Traffic Safety Information
The ALS Association believes that the annual Ride to Defeat
can boast about its safety record with the help of our cyclists and the
assistance that we receive from the local police departments along our 75-mile
route. We are asking that you will continue to ride in a safe and courteous
manner. As always, please look out for the safety of your fellow riders.
VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A
CLOSED COURSE. You will be sharing the road with other vehicles. The motoring
public does not always share in your enthusiasms and efforts during the Ride to
Defeat ALS. Drivers do not always know how to react to cyclists. Please be
aware of vehicles around you. This is NON-COMPETIVE bike ride.
Mother Nature and road surfaces are not always friendly to us either-
both of which we cannot control. We will continually monitor the road condition
and put in a request to the authorities to make needed repairs.
As you read on, refresh yourself with some common sense rules and laws of the
roadway. Together we can make this a safe ride.
Before you start:
- Everyone needs to wear a helmet
- Make sure your rider number will is visable at all
- Bring your own water bottle for refills
- Bring your cell phone with you
On the Road
- THIS IS NOT A CLOSED
Please be aware of the cars on the road. This is a NON-COMPETITIVE
bike ride; DO NOT “race” the course.
- Make sure to ride in a
single file. You are sharing the road with cars.
- The same laws that apply
to motorists apply to cyclists. (If the light is red, you must
stop; Stop at stop signs; Pedestrian crossing, you must stop)
- Obey all traffic control
devices – especially the police officers and fireman assisting with
traffic. They are there for your safety.
- Always wear a properly fitting
helmet. It not only keeps you safe, it is the law.
- Alert other riders of
upcoming road hazards. This can be done with pointing and saying the
hazard you see, such as “gravel” “pothole” etc.
- Give yourself ample room
to maneuver in the event of an emergency.
- Do not use your cell
phone while riding.
- The use of headphones is
PROHIBITED on the route.
- YIELD TO ALL EMERGENCY
VEHICLES!!!!! Move to the right to allow them to pass. Look and listen for
lights and sirens!
- Communicate well in
advance. Use gestures in combination with verbal commands.
- LEFT TURN: Left arm
- RIGHT TURN: Right arm
- “ON YOUR LEFT”: Rider approaching
your left side. Ride steadily and allow room to pass
- “CAR BACK”: Car
approaching from the rear
Combined with pointing, alerts other cyclists to hazardous road conditions
Cyclist is slowing or stopping. May be combined with turning palm of hand
toward people riding behind.
Course Marshals and signage will be stationed to
direct you along the course. Follow the instructions of all on-course
marshals. They are there for your safety, to help you stay on course, and
to be sure all riders are adhering to the ride policies. DO NOT move or alter
signs, cones, or other safety equipment.
Ride on the Right
- Always ride in the same
direction as traffic.
- Always ride in a single
file line. Drafting is STRICTLY PROHIBITED
- Keep as far right as
safely possible. NEVER ride in the opposite lane of travel! Again,
this is not a closed course. You are sharing this with thousands of pounds
of motor vehicles.
- Slower moving cyclists
stay to the right.
- If you are overtaking a
cycle – CLEARLY announce your intentions. Make sure to say “On your left”.
- Ride in the right third
of the lane if there is not sufficient room for lane sharing.
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Ride in a single file.
AGAIN, this is not a closed course. You will be sharing the road with
- Ride in a straight line.
- Don't swerve in the road
or between parked cars.
- Check for traffic before
entering a street or intersection.
- Anticipate hazards and
adjust your position accordingly.
- NEVER cross into
oncoming traffic lanes.
WHAT TO DO:
- If a lane narrows ahead
or is blocked by any motor vehicle, establish your position in traffic
- Use extra caution when
riding where glass and other trash accumulate on the roadway.
- Grates and gutter pans
should be avoided by positioning yourself away from them.
- POT HOLES ARE
be on the lookout and alert others!
TRAFFIC SIGNALS, SIGNS AND POLICE OFFICERS - Obey, Obey,
- Cyclists, just like
motorists, must obey all traffic control devices – that means all traffic
signals, stop and yield signs.
- It takes longer to
travel through an intersection on bike; plan to stop for yellow lights.
- Avoid cars that run red
lights by waiting for the signal to turn green and scan to make sure it's
- FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS
AND INSTRUCTIONS OF ALL POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREMEN DIRECTING TRAFFIC.
Beware of Blind Spots
- Most drivers do not
always expect to see cyclists on the roadway.
- Do not ride next to
another vehicle unless you are in a different lane or passing.
- Be cautious of bigger
cars with mirrors that stick out further than expected. They have been
known to strike cyclist.
- If you can't see the
mirrors on a bus, truck or car, then drivers cannot see you.
Signaling a Turn
- Signal well before the
intersection; make sure you are in proper lane position.
- Left arm out and down
with palm to the rear to indicate stopping
- Left or right arm
straight out to indicate left or right turn
- Constant identification
of potential hazards in front and behind as well as to each side.
- Scanning allows you to
avoid dangerous situations before they happen.
- Scan for motorists, road
conditions, pedestrians, animals, traffic signals.
- We will have roving
support vehicles throughout the whole course to assist with bike problems.
If you need help, turn your bike upside down so the SAG can spot you on
- It is still helpful to
bring tools and parts to deal with mechanical failures, which can leave
- Water, food, sunscreen,
and first aid all are suggested.
Need a Break?
- Utilize all Rest Stops!
They are there for you! They are staffed by people who have VOLUNTEERED
to help you. Use them and tell them how much you appreciate them!
- Water, Gatorade, fruit
and small snack will be provided at all rest stops.
- For your safety at all
rest stops, be sure to use the designated in and outs at each rest stop.
- If you are having
difficulty finishing the ride, we have support vehicles that will move you
to the next rest stop or take you down to Wildwood.
- They are there for you.
They are driven by people who have VOLUNTEERED to help you. Use
them and tell them how much you appreciate them!
- Personal support vehicle
prohibited and will not be permitted to enter into any Rest Stop.
- Be aware of possible
changes in weather and pack accordingly.
- Strong headwinds can
severely slow your pace.
- Be prepared for the
worst that you can expect that season on any given day.
Special Notes for Riding in Groups
- Say "stopping"
if you have to brake hard in a group of cyclists, rather than using a hand
- Don't follow too closely
(draft). This is extremely unsafe and is not permitted on this route.
- Pull completely off the
road or path (especially) if you have to stop.
- Ride single file on busy
paths and on roads with wide lanes that can be shared by a bike and a
passing car. Once again, the ride is not a closed course.
OFF THE ROAD BY 2:00 PM!!!
- We will be pushing
everyone along to get you across the finish line in Wildwood by 2:30 pm.
If you feel you can’t make it, notify any support staff and you will be
assisted. Put your pride and ego aside- you did a great job getting as far
as you did!
Any questions, please contact me directly.