Below is my candadacy statement as it appeared during the campaign for LAB
Regional Director in Jan 2003. All that has been changed is a few obsolete
links have been updated. You can read what happened, including the
LAB Election Scandal of 2003.
Fred Oswald’s Candidacy Statement
for LAB Board from Region 4
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio)
I have enough petitions to be on the 2003 ballot. A huge
THANK YOU to all who helped, especially those who collected signatures from
other LAB members.
The ballot will be sent out in mid-February. Ballots must be
returned to LAB by April 15 to be counted. Now that I have qualified
for the ballot, I will need your vote to actually be elected to the board.
My goals in campaigning for the board include working with volunteers and
staff to: (1) Ensure that LAB does more to protect the right of cyclists to
use the roads; (2) Educate society about proper bicycle operation; (3)
Improve the status of cyclists in society; (4) Improve LAB’s service to
members; (5) Make the LAB board and staff more responsive.
At present, four of the directors are appointed by the board’s
nominating committee rather than being elected by members. This
contributes to the lack of responsiveness of the present board.
Education and protecting cyclists’ rights can be accomplished through the
Teach society that bicycles are vehicles that belong on the roadway and
that should be driven by the same rules of the road as are other vehicles.
Much of this education must be through the media, such as public service
announcements on radio & TV, op ed articles in newspapers, position papers sent
to editors (so they write accurate stories about bicycle use and safety issues),
etc. You can see educational materials I have written from the links
below. Cycling education is the ultimate solution to most of our
Support volunteers in a project to evaluate and propose reforms for the
bicycle traffic laws in all 50 states starting with the rules of the Uniform
Vehicle Code. I started a small committee that has begun this
You can see our preliminary work from this link.
Assist in defending lawful cyclists harassed and wrongly prosecuted by
misguided law enforcement officials for simply using the roads. Recent
examples include Selz in Ohio and Clark in Michigan, among other cases.
For details, see my article
Bicycle “Right to the Road” Cases.
Support our right to fair treatment in civil court cases by working to
overturn the dangerous precedent set in the Boub and Lattimer cases in
Illinois. For information, see
Bicycle “Right to the Road” Cases.
It is easier for you to just turn the page and not to bother to send in your
ballot. It would have been easier for me not to take the effort to run for
the board, but I really love cycling and we really need to have the
League stand up for us. Please allow me to work to make LAB the best
organization that it can be for those of us who love to ride. I ask for
If you do not live in Region 4 —
Please contact the
board member from your region with your concerns. If you do not get a
satisfactory answer, consider running yourself when that seat is next up for
election. (Terms run 3 years.) If you are from New England or New
York (Region 1), then please support John Allen, author of Street Smarts. John and I will work
together to protect cyclists’ rights if you elect us.
Thank you for your help. For comments or questions, contact
Rev. 1/18/03 (minor update to links 11/20/07)