Rider safety is our top priority during fitness challenges and on Challenge Day!
Please take every precaution to keep yourself and your fellow riders safe. We share these safety tips to minimize risks during your ride and prepare you for a safe and fun cycling weekend. You can also review the Bike UCI site for more information on staying safe on the road.
RULES OF THE ROAD
You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers when riding on the road. Review the following Rules of the Road to ensure you are ready for a safe ride.
- Helmets must be worn at all times when riding.
- Headphones, iPods and radios are prohibited when riding. Stay alert and focused on your ride.
- Give yourself enough room to maneuver in an emergency. Have plenty of room to stop safely.
- Obey traffic signals and stop signs.
- Give the right of way to emergency vehicles.
- Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.
- Always signal before you turn or stop, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes. Signal well in advance of an intersection and make sure you are in the proper lane position.
- Always pass other riders on the left. Leave room for others to pass on your left and use phrases such as, “passing left,” when passing another rider. Warn others well in advance of passing so you don’t startle them.
- When riding on a trail in a group, use no more than half the trail and leave room for people passing on the left in addition to traffic in the other lane.
- Ride in a straight, single file line; don’t swerve between parked cars or split lanes. Single file is the safest position, especially when allowing room for other riders to pass on the left.
- Don’t ride on sidewalks.
- To cross multiple lanes, move one at a time, scanning and signaling each move.
- You do not have to ride within a bike lane if you are avoiding a hazard.
BIKE SAFETY CHECK
- Tires are sufficiently inflated.
- Brakes are working.
- Chain runs smoothly.
- Quick-release levers are closed.
STAY ALERT WHEN RIDING
- Move off the road if you have to stop.
- Be predictable to other traffic. Use verbal and hand signals to communicate with riders. Remember that riders range from beginners to avid cyclists.
- Communicate with other traffic. Leave plenty of time and provide warning to other cyclists on changes in direction or speed.
- Stay on the marked route.
- Stay alert to avoid road hazards-look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards.
- Verbally call out hazards to other riders, such as shouting, “bump” or “hole.”
- Ride where people can see you. You may want to consider wearing bright clothing.
- Avoid outside the door zone when passing parked cars. Also watch for cars in the parallel parking position.
- If you can’t see a bus, truck, or car mirrors, the drivers can’t see you.
- Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor.
- Make eye contact with others.
- Be careful of motorists passing on the right, around left-turning vehicles.
- Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians and other people on bikes will do next.
- Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
- Keep an eye out for bus stops, driveways, crosswalks and other special traffic zones.