On the Go the Distance Ride, nothing is more important than your safety. Let us say that one more time: NOTHING IS MORE IMPORANT THAN YOUR SAFETY.
- This is a ride and not a race. There is no clock. There is no “winner.” Don’t ride out of control or beyond your abilities.
- Listen to your body, stay hydrated and rest when you need to rest. We want to see all of you at the finish line.
- Always wear your helmet. Always wear your helmet. Did we mention to ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET?
- Get your bike checked out by your favorite bike shop before the day of the Ride to make sure it’s safe and ready to go.
- Except for the first portion of the route, you’ll be riding on roads that are open to traffic. When a vehicle and a bicycle collide, the bicycle (and its rider) ALWAYS LOSES.
- Be aware of vehicles at every moment and follow all traffic rules and signals (including stop signs!).
- Make eye contact with drivers at intersections and do not continue forward unless you’re positive that the driver sees you.
- You need to have all of your senses alert and ready while you ride, so NO EARPHONES may be used during the Ride.
- If you want to make or take a phone call or send a text, pull over to the side of the road first. DO NOT USE A MOBILE DEVICE WHILE YOU’RE RIDING.
- Ride single file and use hand signals and verbal cues to alert other riders.
- When passing another rider (always on the left), be sure to call out “ON YOUR LEFT” in a loud and clear voice.
- Alert riders behind you to debris or other obstacles in the road by pointing to the obstacle and calling out, “glass!” or “obstacle!”
- You can learn more about cycling safely at BicycleSafe.com.
Remember, nothing is more important than your safety!