Originally Posted by JRA
John S. Allen is one of the more reasonable of the VC party liners, but this is pure horse hockey. He discredits himself.
And your expert credentials are...?
Here are some of John S. Allen's:
2003- Member, Board of Directors, League of American Bicyclists, national bicyclists' organization. 1989-1993, Member, Consumer Affairs Committee, drafted policy on helmet laws. New England Regional Director's Distinguished Service Award, 1991. Founder and member of Massachusetts State Legislative Committee, 1982-1983. Initiated effort for bicycle headlight bill signed into law in 1983 and drafted helmet bill signed into law in 1993. State Legislative Representative, 1984- . League member 1979-.
2003- Member, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, advocacy organization.1989-1992 President, predecessor organization, Boston Area Bicycle Coalition. Director, 1982-1985, 1987-1994. Active in Coalition since 1977.
2003- Member, Bicycle Technical Committee, National Council on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
2003-, 1984-1995, Member, International Human Powered Vehicle Association.
2002- Member, Board of Directors, Bicycle Transportation Institute
1998-2001 Participant, Massachusetts Bicycle Safety Alliance
1998-2000 Member, Steering Committee for development of national bicycling curriculum (U.S. Federal Highway Administration)
1996-2000 Member, Waltham Bicycle Committee.
1994- Member, Bicycle Mobile Hams of America. Government affairs representative, 1996-
1991- 1996 Member, Cambridge (Massachusetts) Bicycle Committee.
1992 Member, MIT Bicycle Committee.
1990-1992 Member, Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Council.
1987-1991 Member, Massachusetts Bicycle Advisory Board.
1989-1991 Member, National Bicycle Policy Project Advisory Council.
1988-1992 Safety Coordinator, Charles River Wheelmen. Member since 1979. Leader of extended tours.
1985- Member, Adventure Cycling Association/Bikecentennial.
1984-1987 Member, Effective Cycling League.
1983-1985 Member, American National Standards Association (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group on bicycle standards.
1980-1992 Member, American Youth Hostels.
EMPLOYMENT IN THE FIELD OF CYCLING
2003-, 1996, 1992, 1984, 1980 Co-author, Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics, third and subsequent editions (Sutherland Publications), the bicycle industry's parts interchangeability "bible;" 1992: Co-author, Sutherland's Handbook of Coaster-Brake and Internally-Geared Hubs.
2002 Member of team developing a national curriculum for police about bicycling, working under contract to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition
2002 Juror, Taiwan bicycle industry international design competition, Taichung, Taiwan.
2001 Assisted Governor's Highway Safety Bureau in development of materials on bicycling safety.
1999 Conducted seminar on bicycle transportation for the St. Louis area. Wrote report, now posted on the Internet.
1995- Conducting ongoing study of bicycle use on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
1995 Technical consultant employed by the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition to conduct a statewide bicycle facilities inventory under contract to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. Principal author of inventory report.
1994, 1993 Researched and wrote reports on bicycle touring routes and commuting routes under contract for Massachusetts Highway Department and Department of Environmental Management.
1990- Trained Boston Metro, Providence, MIT, Lexington and Waltham, Massachusetts police in riding skills. Have taught Effective Cycling/Bicycle Driver Training classes in Boston area since 1982.
1990 Revised Basic Bicycling booklet for League of American Bicyclists.
1988-1994 Contributing Editor, American Bicyclist magazine.
1987 Wrote booklet Bicycling Street Smarts, about correct and safe techniques for urban riding (Rodale Press, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida Departments of Transportation and on the Internet). New edition published by Rubel Bikemaps, 2002. Total circulation over 400,000 copies.
1988, 1987 Instructor in MIT course "Planning for Bicycling."
1985-1986 Revised Glenn's New Complete Bicycle Manual, a major bicycle repair text (Crown Publishers, New York).
1985 Contributor, Bicycle Repair, Easy Bicycle Maintenance and Riding and Racing Techniques, (Rodale Press).
1985-1986 Consultant to Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston, selecting routes for the Massachusetts Bicycle Map; the routes were later adopted by Rubel Bikemaps for its series of bicycle touring maps; continuing consultation with Rubel Bikemaps 1994-present.
1984-1993 Contributing Editor, Bicycle Guide magazine. Author of numerous articles; consultant for startup of magazine.
1984 Consultant on bicycle riding skills for Silver-Burdett children's book Things to Know Before You Buy a Bicycle.
1984 Co-author, Expert Bike Handling (Rodale Press, 1984).
1999, 1995, 1994, 1990, 1987, 1984, 1982, 1978 Co-author, Boston's Bikemap (Rubel Bikemaps). Selected routes for urban route map; 1982- editions: wrote safety instructions.
