Allan Dunlop

Allan DunlopAllan Dunlop is the Director of the Center for Cycling Education.

Allan is the first person in North America to be certified to train cycling instructors in both the United States and Canada, as Master Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling program, and a National Examiner with Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program.

He has had the role of lead instructor and instructor trainer with many cycling education programs in both the United States and Canada, and is responsible for the development and improvement of a wide range of public education materials, student education programs and instructor development programs. He has trained more than 7200 students of all ages, as well as training and mentoring many instructors.

In the spring of 2010, he developed the Defensive Cycling curriculum for the traffic citation dismissal program in Austin, Texas, an initiative of the Austin Cycling Association (now BikeAustin) and the Austin Municipal Court. In the fall of 2012, the first interactive, online traffic skills course for cyclists was released. In April 2013, it was accepted by the Austin Municipal Court for fulfilling the requirements of the Defensive Cycling program. This training option is the first of its kind for cyclists anywhere in the world. As of May 2015, nearly 1000 people have taken part in this training via the classroom and online options. A North America-wide version of the online course was released in December 2014, and separate courses created for the USA and Canada in February 2015.

In addition to his current training capacities, he was the Lead Instructor and Instructor Trainer (2003 – 2004) and Instructor (2002) with Bike to Work Victoria’s adult Traffic Skills Course. As well, he was Lead Instructor and Instructor Trainer for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s Bike Smarts school program in Greater Victoria, British Columbia (2002 – 2009).

Other experience includes working as Co-Coordinator of Bike to Work Week 2002 (Victoria, BC, Canada), and Coordinator of Bike Week (2000), Bike Month (2001) and the Commuter Challenge (2000 and 2001) in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

His many roles in cycling advocacy and public education include coordinating numerous city-wide cycling events as well as being a director with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Vice-Chair of the City of Victoria’s Cycling Advisory Committee, and holding the position as President of the British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC). He was a member of the group that worked to bring the Pro Bike/Pro Walk Conference (as it was then known) to Victoria, BC in 2004.

Allan’s education background includes the Bachelor of Science program in Biology (University of Victoria, Victoria, BC) and the Associate of Arts program in Business (Camosun College, Victoria, BC).

He has been a cyclist since 1969, when his Dad built him his first bike. His grandfather owned a bike shop in Wales, and his father was a bike mechanic for a time in Wales and the United States just after World War 2.

Instructing credentials

  • Creator of the first commercial, online course used for cycling ticket dismissal in the United States.
  • First person in North America to be certified to train instructors in both the United States and Canada
  • Has taught cycling traffic safety to more than 7000 individuals, in-person, on-bike and online.
  • Director (2008 – present) — Center for Cycling Education
  • Nationally certified Smart Cycling Master Instructor — League of American Bicyclists (2008)
  • Nationally certified CAN-BIKE National Examiner — Canadian Cycling Association (now Cycling Canada) (2007)
  • Lead Instructor and head of instructor development (2002—2008) — Cycling Solutions Canada / Cycling Solutions USA
  • Lead Instructor and Instructor Trainer (2003—2004), Instructor (2002) — Bike to Work Victoria’s Traffic Skills Course
  • Lead Instructor and Instructor Trainer, Greater Victoria (2002 – present) — Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s Bike Smarts school-based program

Other related work

  • Transportation Demand Management Coordinator, University of Victoria 2005/2006 (Victoria, BC, Canada)
  • Co-Coordinator, Bike to Work Week 2002 (Victoria, BC, Canada)
  • Coordinator, Bike Month 2001 / Commuter Challenge (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)
  • Coordinator, Bike Week 2000 / Commuter Challenge (Nanaimo, BC, Canada)

Cycling advocacy affiliations

  • President, British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) (2003-2004 / Director, 2000-2007)
  • Member, Education Committee, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVCC) (2004-2005)
  • GVCC Delegate to ProWalk/ProBike Conference 2004 — Victoria, BC
  • Founding Committee Member, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 Host Committee (2003-2004)
  • Director, Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society (2003)
  • Vice-Chair, City of Victoria Cycling Advisory Committee (2002-2003)
  • Director, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition (GVCC) (2001-2002)
  • GVCC Delegate to ProBike/ProWalk Conference 2002 — St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Active Member and Advocate, Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition (GNCC) (1999-2002)