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Will LAB inspire people disgruntled with Bike Ed to create
Red Cross Effective Cycling?

Probably not - but we should be embarrassed that education supporters think it necessary to consider the possibility.  And if LAB were proactive in our public relations, we would very openly address the problems that have led to this.

A small piece of the discussion thus far:

Editor's note: Some of the email addresses here are obsolete.


Subj: [BTI] How about the Red Cross?
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2001 12:36 am EST
From: [address removed] (Fred Oswald)
To:    BTI@topica.com

We have had discussions at various times about how poorly LAB has handled their education program (now called "Bike Ed").  I presume that BTI is too small and lacks resources and people to run such a program.  Has anyone considering approaching the Red Cross?

We often compare the extremely poor bicycle training our society provides to children with the competent swimming lessons provided by the Red Cross.  In addition, for about 30 years, the Red Cross canoe and kayak instruction program has involved competent canoe enthusiasts from the stronger canoe clubs plus the excellent professional instruction from the Nautala Outdoor Center.

If the Red Cross could be persuaded to take on Effective Cycling, they just might do it properly.  They have the national (even international) organization and reputation to pull it off.

Whadd'a think?

[address removed]


Subj: Re: [BTI] How about the Red Cross?
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2001 8:01 pm EST
From: [address removed] Sarah
To:    BTI@topica.com

In a message dated 10/15/2001 1:36:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Fred Oswald writes:

We have had discussions at various times about how poorly LAB has handled their education program (now called "Bike Ed").  I presume that BTI is too small and lacks resources and people to run such a program.  Has anyone considering approaching the Red Cross?

As a prospective volunteer for the Red Cross, I think I can say that this idea may have merit.  When I was going through some of their disaster training courses, involving delivery of services to victims of disaster and assessment of damage resulting from disaster, it occurred to me that some of the transportation involved with these tasks would be done just as well or even better by bicycle--roads may be impassable by car, but somebody on a full suspension mountain bike with knobby tires might be able to get through more easily, and in the event of unrideability, just hop off and the bicycling Red Cross volunteer is an instant pedestrian.  And I *know* that the Red Cross is hurtin' for volunteers.  They just may be willing to take on something like this as a you-give-me-some-of-yours-and-I'll-give-you-some-of-mine kind of deal.

Sarah


Subj: Re: [BTI] How about the Red Cross?
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2001 11:08 pm EST
From: [address removed] Cyclemedia
To:    BTI@topica.com

It's a GREAT idea!


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