Are Unaccredited “Safety” Classes Putting Us At Risk

One thing that always confused me about cycling safety classes is that while the proponents claim that bicycles are vehicles which should be treated equally, when it comes to cycling classes we are unequal.

That is, one of the things that motoring has going for it is that is much government support:

“Selecting a Driving School: Preparing Your Teenager for Driver Education and Driver Training”

Where’s the link to “Selecting a Cycling Safety Class”?

The thing is that these education programs have structure that is spoken about in the government run web sites:

“California law requires a person under the age of 18 to complete one of the following classroom driver education and driver training courses:

25 hours of classroom instruction (not including breaks or time for meals), or home study or Internet training program (must be equivalent to classroom instruction requirements).
6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel training.
50 hours of supervised driving practice that includes 10 hours of driving during darkness.”

I find it to be very comforting and important that there is a standard format for classes.

In fact I think that unaccredited classes should be illegal. Or at the very least they should have to note that they are totally unaccredited and that their material has not been vetted by an expert agency.


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