In June 2017 I took the Smart Cycling course in Plattsburgh and by October I had studied and passed the exam to become a League Cycling Instructor (LCI #5768) through the League of American Bicyclists in Buffalo, NY.
Since I received my LCI status I’ve successfully collaborated with the Town of Plattsburgh as an on-bike instructor for the 2018 Bike Rodeo and the 2019 Bike Block Party. I’ve also spoke to Driver’s Ed students at Burlington High School in the fall of 2018.
I believe that educating cyclists and motorists about safe cycling makes our community a better place. Cyclists learn how to be predictable and motorists know how to safely navigate around people on bikes. I think this is especially important because Plattsburgh is one of the major cities between Montreal and Albany on the Empire State Trail.
I made my goal trip to Burlington, VT happen on my birthday in 2017. After the smart cycling course I felt more confident on my bike and I hope to give that gift to others.