LAB Reform -- Site Map
Articles on the LAB Reform web site
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- 'Home' page, www.labreform.org/
Summarizes our concerns with the leadership at LAB. Links to other
- Vision of a Cyclist Friendly Bikeleague,
Here is a summary of what LAB Reform is trying to accomplish and how the
League presently falls short.
- Bicycle Friendly Communities -- NOT so Friendly to
LAB has "honored" communities that restrict our rights, ban us from
important roads and build dangerous facilities. Bicycles don't need friends,
they are only machines. Let's be Cyclist Friendly instead!
- The LAB Reform Blog,
The LAB Leadership Crisis
- Bill Hoffman Resigns from
League Board ... "I have decided to resign from the Board at the end of my
current term." ... "The LAB of today, in my opinion, is not acting in the
interests of its most loyal members."
- A challenge to the League's board: reform thyself,
Editorial by John Schubert.
- Why LAB Should Move Out of Washington,
Editorial by Bill Hoffman.
- Policies for Restoration of the League
of American Bicyclists, www.labreform.org/LABReformPolicies.html
John Forester's roadmap for the restoration of the League of American
- The LAB Election Scandal of 2003,
Interference by a faction of the Board -- Includes favorable treatment for
board nominee, sneak-attack mailing, changing the rules, false and
- Greehan's legal threat to LAB Reform,
Former LAB President Mike Greehan threatened three leaders of LAB Reform
with legal action in a brazen attempt to stifle dissent. When we
stood up to his threat, he denied that he actually threatened to sue us --
only "legal action." This reminds us of a recent politician who tried
to dodge questions by saying: "It depends on what the meaning of the
word 'is' is."
- Sneak LAB Bylaws Changes,
In 2003, a faction of the board quietly gutted most of the tools that
ensured members' right to exercise their right to direct actions of the
League. Learn how they did it and how they did not even give the other
board members much notice of these radical changes in League governance.
- President Kegel's Answer to LAB Reform,
"Positive Change at the League!" by former board President Chris Kegel is a
pitiful collection of excuses for the sneak attack on members' rights.
- LAB Bylaws Reforms,
Ideas for reforms that would improve governance of LAB.
- LAB Reform meeting with members of LAB Board,
Notes of an informal meeting between members of the board (Chris Kegel,
Preston Tyree, John Allen, Joe Stafford) and Fred Oswald, Bill Hoffman,
Steve Gottlieb, Chuck Smith, Mike Abrams. As a result of this meeting, LAB
Reform declaired a "truce" whereby we removed some contentious material from
this site in return for assurances of reforms in the governance of
LAB. Unfortunaltely, most board promises were broken.
- Critical comments not welcome at LAB,
The ruling faction closely controls what you can read in the LAB magazine
and Bikeleague News. Here is an article rejected in 2004.
- Which Way LAB?,
An open letter by Bill Hoffman, John Allen and Diane Jacoby, distributed at
the 2002 Rally. This was the beginning of LAB Reform.
- Who We Are, www.labreform.org/who.html
A list of some of the leaders of LAB Reform.
LAB History & News
- A Brief History of LAB,
Bill Hoffman's account from the founding in 1880, through golden years,
decline, revival and various crises to the present.
- LAB Reform's Successes,
The reform movement (starting before we began calling ourselves LAB Reform)
has had some positive impact on the League.
- The Kentucky amicus brief,
LAB Reform heartily commends LAB for its role in the creation and submission
of the amicus brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. This is
exactly the type of work LAB should be doing in support of cyclists’ rights
and they almost got it right.
- Sacking Schubert,
John Schubert tried doggedly to prevent disaster in the Education
program. Rather than fix the mess, President Kegel forced Schubert to
We graduated several League Certified Instructors (LCIs) this year who
are utterly unable to perform, let alone teach, the basic content of Bike Ed
Road I. One was heard to say, "I could never ride a bike in traffic."
--- from Schubert's resignation letter.
