Thursday, Jun 13, 8 AM-4 PM

Title 32: A Bike’s-Eye View

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office

NOTE: THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO LOUISIANA LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ONLY. Law enforcement officers are very familiar with motor vehicle law. But their frame of reference is how it relates to motorized traffic. Title 32 explicitly gives bicycle riders the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles. Most, but not all, of Title 32 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. Title 32: A Bike's-Eye View was developed specifically for Louisiana law enforcement officers and addresses these issues. The program increases awareness of Title 32’s impact on the bicycle rider and gives traffic patrol officers the opportunity to experience that perspective. Instruction is provided by two League Cycling Instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). One is an LSP officer, the other is an LAB national League Coach. Classroom modules (3.5 hours): 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 techniques …and briefly touches on additional “E’s” — Equity, Encouragement and Evaluation. On-bike modules (3.5 hours): Hazard avoidance techniques that are taught to the public to help avoid crashes. 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.). While the classroom modules provide insight into the way officers interact with bicyclists, the on-bike portion makes the difference. Officers’ understanding of Title 32 as it applies to bicyclists 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. This one-day class runs from 0800 to 1600. Equipment required for participation in classroom modules: none. Equipment required for participation in on-bike modules: Bicycle and helmet.