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El Paso, TEXAS – Seven El Pasoans have earned the prestigious certification of League Cycling Instructor (LCI) from the League of American Bicyclists, a 135-year-old national bicycling organization based in Washington DC. The new LCIs are: Victor Cordero, Bennett Foster, Juan Pablo Hernandez, Jorge Lopez, Melissa Lugo, Sarah Rich, and Scott White. El Paso’s first cadre of LCIs have completed in-depth training on teaching skills for cycling in traffic, on trails and with groups of riders,” said Preston Tyree, LCI Coach, and former education director for the League of American Bicyclists. “El Paso LCIs now have access to a nationwide network of more than 4,000 instructors as well as educational tools and resources approved by the League.” The League Cycling Instructor designation is only awarded after a person qualifies for, and excels in, an intense three-day training seminar. LCIs are qualified to teach bicycle safety and cycling skills to riders of all levels. LCIs are most commonly retained for bicycle education and safety programs, and are routinely requested to advise communities on issues of bicycle safety, education and planning. “Las Cruces, with a population one-tenth the size of El Paso, has six LCIs, while Austin has over 30 LCIs,” said Scott White, policy director for Velo Paso. “El Paso went from zero to seven LCIs primarily because Velo Paso and our partners saw this as a critical need that will serve as a first step toward making our city a safer place to ride a bicycle.” Crazy Cat Cyclery and the Bicycle Company provided generous support by funding several Safety Education Scholarships, while the Pizza Joint provided lunch and dinners for the LCI Seminar participants. LCIs are the backbone of the League’s education program,” said Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. “LCIs have demonstrated a proficiency in teaching, a love of cycling, and a willingness to share these skills with other riders.” For additional information on El Paso’s seven new LCIs, Velo Paso will be posting a series of profiles here and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/velopaso. About the League: The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a Bicycle Friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org About Velo Paso: The mission of Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition is to make bicycling and walking safe and accessible for everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach. To learn more, please visit www.velopaso.org

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