Online ticket dismissal course for cyclists
Available for implementation anywhere in the USA and Canada.
Contact us for details.
Since July of 2010, we have been offering an option to cyclists that had been available to drivers for years—having a traffic ticket waived in exchange for taking part in valuable, effective training.
Why offer the Defensive Cycling course to traffic citation defendants?
- No cost to the court or other agencies to implement the program.
- Course participants pay the $34.95 course fee, along with court fees and any associated costs.
- We handle all administration and interactions with participants.
- Proven content and platform.
- Customized to include legislation and ordinances for each state/municipality/county.
- Multiple features to ensure full compliance as required by state education agencies.
- Security features for Certificates of Completion and their delivery.
- Years of experience in multiple jurisdictions.
Simple implementation requires only the following:
- Decide to offer the option to defendants.
- Provide a contact at the court who will receive Certificates of Completion via email.
- Communicate the decision and details to court staff. (We provide the necessary details/training materials.)
- Post the option on your court website, and police website if desired. (We provide the content, which you may edit as you see fit.)
Providing this training offers all the benefits of a traditional ‘defensive driving’ course:
- Reduce demands on the courts and police services.
- Improve relations with defendants by providing an education alternative to a fine.
- Decrease the likelihood of repeat offenses.
- Increase road safety.
Created by cycling instructors, for cyclists.
Many jurisdictions offer defendants the option to take a defensive driving course to dismiss a ticket. While there is considerable overlap in the laws governing driving a motor vehicle and riding a bicycle, teaching why and how a cyclist should follow these laws requires specific skills and a different psychological approach.
All course administration is handled by The Center for Cycling Education, including:
- Inquiries from participants.
- Tracking and verification of course progress & completion.
- Creation of the Certificate of Completion for each participant.
- Confirmed delivery of the certificate to the court via email, with the participant being copied on the message.*
* Should you require that participants deliver their certificate in person or by mail, we can make these arrangements.
By taking this course, participants will:
- Reduce the likelihood of receiving further citations.
- Learn the traffic laws that apply to them.
- Explore the many reasons why they benefit from following them.
- Understand the impact of their actions in traffic.
- Become more cooperative and competent on the road.
- Gain significant skills for riding in traffic.
Exceeds national cycling education standards.
The course significantly exceeds the traffic skills training requirements for the national programs in United States and Canada:
Its content and methodology were modeled after state and provincial government standards for defensive driving courses.
With more than 18 years’ experience as an instructor, the primary course developer has been both a Master Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and a National Examiner with the Canadian Cycling Association (now Cycling Canada). Others with these credentials, and numerous instructors with each program, helped develop and review the content and delivery.
In a survey directly following the course, participants have been asked the following questions. Here are the responses to date:
|“Has this training influenced you to ride according to the law?”||88% said 'Yes.'|
|“Did this training help you feel more confident about cycling in traffic?”||93% said 'Yes.'|
Tested and proven content & platform.
The course was developed in 2010 by The Center for Cycling Education as a classroom offering. This was carried out in conjunction with the Austin Cycling Association (now Bike Austin), the City of Austin Municipal Court, and Bike Texas (the statewide cycling advocacy organization). 70 classroom sessions were conducted before the online course was launched in April 2013.
More than 1500 people have taken the classroom or online course to dismiss a traffic ticket. Many others have taken the online course out of general interest, to gain a pedicab license, or to meet training requirements for their employers. The content is designed to be applicable for cyclists of all experience levels.
The systems used to develop and deliver this training are industry-leading, and we have years of experience in their use and implementation.
Easy for defendants to take part in this ‘ticket dismissal’ option:
Time: Approximately 4 hours
- Complete and submit a Deferred Disposition form through the court, along with the payment of the court fee and any other associated charges.
- Sign up for the online course.
- Complete the course with a passing grade (80%).
- A Certificate of Completion will be prepared and emailed directly to the court, or sent to the participant to deliver to the court (depending on your court’s requirements).
- Once the certificate is processed, the fine will be waived and the ticket dismissed.