1982- Expert witness-consultant in bicycle accident cases. Undertook research which led to resolution of numerous major claims. Testified at depositions and in court.
1981-1984 Editor at Large, Bike Tech magazine. Author of numerous articles on maintenance, dimensional standards, lighting and reflectorization, and mechanical theory.
1980-1984 Contributing Editor, Bicycling magazine. Wrote many articles about riding technique, facilities design standards, repair and maintenance. Consultant to the magazine.
1981 Contributor, The Durability Factor (Rodale, 1981).
1980 Author, The Complete Book of Bicycle Commuting (Rodale, 1981): a comprehensive handbook for use of the bicycle as transportation under demanding urban conditions.
1979 Contributor, Bicycle Commuting (Rodale, 1980).
1977- Author, over 200 bicycling articles in magazines named above as well as Bike World, Boys' Life, Human Power, Consumer's Digest, and other publications: subjects: riding technique and maintenance.
INDUSTRY CONFERENCES AND CONVENTIONS ATTENDED
2004, 2001 Attended National Bicycle Summit, Washington, DC
2004, 2003, 2001, 2000 Attended Massachusetts Moving Together conference/Bicycle Conference. Workshop leader, 2002, 1998, 1997.
2003, 1993, 1990, 1982, 1980 Workshop leader on traffic riding techniques at National Rally of the League of American Bicyclists. Attended National Rally, 2004
2004, 2003, 2002, 1996 Attended Interbike international bicycle trade show (Las Vegas, Nevada; Anaheim, California).
2003, 2002 Attended National Council on Uniform Traffic Control Devices meeting, Alexandria, Virginia.
2002, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1990, 1984, 1982 Attended Pro-Bike Conference, an international gathering of bicycle specialists and activists from government, planning and public interest communities. Workshop leader, 2002, 1996.
2002 Attended Bicycle Education Leaders conference, Madison, Wisconsin
2000 Invited participant, NHTSA National Bicycle Safety Conference, Washington, DC
1998, 1995, 1994, 1990, 1988 Workshop leader, GEAR, annual rally of the League of American Bicyclists. 1985, workshop leader, Gear in the Bluegrass, southern rally; 1984, 1983, 1981, workshop leader, Gear-Up, northeastern area rally.
1995 Participant in conference organizing American Society for the Testing of Materials (ASTM) bicycle standards committee.
1995 Workshop presenter, Playing It Safe child safety conference, Worcester, Massachusetts.
1994, 1981, 1979 Attended national tandem bicycle rally.
1995 Workshop leader at Massachusetts Bicyclists' Conference. Co-chair, 1994.
1992 Attended Bicycle Federation of America workshop on Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Washington, DC. Prepared and edited conference transcript.
1991 Co-chair, East Coast Bicycle Conference, Cambridge, MA; attended 1989 conference, New York, and 1987 conference, Washington, D.C.
1991 Workshop leader, Pro-Bike Northwest Conference/League of American Bicyclists National Rally.
1990 Attended Let Kids Live, conference on pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility issues, Hollywood, Florida.
1990 Consultant, Traffic Safety Curriculum Development Conference, Vermont Department of Education.
1990, 1989 Workshop leader, Massachusetts Lifesavers' conference. Organizing committee member for 1992 conference.
1989 Attended Atlantic City Interbike Expo (trade show).
1989, 1987, 1985, 1983 Led workshops at the New England Area Rally. Member of organizing committee, 1983.
1987, 1984 Attended International Human Powered Vehicle Association championships. Judge in Practical Vehicle Competition, 1984,
1987, 1986, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1980 Attended New York's International Cycle Show (trade show). 1984, attended Bicycle Dealers' Showcase Exposition, New York. 1983, panel member, Bicycling magazine seminar for industry representatives on improving product lines. 1982, speaker, Bicycling technical conference.
1985 Attended National Forensic Center conference of expert witnesses and litigation consultants, Chicago.
1983 Featured speaker, Vélo-Quebec bicycle industry conference.
1980-1983 Participant and workshop leader at annual meetings of the Bicycle Network, an international bicyclists' advocacy group.
Bicycling for transportation and recreation since 1964, averaging 2,000-5,000 miles per year in recent years, more than half in Boston urban traffic in all seasons, weather conditions and at all times of day; the rest in tours of 20-100 miles per day. Travel by bicycle in and around San Francisco; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; New York; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington; Montréal; Paris; Taichung, Taiwan; Inchon, Korea and other cities. I own six bicycles, specialized for different purposes (folding bike, day touring bike, long-distance touring bike, mountain bike, "trashmo" for city riding, tandem.) I assemble and maintain all of my bicycles myself.