Do you even know about the efforts of LAB and the LCI program? Classes are available all over the country. The problem is hardly anyone is taking the classes, or reading the books. The problem is that cyclists don't know what they don't know
. They trivialize VC and equate it to "no-brainer" cycling. Why read a book or take a class about no-brainer
cycling just to learn "practical, common sense skills"? Do you really have to read a book or take a class to do that? Come on! This is why hundreds of cyclists are needlessly
killed in the U.S. every year, and thousands more needlessly
injured, because they are employing techniques that make them far more vulnerable to collisions than they have to be. And I'm not just talking about running red lights. I'm talking about stuff like being oblivious to the relationship between lane position and visibility and predictability. The fact that the vast majority of cyclists don't have a clue about this one concept alone shows that VC is neither "common sense" (at least in our culture) nor is it "no-brainer" cycling. It's about making cycling safer, saving lives, and thus ultimately making cycling more popular (based on the assumption that the single biggest factor making cycling less popular than it is in the U.S. is the perception that it is inherently unsafe to ride a bicycle in traffic).
The classes are out there. The books are out there. No one is taking them, or reading them. It's not about politics, cult-dogma, branding and organizational self-preservation (what organization are you talking about anyway? LAB? You think VC is about preserving LAB??? ROTLFOL!) It IS about advocating
, publicizing, the fact taht cyclists can make cycling in traffic much safer by altering their own behavior.