This looks like a great meeting tonight on safer cycling. Unfortunately I already have plans so won’t be able to make it.
From Al Brody:
The Colorado Springs Cycling Club meeting on Tuesday June 1, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clarion Hotel on Bijou will present tools to make cyclists safer in the traffic mix. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals webinar titled The Overlooked E: Involving Law Enforcement in Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Programs, hosted by DRIVESMART and Bike Colorado Springs Colorado focused our attention towards prevention. To share what we have learned, Colorado Springs Police Officer and certified International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPIMBA) Instructor, Brett Iverson will present bicyclist/motorist interactions from a police officer’s perspective.
Our neighbor to the north, Denver’s Robert Hurst, author of ‘The Art of Urban Cycling’ and the ‘Bicyclists Manifesto’ quotes Confucius as saying: The Master said: “Those whose measures are dictated by mere expediency will arouse continual discontent.” Mr. Hurst goes on to say: “Cyclists have every right to use the roadway and should not have to cater to the lowest common denominator of aggressive drivers, we shouldn’t coddle them. But we shouldn’t be surprised by the reaction or bent out of sorts by it, either.” He recommends greeting these irrational drivers with cool stoicism.
The goal is to learn ways to meld cool stoicism with cooperation and compromise. If you give respect your chances of getting respect increase significantly. The bottom line is bike/motor vehicle conflicts are occasionally unavoidable, inevitable to a certain degree, but need not be a regular feature of our cycling experience.
So, plan on attending the June first meeting. Holster your middle finger at the door, and open your mind. You just might receive valuable tools to make you safer as a cyclist.