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PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
League of American Bicyclists trainer to appear in Sitka
SITKA - Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community project will host League of American Bicyclists trainer Preston Tyree for two different trainings from Sept. 14-19.

The first class is called "Road I" and is designed for cyclists of all abilities age 14 and older. This course takes place in two sessions, from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the first floor conference room at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Community Health Services building in Sitka.

Cyclists will learn how to perform basic bike maintenance and will learn safe riding skills so they can avoid accidents with cars, other cyclists and pedestrians while riding in traffic.

A $10 registration fee includes dinner on Friday night and a student manual.

Students should bring their bikes and helmets to the course.

"This class is perfect for all cyclists who wish to gain a full understanding of how to operate a bicycle in a variety of situations," according to the League of American Bicyclists Web site.

The second class will train Sitka residents to earn their League Cycling Instructor certification, allowing them to teach bicycle safety classes to adults and children.

The 20-hour class takes place in three sessions, at 5-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at a location to be announced.

This class is free as part of the project's grant from the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program, but the Road I class is a prerequisite for the LCI certification course.

In this class, students will become certified to teach four League of American Bicyclists bicycle education courses - Road I (the basic introductory/intermediate course for adult cyclists), Road II (an advanced adult course), Kids I (designed for parents of children younger than 10) and Kids II (designed for children ages 10-14, with on-road practice).

Those going through the training will receive copies of the "League Guide to Safe and Effective Cycling," copies of training DVDs, and other training manuals and online materials to use in their classes.

Right now only one LCI certified instructor is in Alaska, and she lives in the village of Alakanuk, near the mouth of the Yukon River.

"This is going to be a great chance to learn about biking and further Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community dream," SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne said.

While he's in town, Tyree will ride around Sitka to identify trouble spots, and he'll meet with school and city officials to help them learn how to design safe routes for schools and hot to implement "complete street" policies that make sure local roads are safe and work for motorists, cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians.

For more information, contact Matthew Turner of Sitka Advancing Our Community at 747-3665 or SEARHC Health Educator Doug Osborne at 966-8734. Also, information about Sitka's Bicycle Friendly Community project can be found online at http://www.sitkaaoc.org (click on the bike logo for info, and click on the online forum logo to access the online forum where residents can participate in the project).

For more information about the League of American Bicyclists training programs, go to http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/index.php.


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