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A sample of the communications I had with Elissa.
Sadly, they were not well received.

[Editor’s notes:  (1) Most email addresses have been removed to protect the privacy of the individuals involved.  (2) At his request, we have removed the last name of the former LAB program director. He is identified below only as “Mike” or “Michael”.]

Date: Wed, Aug 22, 2001 2:49 pm EST

From: Schubley

Subj: Elissa, the latest LCI seminar blow-up….

To: [address removed]

Hi Elissa,

Hope all’s well with you!

I’m sending, under separate cover, my comments on the LCI seminar comments that Bill Hoffman unleashed.

I’m not quite sure how to say this diplomatically, but I continue to think Mike needs to be supervised much more closely.

As much as anyone else, I want to see the Bike Ed program reach more people, and see unnecessary bureaucracy cut out of it.  But when someone cavalierly cuts important stuff, and we find ourselves struggling with that, that makes it more difficult to have a good discussion about appropriate cuts.

Also, I was struck by the unprofessional tone of a recent note Mike sent to the LCI mailing list (reproduced below).  Note the implied confession: he appointed himself to teach several LCI seminars before even teaching a single Road I class!  Also note that teaching Road I in a single day is considered, er, exceptional, and normally done only for well qualified riders.  But the riders in Mike’s one-day class needed lots of basic maintenance instruction, which strongly suggests they were not very advanced.  And two people falling is supposed to be a source of anguish, not a throwaway comment.  Mike says he finds teaching emergency maneuvers "pretty tough." I suspect that’s because he needs to learn more about teaching techniques. . . and therefore is unqualified to teach those techniques, or to write curriculum for others on those techniques.

All for now,

John Schubert


— John Schubert — The Limeport Marketing Group —

— 5996 Beverly Hills Road, Coopersburg PA 18036 —

— 610/282-3085 fax 610/282-2432 [email protected]


Subj: Link

Date: Mon, Aug 20, 2001 2:16 pm EST

From: Mike [last name removed]

To: [LCI List — address removed]

I put Rd I registration online.  I know, that was quick.  I’m learning all the time.  Like when I taught my first Road I class on Saturday.  9 hours in one day.  It turned out pretty well.  10 participants and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsored it at their offices overlooking Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis.  I had two recumbent riders as well.  I did more maintenance than usual as that is what they asked for.  I had two people fall slightly.

Teaching emergency maneuvers is pretty tough.  I enjoyed it though and CBF wants to have a regular class.  Oh yeah, the link www.bikeleague.org/educenter/RdI.htm.  It prints out on two pages, which is less than ideal, but it’s there.  I’ll try to mess with it.

Michael [name deleted]
Program Director
League of American Bicyclists
1612 K St. NW Suite 401
Washington, DC 20006-2802
Web: http://www.bikeleague.org
Email: [address removed] Ph: 202 822-1333
Fx: 202 822-1334

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