- Schubert's Education committee emails,
Read them to see how the problems festered.
... he made wholesale changes in format (schedule) and content to the
training seminar manual without consulting us, and then applied those
changes in setting up at least two seminars. Among the changes was a
unilateral decision on who would teach the seminars that raised serious
concerns about the quality of the seminars--the undergirding of the entire
LCI development process. And all this before he had ever taught his
first Road I course!
- BikeLeague News As it SHOULD BE,
News we would get from LAB if it were run for benefit of members.
- Misplaced Advocacy,
Article by Bill Hoffman and Fred Oswald explains how misinformed "bicycle
advocates" make cycling for transportation more dangerous, more difficult
and less useful.
- More Misplaced Advocacy,
More misinformed advocacy and how it harms cyclists.
- Best Practices of Cycling Advocacy,
Here are the right things to do to encourage cycling.
- Bicycle Blunders and Smarter Solutions,
This series of illustrated articles discusses common blunders (serious
mistakes) related to bicycle use, education, advocacy, engineering, and
traffic laws. Then it discusses Smarter Solutions to get beyond the
- Bicycling Fallacies of the "Car
The Three Big Lies" about cycling that were invented by the "Car Culture"
to push cyclists out of the way.
- Training Wheels and Bike Lanes,
How both training wheels and bike lanes act as crutches, allowing peoiple
to ride without learning how to do it properly.
- Who's Elitist?,
The most knowledgable cyclists may be elite but they are hardly
elitist. On the other hand, saying that the average person can't learn
sounds elist to us!
- Pretending to accommodate bicyclists is no solution,
Don't sweep known safety hazards under the rug. This article by John
Schubert is reprinted from Southwest Cycling News of Austin Texas.
- Who Really Benefits From Bikeways?,
This article by John Forester shows how separate bikeways were invented by
the motoring establishment to get cyclists out of the way so they could
drive faster. Read how bicycle advocates were duped into supporting
the motorists' agenda.
- The Danger to Cycling of Anti-Car Advocacy,
Why anti-car advocates are often anti-cyclist as well by J.F. Scott.
- Cycling for Conservation,
This author started riding to work for conservation and eventually learned
to be a cyclist.
Cycling Education & Safety Articles
- LAB Reform Education Section,
articles, handouts, links for videos and a photo gallery.
- Blunders in Teaching,
www.labreform.org/blunders/b2.html -- from the series Bicycle Blunders and
- Smarter Solutions: Education & Advocacy,
www.labreform.org/blunders/b8.html -- from the series Bicycle Blunders and
- Let's Stop Miseducating Society About Cycling,
Why traditional "bike safety" teaching is wrong and what to do about it.
- Why Cyclists Should Stay Out of the Gutter",
Why it is safer to ride assertively rather than submissively in the
- Armadillos and Cyclists,
How intuition and instinct can be dangerous for cyclists -- and armadillos
- Dr. Bikelove,
A light-hearted cycling advice column by Bruce Rosar. The Doctor is in!
Bicycle Traffic Law Reform
- Reforming Bicycle Traffic Laws,
One of the board members arranged for this article by Fred Oswald to be
published in the spring or summer issue of the LAB magazine in 2004.
It never appeared. Apparently the editor had "more important" subjects
than law reform to cover.
- What's the legal climate for bicyclists in
your state?, www.labreform.org/LAW-bike-laws.pdf
A 1982 American Wheelman article by Edward Kearney. LAB once
supported fair laws for cyclists.
- Bicycle Traffic Law Reform,
This presentation by Fred Oswald was shown to the LAB board in Mar 06.
It covers improving laws at the local, state and national levels. The
author has surveyed and rated local ordinances of 65 communities in NE Ohio,
written proposals for state law reforms and started a committee to rate laws
of all 50 states.
LAB Reform salutes the board for its new interest in this vital subject and
we welcome their support. We hope the support goes beyond lip service.
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