Participants must read and comply with the Terms and Conditions regarding their participation in the course.
Here is what is explored in the course:
How people behave in traffic
- Our reaction to other people’s errors
- Video: It’s a 3-Way Street
- How do these behaviors come about?
- Our attitude and its impact
- Monitoring our thoughts
- Evaluating our skills
- Learning from our experiences
Bike handling skills
- Parts of the bike
- Does your bike fit you?
- Pedaling cadence
- Riding in a straight line
- Scanning behind
- Optional section: Shifting gears
Being an MVP-C
- Maneuverable: Creating space around you
- Visible: Being seen, day and night
- Predictable: Helping others make the right decisions
- Communicative: Getting across the right messages
Your rights & duties
- Knowing your true place in traffic
- “But you don’t pay for the roads!” (Yes, we do.)
- What’s the point of the law?
- What we expect, and what drivers expect of us
- Our effect on other cyclists
- A summary of traffic laws for cyclists:
- Four levels of traffic laws
- Definition of a bicycle
- Required equipment
- General operation
- Where to ride on the road
- Obeying traffic control devices
- Right of way
- Riding on sidewalks
- Parking your bike
- Legal doesn’t equal safe
- What if we disagree with a law?
Scanning & signaling
Scanning for traffic
- Why it’s important
- Review of steps to make it easier
- When to scan
- Using mirrors
- Why it’s important
- What we need to signal, and tips to make it easier
- Lane changes
- Change of position within a lane
- Pulling onto the roadway
- Waving thanks
- Signaling–how, and how often?
Putting it all together
- Scan, Signal, Scan, Go.
- How this looks in real life
Choosing your place on the road
Choosing a lane and lane position
- A reasoned approach
- Seeing things from a driver’s perspective
- Ride with traffic
- Risks of wrong-way riding
- How we choose our lane position
- Avoiding roadside hazards
- Giving ourselves space
- How far right?
- When we can move left
- Controlling the lane
- How this helps drivers
- What our options are
- Communicating with others
- Some important considerations
- Riding on one-way streets
- What does controlling the lane look like?
- The potential risks
- What’s a safe distance?
- Legal responsibility for drivers & passengers
- What a safe distance looks like
- Do we have to ride in them?
- What are our options?
Lane position at intersections
- A, B or C position?
- Common driver errors at intersections, and how to discourage them
- Stopping at an intersection
- Positioning in bike lanes and at 4-way stops
- Travelling through the intersection
- If you ride in ‘C’ position
- If a driver turns across your path
- Regardless of what lane position you take…
- Right turn only lanes
When stopping is required
- Stop signs and red lights
- What might you miss?
- Go! No, stop!
- Fewer decisions are needed
- Drivers’ perceptions
- The cost of a ticket
- What is the point of the law?
- Where to stop
Right of way
- Don’t assume you have it
- First come, first served
- Yield to the person on the right
- Yield if you are turning
- Taking your turn
- Pedestrians’ right of way
- Which is a legal crosswalk?
- Communicate with others
- Why a green light doesn’t mean ‘go’
- Judging the timing
- Starting off quickly
- Triggering traffic lights
- Right turns
- Left turns
- Changing lanes: moving from ‘C’ position
- Changing lanes: with traffic around you
- Changing lanes: signaling
- Changing lanes: with no traffic around you
- Using the gaps
- Preparing for the turn
- Lane position for the turn
- Waiting position
- Making the turn
Traffic circles & roundabouts
Other riding situations
Passing on the right
- Good reasons not to
- When and how we can do it
- Why do people ride on sidewalks?
- Potential risks
- Making the decision
- Riding near buses
- Riding in parking spaces
- Riding side-by-side
- Riding on paths & trails
Required & optional equipment
- Lighting: what’s needed, and when
ABC Quick Check (bike)
A more detailed check
Sizing, configuring, & adjusting your bike
Parking your bike
- Deterring bike theft
- Where to park your bike
- How to lock it up
- What kind of locks?
Summary & feedback
- Includes an option for a brief survey so you can let us know what you think of the course.