Irish Dancing this weekend, I'll tell you about reason #36 and reason #37 why you, if you're reading this blog, want to take an "official" BikeLeague Traffic 101 Course, and probably more than that.
If you live in North Texas, Bikedfw will be holding a course. Details are here. If you go to the Cycle*Dallas post, here, you'll see that you can get a $15 discount if you enter the discount code newyear-ts101. Further, if you live somewhere in Tarrant County or between Colleyville and the course location, email me if you want to take the course. I'm driving, I've got a bike rack that'll hold 4 bikes, and since I'm going, we might as well fill the darn thing up. Bike School is more fun if it's with people you know.
Anyway, back to reasons 36 and 37.
Reason 37 - It May Save You From a Citation/Conviction
Face it, most cops are not well educated in law as it affects cycling. I was pulled over in 2009 by a Fort Worth Police Officer while I was riding safely AND legally. Fortunately, I wasn't cited or even threatened with same, and he really didn't even try to claim I was violating any law other than a nonexistent earphone ordinance. ChipSeal, here, was cited in 2009, and pulled over several other times. While you, as I have, may conclude that it is never a good idea to chat with a policeman when you are the object of his official duties, it is probably NOT a bad idea for that same policeman to know that you have completed formal bike education. What's more, if you are cited and go to court, being able to tell the judge that you are riding AS TAUGHT may avoid an improper conviction because you are instantly more credible.
These two reasons alone are enough to take the LAB Traffic 101 Course. What's more, if Keri Caffrey and Mighk Wilson come up with another, better course, I'll take that one too. Next week, I'll add my own, personal, Reason 38 - "do it for the Yeti."