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Objectives for this project have changed, with new content available online. We need to reevaluate, and complete. (JS 12/09)

This wiki is for registered users to post ideas for this project to create a series of short videos illustrating bike maintenance and riding concepts for use in training volunteers for bike rodeos, etc; and also in large-group presentations such as school assemblies. Also may be useful for Road 1 classroom sessions, and elsewhere.

This project should be completed by fall of 2008. Curriculum should be finalized by September. This schedule will not be met, we will be working over the winter and probably shoot in the spring, due to a very busy season!

This discussion has been dormant for some time, but I just came across this: (external link)

Our SRTS presentations this year gave me new perspective on what is needed, and therefore we will be writing new script.

Taping — as much as possible
Editing — at least SVDC needs
unedited shots in available format
DVD final product
1.5 hrs total
Close ups
On site Morgana run
Riding — helmet cam?
April 09 shoot outside
notes on modules
Greg made some excellent suggestions on 2008.12.10:
What is the narrative? — best would probably be an instructor leading a group with common questions (i.e. brake pad loose on safety check) that branch to repair details. The details can be different look than the main footage to ease continuity issues. (we'd still have a close up of the brake in the main video, but could separate out the fixes and shoot htose separately)


This is what really needs contribution/critique from many sources. This will be finished when we have scripts and outlines of video shots that can be presented to the cinematographer.

First job is to list ALL the things we might want to include. Duplication is OK at this point: we want to see everything needed, and how it fits together.

To start at the very beginning, I have recently revised the instructions for How to Ride A Bicycle, which we use at almost every rodeo we do, and could easily have volunteers do: (external link)

This is basically a finished script, I feel. Ideas?

Here are tips from a recent LCI list request for a short list of important topics to display at a charity ride safety table:

1. Helmet fit: Eyes, Ears, and Mouth — look up, you should just see the front edge of your helmet; side buckles should be just under your ears, and when you open your mouth, the chin strap should be tight.

2 Bike mechanical safety: Steering, Stopping and Security (this covers more than the ABCQCheck for bikes of unknown repair condition):

Steering — try to turn bars while holding front wheel between your knees, and push down on road-bike brake levers. check air in front and back tires, ensure front wheel is tight in fork and spokes are tensioned.

Stopping — squeeze brakes as hard as you can: levers should not touch bars, pads should not touch tires, and pads should not twist.

Security — try to twist and tilt seat; ensure pedals, cranks, racks, fenders, bags etc. are on tight, and clothes (especially right pant leg and shoelace) are secure.

See (external link)
for more details.

3. Look where you are going, for diversion hazards and loss-of-traction hazards (sand, wet leaves, etc.)

4.Always look back before moving sideways on the road.

Randal — Where do folks put their hands on the bars before they look over their left shoulder? There's an article in the June 2008 issue of Bicycling magazine — not online, as far as I can tell — that suggests putting your right hand against the stem as you look over your left shoulder, in order to minimize your drift left into traffic.

Jim — Saw that: found the whole advice page embarassing. We teach to keep hands on the grips or brakes. We're not doing a Madison here!

5. Ride legally — especially; yield when required, ride no more than two abreast, stay to the right and pass on the left (with an audible signal passing cyclists), and use hand signals (but yell "stop" rather than hand-signal to other cyclists if stopping fast).

6. Move off the road when stopped (especially for large group rides like yours).

Back to our original list (this needs cleaned up)

  • Helmet need, fit

  • Bike Fit — standover — Adjusting seats incl. step on pedal to raise seatpost,

demo shifting

replace chain (in S check?)

