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Aug 14

Newly Certified Bicycle and Pedestrian Trainers Available - Debbie Spiliotopoulos

Posted on August 14, 2020 at 8:42 AM by Bob Lazaro

Picture of Bike InstructorsNVRC recently graduated 8 new licensed certified safety instructors under the Share VA Roads bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. For the third year, Share VA Roads in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, Washington Area Bicycling Association, and Alexandria BPAC has graduated a class of licensed safety instructors who completed training this weekend, the first virtual based socially distant training for the league!

With the addition of these new instructors, Northern Virginia now boasts 30 licensed certified instructors with further training in pedestrian safety and a commitment to safety and active transportation through the Share Virginia Roads grant program.  Our new trainers include: Michael Wear, Yvette White, Maya AbdelRahim-Soboleva, Caren Roushkolb, Randy Cole, Jen Wiser, and Laura Robinson.  They are available to support your community safety and promote safe bicycling activities in the region, reach out to NVRC to connect with them or the 22 earlier safety instructors available for education and outreach.

Please email Debbie to arrange for an education and outreach session.

Instructors are certified by the League of American Bicyclists as certified instructors, and additionally go through pedestrian safety training geared towards Virginia laws.  This year was special, as the instructors represent the first socially distant LCI training in the country, which involved over 20 hours of zoom, individually videoing drills for review, and rides, all with face masks.

In exchange for this training, instructors are available for community training, education, and outreach to our high crash communities in Northern Virginia.  This is an especially important service as so many are interested in riding and walking for exercise and transportation as a result of pandemic shutdowns.  Though the pandemic has led to fewer pedestrian deaths, speed and unrestrained occupant (no seat belt) deaths have risen in Virginia by 18 percent since the shutdowns.