March 7th 2013 at Bicycle Renaissance

“What Winter Storm?”

Where the Bike Lane Ends
Hosted by Bicycle Renaissance
March 7th 2013

Last night’s seminar at Bike Renaissance was a great success, and as a presenter and cyclist, it was very gratifying to me. I sensed a strong connection with each of you, I know that many of you were taking notes, and based on the feedback I received after the session, I think my message was well received. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to talk to you about my favorite subject – biking in traffic!

We all owe a big “Thank You” to our hosts at Bicycle Renaissance – for their time, their support, and for their BAGS OF GIFTS and PRIZES! Jimmy – Eric – You guys are the best!

Riding season is upon us! Remember your Mantra! Project your Roadway Persona! Keep in touch everybody!


Here are just a few snapshots of the evening for your scrapbooks.

Lance Jacobs and Renaissance Manager Jimmy Ling, ready to the event.

Lance Jacobs and Renaissance Manager Jimmy Ling, ready to the event.

Getting technical - Lance explores the dynamics of Sharing a Wide Lane

Getting technical – Lance explores the dynamics of Sharing a Wide Lane

The house was near capacity despite dire weather predictions!

The house was near capacity despite dire weather predictions!

So many goodies, so little time.

So many goodies, so little time.

Lots of Happy RAFFLE PRIZE Winners

Lots of RAFFLE WINNERS thanks to Bicycle Renaissance

 No one left empty handed as Bike Renaissance gave generous GOODY BAGS to all.

No one left empty handed – Jimmy handing out generous GOODY BAGS to all.

About the author

Lance Jacobs

A native New Yorker, biking has been part of my life from my paper route in 5th grade, through my international tours on 4 continents. Now, as a League Certified Instructor (LCI #3507), my focus is on studying and teaching the best way to ride in NYC's unique street environment. I love cycling and I love my city. I believe riding our streets can be stress free when approached with some solid skills, some basic knowledge, and the right frame of mind.


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  1. Nick & Joanna

    Lance and the fine folks at Bicycle Renaissance treated guests to a great night of fun and learning. It’s always a good thing when those two things are combined. We learned a lot about bicycling in the city safely and confidently. Many thanks to Lance and company for everything.

  2. Sam

    I also attended “Where the Bike Lane Ends” seminar at Bicycle Renaissance on Thursday night, March 7.

    While some of the ideas that Lance expresses made sense (such as using hand signals and making yourself more visible with reflective clothing), the suggestion that a bicyclist should travel in the middle of a traffic lane (like any other vehicle) seemed to be suicidal. Isn’t it advantageous for a bicyclist to use the tiny “footprint” of their vehicle to avoid contact with all other traffic?

    Last week, I decided to have faith in Lance’s philosophy. I began to “TAKE THE LANE” and ride more to the center of the road. Strangely enough, other drivers reacted to me as if I were just another slower moving vehicle. As I rode along, i received more respect and courtesy than ever before.

    Yes, Lance is knowledgeable, experienced, and a great communicator. The principles and philosophies that he teaches do work!

    Thank you, Lance, for teaching me how to be a safer cyclist who enjoys riding even more.

  3. Donald

    My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the “Where the Bike Lane Ends” seminar on Thursday evening. As a NYC police officer who is also patrol bicycle qualified, I give my personal thumbs up to all the tips and concepts that Lance presented. If only all cyclists adopted Lance’s commonsense approach to cycling in traffic, our urban roadway’s would not only be safer, but also friendlier. I encourage all cyclists, even experienced ones like myself, to attend future seminars. And after you do, I hope to see you riding with me wearing visible clothing, donning helmets, using hand signals, making eye contact with motorists, and riding on bikes equipped with lights and audible warning devices. Ride on!

  4. Monica

    I have been a cyclist for years but had been afraid to bike in NYC after two accidents many years ago. Attending Lance’s seminar at Bike Renaissance on Thursday night was revelatory as well as extremely informative. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the ideas, like communicating with drivers and positioning for visibility. I’m actually planning to buy a new bike from Renaissance and am looking forward to riding in the city again. The seminar was fun – Lance brings his experience as a cyclist as well as his engaging personality to the seminars and I think it would benefit all kinds of riders, from beginners to seasoned.

  5. Gerry Brooks

    Lance – Your seminar “Where The Bike lane Ends” was extremely informative and professionally done. The graphics were excellent and your focus on developing positive attitudes in a new and evolving situation (safe cycling in the urban environment) is just where the focus should be in my opinion. I am sure that your seminars are going to do a lot to increase bicycling safety in the City.As a former educational supervisor I realize that when you observe something that is so well presented you are still charged with making some constructive criticism,so perhaps when you mention road obstruction avoidance, you can also note road conditions, ie;, sewer gratings, pothole avoidance, metal construction plates, etc.GREAT JOB.

  6. Mofrobeat

    I attended “Where the Bike Lane Ends” at Bicycle Renaissance on Thursday nite, and came away incredibly impressed. Lance was incredibly engaging, professional and knowledgable. I came away from the seminar thinking very differently about what it means to be an urban cyclist, and how to project my “roadway persona.” I’m still thinking about different road scenarios 24 hrs later! I would recommend this seminar to any and every cyclist in NYC. Thanks Lance!

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