LCI Spotlight: Bernard Green
The League has been teaching and certifying League Cycling Instructors for decades. With more than 4,000 LCIs across the country, the League’s bike education curriculum is ubiquitous. We’re highlighting some of the great work our LCIs are doing in communities from coast to coast.
Bernard Green, a Marina, CA, resident, has been an LCI since summer 2013. We asked him a few questions to learn more about his take on bicycle education and some of his favorite teaching moments.
What drew you to the Smart Cycling program and to become an LCI?
After realizing my interest in transportation planning, the question of why people chose to drive by themselves instead of flying on bikes came to mind. Safe and accessible infrastructure aside, I realized that the concept of riding next to speeding cars is a major hindrance for the majority of potential riders. Using the Smart Cycling program to build confidence and advocate for smarter infrastructure seemed like the most logical way to affect change.
What’s your bike story?
After rummaging through my garage as a teenager, I came across my dad’s old 70’s road bike. After pumping it up and flying through the neighborhood, I was reminded of the freedom and joy I experienced when riding as a child. I just couldn’t get enough after that! I had a short bout of track riding, and eventually realized the real gem for me was commuting and exploring by bike. I’ve since worked to help others discover the joy of riding, and the many benefits of pedal-powered propulsion.
What’s your favorite thing about being an LCI?
It’s all worth it when I’m able to help a rider discover something new or uniquely intriguing about bicycling. Whether this person is a novice or experienced rider, I’ve been blessed to experience this with every rider I’ve worked with.
Photo by BicyclingMonterey.com
Do you have a favorite teaching story?
What’s the hardest part about being an LCI?
No question about it, discussing bicycle equity and infrastructure with those more confident riding in traffic. As an urban planner and passionate advocate it’s painful to hear someone publicly advocate for less physical protection between people on bikes and in cars. The responsibility of our honor and privilege as bicycle pioneers is to advocate for systems that accommodate the needs of more vulnerable and confident riders alike.