Last weekend, Nancy took our first Fort Worth workshop. As an active member of the LMRA Bicycle Club, Nancy has ridden thousands of miles and enjoyed many club rides around the DFW area. Here’s Nancy’s review of the weekend in her own words as originally published in the club forum (republished by permission):
I attended this weekend’s CyclingSavvy Workshop. They have been offered in Dallas before; this is the first session in FW. Attendance was very light so there was plenty of time for individual discussion and feedback.
Friday evening we had a classroom session. We watched some videos and reviewed scenarios for discussion of why cyclists crash and how to avoid bad situations. Some of the videos are on their website. We also reviewed the Texas Transportation laws and that 90% of Texas roads are not appropriate for sharing a lane side by side with a car whether it’s a regular road, a bike route, a wide outer lane road, or an on-street bike lane. “As close to the right as practicable” is misunderstood and the “… except when” situations get overlooked.
Saturday morning we had a skills session in a parking lot starting with the very basics to make sure we were all on the same page. I did OK on some, needs improvement on others. Some were surprises that I didn’t realize where my skill level is. (both better and worse). My sharp turns at speed suck, and I don’t see much detail when I do a “shoulder check” looking behind me on the right. They did not approve of my “Hi Ho Silver” rolling bike mount.
We rode down Camp Bowie to Chipotles for lunch. Mmmm
Saturday afternoon was our Tour Of FW. We rode as a tight group to a designated location, pulled off road, then had a discussion of an upcoming segment. The instructors drew chalk maps indicating the plan; then we rode 1 person at a time to put concepts into real life. After each segment, we discussed our experience and lessons learned.
Our group was small enough that we could do several segments without a lot of waiting time. Ride segments were on busy streets such as Camp Bowie, 7th Street, University, 8th Ave, Lancaster with some lane positioning and intersections and construction zones that got me squeamish thinking about it. We were always given the opportunity to decline if we felt something was too far out of our comfort zone. I did everything requested. All was much easier than it appeared on the surface and it gave me much more confidence.
I think that I have benefited more from this workshop than I ever would have from just going out for a breakfast ride, doing a hard ride, or sitting on the computer watching videos. I hope the rest of you will also sign up and see if you are able to get similar results.