  • Safety Check: Steering (air in tires, tight steering, hands on bars), Stopping (brakes, cables) and Security (bike parts on tight, shoes tied, pants secured, helmet on right, how to use a lock). (ADD ABCQC for LAB use)

  • Balance bike (how to ride a two-wheeler)

Randal — Isn't this step too basic for our audience?
(Jim) See above re rodeo volunteer training

  • Causes of Crashes – Most are falls: Diversion/traction
    • sidewalk riding — Driveways, intersections

  • Riding skills: starting and stopping PPP, Hard Braking, Scan Back, signals

  • Yield Right of way

  • Ride with traffic

This list is just to get us thinking about how these segments will differ, and how they will be used together. A comprehensive list will include also the mechanical need to knows from Road 1, some traffic maneuvers, and some equipment stuff.

Questions from Bob

  1. Please define the audience(s)

For the grant it's volunteers or staff from groups and organizations that hire OCBC for training. The example at hand is Slavic Village Development Corp, which has us train their Morgana Run trailblazers (monitors). Secondary uses will be to illustrate school assemblies and road 1 classroom presentations.

  1. I see the possibility of having all this stuff stream on a website or via links to various sites; and available on DVDs for play in the usual ways. Is there another distribution plan?

Not yet.

  1. In most cases the segments should be no more than 2-4 minutes.

Yes, or even shorter. How long can it take to show a diversion hazard?!

  1. What about interactivity? Should viewers be able to choose among options on the site or dvd, and get feedback?

Would be lovely, maybe outside the initial scope.

  1. Plans for accompanying pamphlets etc?

Not yet, should be.

  1. Much or most of this can be filmed anywhere (making a left turn or fitting a helmet is the same in Cleveland as in Boston). Is there a need to shoot in Cleveland?

Not sure.


  1. Some of this basic information already exists in one form or another (don't ride on sidewalk, or watch out for car doors segments of the MassBike? training video) and at least some of the visual material may be recyclable with a different narrative/voice and additional filming.

I've suggested to the LAB thay could participate by at least furnishing footage from Enjoy the Ride, which has pretty good production values.

  1. You'd mentioned an overall budget up to $12k on the phone. How much of that is available for the production of this video, and how much goes to administrative overhead and related costs?

See the budget of the proposal I sent, and will post here soon.

  1. It seems you need a letter of agreement that would include an approved outline and shooting plan as a first step, along with a budget, timeline and related documents. To produce these documents we need to accomplish a number of things, including narrowing the list and focusing on priorities; developing the approach (with approvals); then cast and contract the actors, find locations, set shooting dates, decide on graphics, develop distribution strategy (is it all going onto an existing website, what about #5, pamphlets — who designs these?)

Lets flesh out this list here!

Lauren wrote:
I like Bob‘s idea of short video clips ala YouTube?. Maybe even go so far as to make them visual/ music only so it’s as detailed as possible visually, and let the presenter do the talk skewed to their audience.

Yes, the concept is to have short modules that can be combined in different ways. Narration will be needed for some applications.

As it’s for both adults and pre-teens, I’d also recommend COMEDY. Attention will be paid and tips more likely remembered when it’s funny.

Funny is good, but can be dangerous (lame jokes are worse than no jokes).

We have to be different; otherwise we’re just redoing what’s already been done.

other examples of bike safety videos:

see list at (external link)

We should have a good list of others' work to start from. I have not seen anything that does all we need. If there is, we should not be doing this!

First, here is Bob's work for Massbike: (external link) (external link)
(cheesy, preachy 50's film strip — but it rhymes!) (external link)
Good advice from 1963, with a compelling storyline, like Gilligan's Island (external link)
more of a promo piece, stuff to avoid. (external link)
Not a video, but good tech curriculum

Here, finally, is a very good site we should not duplicate (external link)

Stuff on learning to ride, that may not be used for this,
Bike New York has a nice little slide presentation in PDF format that goes thru the steps: (external link)

See also, (external link)

In addition to this, I've found these to be good supplements and background info for the Kids curricula:

From Bicycling Magazine's archives, "How to Raise a Cyclist" (external link),6610,s1-4-41-15194-1,00.html

