It Depends

A Podcast on Riding Safely

Many people ride many different kinds of non-motorized vehicle in many places for many different reasons. If you are one of them you should listen to our guests.

This podcast is hosted by Preston Tyree, LCI, Regional Coach, former League of American Bicyclists board Vice President, former League Education Director and recipient of the 2002 National Education Award, the 2016 Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year award, and League Life Member.

If you think you would like to spend some time talking with us, read these pages and then text ID! to 512-338-4075 and we can talk.

Topics:

We are just beginning to visualize what this podcast will look like but some of the obvious episodes that come to mind are:

  • Riding in Traffic
  • Riding in Groups
  • Riding trikes in the ‘hood
  • Riding scooters anywhere
  • The future is E-assist
  • Interactions with Motorists
  • Infrastructure: Good and Bad
  • Laws and Ordinances
  • Teaching kids to ride
  • Teaching traffic safety
  • How to talk to Engineers
  • How to talk to an LEO: Episode 2
  • Recumbents are special
  • Distracted Drivers
  • Navigating Intersections
  • Choosing when to stop
  • Helmets and Ear Buds

Our objective in starting this podcast is to be a positive force for safety for all people. If the world is safer for bicyclists, scooter riders, wheel chair users and tricyclists, then the world is safer for all of us. 

We want to make it easy for you to listen so here are some links:

Anchor: Apple: Breaker: Overcast: PocketCasts: RadioPublic: Spotify:

Interested?

Send us an email and tell us what you want to talk about. We will let you know how and when we can meet or talk via Zoom.us.

Episodes:

Episode 7:  I talk with Gail Copus Spann who has raced mountain bikes, acted as board member for BikeTexas and Board Chair for the League of American Bicyclists. She is LCI #1900 and a League Cycling Coach. She and her husband sponsored the Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year Award at the League. She also has a collection of Penny Farthing bicycles in her garage. Here is her take on what it takes to make riding safer.

Episode 6: Triny Willerton talks about her history as a triathlete and the aftermath of her serious crash while training. The big story here is her drive and determination and support from her family. Five months after the collision with a motorist that resulted in 12 fractures and a punctured lung among other injuries, she completed the IronMan triathlon World Championship in Kona. She points to months of therapy to treat her PTSD as part of the reason she can get back out on the roads again. She has started the #itcouldbeme movement to change the narrative between drivers and vulnerable users of the road. Aiming to educate all road users to recognize that we are all human and deserve to be able to travel safely for what ever reason and in what ever manner we chose. We also want to shout out to Cyqliq who are sponsors of Triny’s efforts and make some great light/camera combinations that help you be seen and may help by providing video evidence in the event of a crash. One last link to the Media company Triny is working with Live Feisty.

Episode 5: Jake Sigal talks about his history and the work his company is doing to make the roads safer for all users. They are getting close to having a standard that allows many manufacturers produce products that allow bicycles to message (talk to) other vehicles and infrastructure like signage. It is worth taking a look at his website, Tome Software. When you go there, click on the B2V link in the menu. One of the things I was impressed with was the breadth of the collaboration that Jake has managed to create between the Automotive, Bicycling and Planning organizations. And, Jake is a lifelong cyclist and has set up his twitter account to focus on cycling safety.

Episode 4: Malia talks to us from Hawai’i about the Hawai’i Bicycling League and her work training League Cycling Instructors. She has been instrumental in producing a video with the local bus operating company to train their operators to drive safely around cyclists and pedestrians. Link to Hawai’i Bicycling League Education program. Here is a link to a rough cut of the safety video that Malia took part in. At 9:34 your’s truly made an unsafe pass of a bus on the right side.

Episode 3: Doug talks about the joy of still having wheels he can use after breaking his ankle in three places jumping his mountain bike. Hand cycles have a place in the mix of devices we can ride. We also talk about riding safely in the neighborhood.

Episode 2: Rheannon, a bicycle racer and Law Enforcement Officer talks about bicyclist safety and has some tips on how to interact with an officer on the road. We also talk about the training that a police cadet gets in Austin and the various law enforcement efforts.

Here is a link to a YouTube video from the Austin Chief of Police related to safe passing distances.

Here is a link to the law enforcement device (C3FT) that we talked about. This device is mounted on the handlebars and with a camera can give indication of how close a vehicle passes, record the pass, the reading on the device, and the license plate of the car.

Episode 1: I talk with Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. This interview was done as the Coronavirus became real to many people and Bill was still trying to make the virtual National Bike Summit work. We greatly appreciate his taking time out of his crazy schedule to talk about bicyclist safety. I asked Bill to send along some links for various materials and pages for the League of American Bicyclists so here they are. Find an LCI, class, rides, and more
Smart Cycling Quick Guide – https://bikeleague.org/quickguide
Smart Cycling Videos – https://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos
BFA program https://bikeleague.org/bfa
National Bike Summit https://bikeleague.org/summit
Sign up for action alerts – www.bikeleague.org/enews
join us www.bikeleague.org/join

Trailer 1: Talking about your host and the expected content and direction of the podcast. Short listen but you should check it out.

Future Episodes: We have agreement with a number of folks to be guests on the podcast. That includes a number of League Cycling Instructors, Traffic Engineers, Urban Planners and maybe a police officer or two…