Title 39: A Bike's-Eye View 2019, Various locations based on date of class., Wednesday, 08. May 2019


NOTE: THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ONLY.
Dates and locations of classes:

Middlesex County - May 8, 2019 - Middlesex County Police Training Center, 11 Patrol Road, Edison, NJ (NOTE: Class starts at 1000 for this location only)
Bergen County - May 15, 2019 - Fair Lawn Fire Co. 3, 2-05 Plaza Road, Fair Lawn, NJ
Atlantic County - May 16, 2019 - Police Training Center, 5033 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Ocean County - May 22, 2019 - Stafford Township Police Department, 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ

Course Description
Law enforcement officers are very familiar with motor vehicle law. But their frame of reference is how it relates to motorized traffic. 
Title 39 explicitly gives bicycle riders the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles (39:4-14.1). Most, but not all, of Title 39 applies to bicyclists. Since the view from a bicycle is different, and a bicyclist is not surrounded by a sturdy metal structure to protect him/herself, the view of those rights and duties is different from the saddle. There are also inconsistencies in Title 39 that may impact officers’ response to bicyclists’ actions. 
Title 39: A Bike's Eye View was developed specifically for New Jersey law enforcement officers and addresses these issues. The program increases awareness of Title 39’s impact on the bicycle rider and gives traffic patrol officers the opportunity to experience that perspective. 
Classroom modules (3.5 hours): Instruction is provided by law enforcement officer and a national League Coach with the League of American Bicyclists. The classroom portion covers the three “E’s”:


Education: Traffic skills education


Engineering: Highway and bikeway designs, controls


Enforcement: Equitable treatment of cyclists through the legal process, including bicycle crash investigation


…and briefly touches on additional “E’s” — Equality, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
 On-bike modules (3 hours):


Hazard avoidance techniques that are taught to the public to help avoid crashes (Rock Dodge, Quick Stop, Avoidance Weave and Instant Turn; these same techniques are taught in the IPMBA course for officers on bikes).


Road ride designed to include as many types of roads as is feasible based on course location (residential/arterial, narrow/wide, turn lanes, 4-way stops, etc.). 


The on-bike modules are optional, but are strongly recommended. While the classroom modules provide insight into the way officers interact with bicyclists, the on-bike portion makes the difference. Officers’ understanding of Title 39 as it applies to bicycles changes when they are on bicycles in traffic. The on-bike experience creates a new awareness of what it means to drive a bicycle. 
We request that participants in the on-bike portion not wear uniforms/duty belts, unless required. Motorists' reaction to bicyclists may differ when the rider is a citizen vs. an officer with "POLICE" in large letters across the back of his/her shirt. 
Equipment required for participation in on-bike modules: Bicycle and helmet
THIS COURSE IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE NJ DIVISION OF HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY.

Wednesday, 08. May 2019, Various locations based on date of class., Title 39: A Bike's-Eye View 2019

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