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Safety Tips for Riders


02/12/2024
General, Ride, Training


Rider safety is a top priority at Bike to Cure and in the weeks of training that lead up to ride weekend.
We work with local municipalities, police officers and course officials to help create a safe experience for our Riders, however, everyone plays an individual key role.

Please take a moment to review and apply these Top 10 important safety & proper etiquette tips.
  1. Wear a cycling helmet. Any Rider without a helmet will not be able to participate in Bike to Cure.
  2. Follow the “Rules of the Road”, which means as you ride with car traffic you must abide by all traffic laws. It’s important to note that roads and intersections are not closed to traffic, so you have to obey all stop signs and traffic signals.
  3. Watch out at intersections, especially when crossing an intersection that is not staffed by a police officer. Each Rider is individually responsible for their own safety and confirming that an intersection is safe to cross.
  4. Use verbal commands and hand signals — Most bike accidents occur when two or more bikes collide, usually caused when one Rider isn’t paying attention. Use loud and clear communication! Declare your intentions by using hand signals to alert drivers and Riders when you turn, slow or stop.
  5. Don’t ride more than two abreast — Traveling in groups of more than two Riders side by side makes it difficult for both cars and other Riders to pass safely.
  6. Be predictable – Other Riders expect you to continue straight ahead at a constant speed unless you indicate differently.
  7. Change positions correctly - You should always pass others on their left. Say “on your left” to warn the cyclist you plan on passing.
  8. Announce hazards like holes, glass, sand, etc.
  9. If you need to stop (such as to fix a flat), move all the way off the road. Do not ever stop in middle of the road.
  10. Keep ears free. Do not use headphones or cell phones while riding so that you can hear yo fellow Riders and car traffic. Your cell phone is an important safety tool in cases of emergency, so bring a fully charged phone to Bike to Cure.
Remember, Bike to Cure is a ride not a race. Have fun, be safe!
 
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