"Teach Your Kid to Ride" (external link),6610,s-4-41-15195-1,00.html

"Teach Anyone to Ride" (external link),6610,s1-4-41-15120-1,00.html

"The Pedaling Primer" (external link),6610,s1-4-41-4911-1,00.html

From an LCI with an info-mercial bent: (external link)

What offers (external link)

NEW 9/19/08
Nighk Wilson's PPP (external link)

same from Martin Pion (external link)

From League of Illinois Bicyclists, for motorists: (external link)

from One Less Car in MD (external link)

NEW 2008.12.10 (external link)

See for example of production values and music Rick discussed at our last meeting (external link)

new 2009 09 09: (external link)
I stopped watching this at the first shot, of a cyclist pedaling casually across a stop line (reviewing revealed some good advice and video, but uneven presentation).

2010 03 06:
How to fix a flat:
Here's a good example that is just WRONG (count the ways!): (external link)

Here is a discussion from the LCI list
If I were going to do a 1-2 hour format, I'd start with our Integrated
traffic Cycling Intro: (external link)
This briefing takes 30 minutes in our Road I classes, mainly because we
don't take a lot of time to answer questions, since the later slides supply
the detailed answers. For a short course I could easily spend an hour on
this briefing, and then supplement it with the following YouTube? videos:
The Rights and Duties of Cyclists: (external link)
Lane Control in Long Beach: (external link)
If questions arose about Arterial Streets, I show this video:
Bicycle Driving on SoCal? Arterials: (external link)
And if I were aiming to plug the full Road I course, I'd show these teaser
Bike Control Drills: (external link)
ABC Quick Check: (external link)
In addition, LCI Rich Conroy has posted a much longer and more detailed
(excellent!) training video through Bike New York that goes into the details
behind the ABC Quick Check:
BikeNewYork? - ABC Quick Check: (external link)
I hope this helps.
- Dan Gutierrez -
Long Beach, CA
LCI # 962 (external link) (external link) (external link)

Adding to Dan's G fine suggestion:

1) Cyclists' Eye View <> Driving
Your Bicycle in Traffic: Short but detailed recap of the Effective
Cycling principles by LA County Bike Coalition/City of Long Beach.
Real traffic scenes, all filmed from bikes and from the "cyclist's eye
view." Cyclists' Eye View is available an additional feature on the
"Enjoy the Ride by League" of American Bicyclists, 2007 (DVD)

2) Effective cycling (DVD) / League of American Bicyclists.
"For bicycling beginners to advanced-- a short guide to the art and
science of traveling by bicycle." Teaches how to ride farther, faster,
safer, more confidently, to more places. The viewer is given an
introduction to traffic bicycling. The video makes cycling sense for
both occasional and avid bicyclists. It gives the best techniques for
trails, urban paths, rural roads and city streets. Newer DVD
available from Seidler Productions, with "Ride on By" 10 minute
informative, motivational video on why enforcing bicycle laws is
important to road users of all ages.

I've build a 1 hour lunch hour presentation around the Cyclist's Eye
View with discussion of the local cycling issues: work access, MPO
Bikeway Plan, discuss upcoming class offering.

--Dan C,
LCI # 1710, Ohio
I like a lot of the ideas posted. My addition would be for the Urban Trailblazer and Slavic Village Development benefit. It would be nice to have a segment explaining good and bad areas of the Morgana Run Trail. My initial thought would be to have someone with a helmet camera riding the trail and stopping at the specific areas.

(JS) there are good examples of universal issues on Morgana Run. agree we should shoot there, esp. as that group is mentioned in the grant!

If needed we could use volunteer residents as actors in the video.
(JS) I asked Farai, who was at the 6/24 Slavic Village Rodeo, he agreed to help.

We should have a segment on safe street riding and safe trail riding.

Include a segment on safety checks, PPP, and other safe riding practices.

I think the simpler the video is the better it will be, but I do agree it needs to be engaging to the viewers.

the budget for this is coming: basically all the funds are for production.

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