 saw thousands of people ride bicycles across the US and bicycle touring was popular.
From 1982 thru 1986 Race Across America was filmed by ABC and shown on Wide World of Sports, winning Emmys each time.
Then Greg Lemond won the Tour de France, which was also televised on network TV. He was accidentally shot, nearly died, but came back and pulled off the most spectacular comeback/upset in history in the final TT onto the Champs Elysees to win by 8 seconds. Racing in America exploded in popularity.
Lance Armstrong inspired another boost in cycling when he recovered from cancer and won the Tour de France a record 7 times, but those titles were subsequently taken away for drug use.
Again and again, we thought all those new riders would continue until cycling became mainstream and accepted by the general public.
And now we have had COVID 19 lockdowns and an “overnight” increase of about 50% cycling trips. Will it continue and grow or will history repeat itself?
I really don’t see any reason to think this time will be any different.
The new COVID-19 cyclists have not flooded our free Smart Cycling Zoom sessions to learn how they can be safer on any roadway. And the empty roads of April are again full of cars.
However, being a life long cyclist makes me optimistic that maybe this time, younger folks will decide to stick with bicycling, becoming healthier, and saving money at the same time.
And I have a story to go along with that optimism…
Last year… a pre-COVID 19…a young couple came to the Smart Cycling Class in Oceanside and graduated after completing both the live (sigh) classroom and the road session.
They learned how to feel empowered while riding over a freeway with cloverleaf entries and exits, making left turns from a 4 lane road with no left turn pockets, navigating through a roundabout, walking as a pedestrian and riding as a driver, merging into the center of the lane and maintaining that position into, thru, and out.
They learned that they can ride in the middle of the rightmost lane that serves their destination, completely outside the door zone, two abreast if desired, with or without sharrows, as long as there is another lane to their left for faster drivers to use.
They learned how to use and enjoy off-road Class 1 facilities and seek out gently used side roads.
And they learned the Smart Cycling avoidance skills. They practiced the weave, quick stop, rock dodge, and quick turn.
They became confident enough to sell both of their cars and used the cash to pay down their student loans.
They were both substitute teachers and commuted by bike to all the schools where they worked. In one case they used the Sprinter from Oceanside to Escondido then rode the rest of the way to San Pasqual.
One of them joined our regular Wednesday group rides until they were suspended by COVID 19… both the group rides AND their jobs.
I emailed them, concerned about the loss of their jobs, and scheduled a socially distanced and masked ride to learn how they were doing.
They applied for unemployment and stimulus relief and were making more than they were substitute teaching. They used the extra to continue to pay down their student loans.
If any of you reading this are inspired to follow the path this young couple has, perhaps this Smart Cycling Zoom session next Monday night is the best place to start?
Virtual Smart Cycling Classroom (Oceanside) – San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
Virtual Smart Cycling Classroom (Oceanside) Register Now The Smart Cycling Program is an excellent opportunity to learn how to ride your bike safely! League-Certified instructors will share their wealth of knowledge and make sure you leave feeling more comfortable riding on the road and in traffic.

Board adopts 6 E Policy

Bicyclists should have the same right to fair and equitable treatment as other responsible road users. The basis for these rights is the expressed through the six Es approach that CABO supports:
 Equality – Legal: traffic law and legislation, including movements, access, equipment, uniformity
 Engineering – Transportation: road and bikeways development, design, and construction, and mobility and funding sources
 Enforcement – Police and Courts: Equitable treatment of bicyclists through citations, penalties, punishment, and trials
 Education – Schools and public agencies: Bicycling education for the public, engineers, planners,
law enforcement, and legislators
 Encouragement – Public and private agencies: advertising campaigns, promotions, etc.  Evaluation – Public agencies: Measurement of the effects of the other Es using relevant research methods and testing CABO supports equity in the treatment of all bicyclists in the implementation and evaluation of all Es.  Equality – The equal legal status and equal treatment of bicyclists in traffic law. State traffic law must be fair, equitable, uniform, and operator neutral to the greatest extent possible. Ability for people to access all public destinations by bicycle which are accessible by motor vehicle must be protected. State and local laws that discriminate against bicyclists, restrict their right to travel
individually or in a group, or reduce their relative safety must be repealed.
 Engineering – Roadways and bikeways must conform to relevant design standards and allow for safe, legal, and efficient traffic (which includes bicycling) movements. Design, construction, operation, and maintenance of roads and bikeways must equitably serve all users. Trip endpoint and waypoint facilities, such as parking and signage, must serve bicyclists.
 Enforcement – Bicyclists must be given equal treatment by police and the courts in the
enforcement of traffic laws and in the investigation of crashes. Bicyclists must be viewed as fully equal to other parties in the determination of culpability in crashes, the economic value of injuries or death, and non-economic losses awarded to crash victims.
 Education – Bicycling training should be based on treating cyclists as drivers. This type of bicycling is based on the same sound, proven traffic principles governing all drivers and is the safest, most efficient way for all cyclists to operate, by making them highly visible and their actions predictable to other road users. Training for those who design roadways and bikeways should consider the full range of bicycling behaviors.
 Encouragement – Promotion of cycling as healthy, economic, and environmentally sound method
of transportation and recreation. Encouragement may be done via promotional campaigns,
incentives for those choosing cycling, and promotion of cycling as a healthy activity. The
encouragement should be inclusive of all types of people who use bicycles.
 Evaluation – Evaluation of the other five Es (Equality, Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Encouragement). Evaluation must involve measurement, analysis, and research, using rigorous and statistically sound methodologies.