Effective CyclingThese practices are based upon years of statistical data about the experiences of cyclists. The Effective Cycling program consists of text books and training courses (for both students and instructors) and a training video for students.
Effective Cycling is a trademarked cycling educational program designed by John Forester, which was the national education program of the League of American Wheelmen for a number of years. The EC program helps people learn to ride more efficiently, safely, and enjoyably. The heart of the program is a set of vehicular cycling practices.
The VC principle is often misunderstood to mean act like you re a car . Forester argues that behaving otherwise actually increases the likelihood of collisions with other vehicles. Forester summarizes the rules of the road for vehicle operation in five principles: Forester sums up Effective Cycling with what he calls the vehicular cycling (VC) principle: Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. This injunction is consistent with the rules of the road, which generally apply to all types of drivers of vehicles.
Forester s injunction speaks not only to cyclist behavior but also to the way cyclists should be treated by motorists, police, and road engineers. Forester generally opposes facilities (such as bicycle lanes) which he contends encourage behavior that is contrary to the vehicular cycling practices. This contention is challenged by those who believe that such segregated cycle facilities increase cyclist safety (or at least increase the number of bicyclists). .
At most, it means to act like a driver of a low-powered motorcycle. The primary recommendation is that a bicyclist, as an operator of a pedal vehicle, should follow the rules of the road that are common to all vehicle types.